Inadequate contract monitoring by the contracting authorities is one of the most significant factors in creating a risk of corruption and unfair competition in public procurements. This was the conclusion of a new report by the Swedish Competition Authority that describes the views of Procurement Officers regarding issues relating to unfair competition.
Family or friendly ties between employees and bidders, as well as consultants that assist Procurement Officers in procurement procedures are other risk factors for corruption that are mentioned by purchasing agencies in the study.
“Unfair competition in the form of corruption, bidding collusion and other dishonest behaviour damages the economy, and especially harms public procurement,” according to Rikard Jermsten, the Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority.
The survey that the Swedish Competition Authority report describes also shows that more than two-thirds of the contracting authorities are of the opinion that they need more information and knowledge about how bidding collusion can be prevented and discovered.
“The descriptions by the Procurement Officers of the problems they encounter in their daily work are very important to the Swedish Competition Authority. These allow us to more efficiently exercise oversight, and at the same time facilitate the work of the Procurement Officers against corruption and unfair competition,” declares Rikard Jermsten.
The report issued by the Swedish Competition Authority contains both a picture of how contracting authorities experience and combat corruption and unfair competition, and a description of various forms of corruption and unfair competition with respect to public procurement.
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