Policy Advice and Support in Legislative Drafting for eProcurement Reforms

Location:

Moldova

TCRS Number:

1187

Business sector:

Legal reform

Notice type:

Public

Status:

TC Com approved

PSD disclosed:

20 Dec 2016

Project Description

The proposed project (the “Project”) will assist the government of Moldova with drafting the new electronic procurement (“eProcurement) policies and designing an eProcurement reform strategy for the public sector in Moldova, which will help increase the transparency and efficiency of public procurement procedures in Moldova.

On 3 July 2015, the Parliament of Moldova adopted a new law on public procurement (the “Public Procurement Law”). The adoption of the Public Procurement Law constitutes an important milestone of the government agenda of modernising national public procurement framework, driven by cooperation with the European Union as well as its commitment to accede to the Agreement on Government Procurement of the World Trade Organisation (the “WTO GPA”).
While the Public Procurement Law corrected some coverage problems, further legislative work is needed to bring national legislation in compliance with the mandatory WTO GPA accession requirements and incorporate eProcurement reforms, designed to improve transparency and accountability of public procurement. As such, the Government of Moldova made a decision to focus on eProcurement reform immediately upon adoption of the new Public Procurement Law.

Based on the successful cooperation between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the “Bank”) and the government of Moldova in the context of accession to the WTO GPA, the government of Moldova has requested further assistance from the Bank with designing and implementing eProcurement reforms. These reforms are expected to complement the WTO GPA accession process.

The Project is fully in line with the Legal Transition Team Action Plan 2013-2015 approved on 15 November 2012 (the “Action Plan”), which incorporates developing legal standards and providing policy advice and implementation support for eProcurement reforms in the public sector (see, e.g., Section 3.13.4) as one of the key directions for the Legal Transition Team in the designated period of time.

Further to that, the Project is fully in line with the Legal Transition Programme Operational Plan 2016-2018 (the “Operational Plan”) which provides that advice and assistance with developing reform strategies, implementation plans, eProcurement legislation and introducing the eProcurement tools in practice will be offered to Ukraine, Moldova, Tajikistan and Mongolia (see Section 5.7.4 of the Operational Plan).

The Country Strategy for Moldova adopted on 30 April 2014 noted the need for greater compliance with international standards,  which can be achieved through implementing the Project tasks of introducing eProcurement procedures in Moldova.

Project Objectives

Electronic procurement legal framework adopted and operational in Moldova.

TC Recipient Information

Government of Moldova.

Project Cost

€ 375,923.00

Funding Summary

EBRD’s Special Shareholders Fund (SSF)

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

Email: eSelection@ebrd.com

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

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Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

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