Caretaker PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov: Indications of fraud were discovered in 9 public procurement procedures of the Ministry of Defence17 February 2017 | 14:56 | FOCUS News Agency
“I ordered the evaluation on January 30, that was also the behest of former PM Boyko Borisov and the president of the republic during the forming of the caretaker cabinet. The evaluation was conducted by the department controlling bodies, and the signals were sent to the competent institutions for further actions,” Gerdzhikov stated.
“During the public procurements evaluation, some of the ministries had no violations established in the public procurement processes. There are specific cases of administrative or technical mistakes, but in general they do not affect the lawfulness of the procedures,” he noted. According to him, these were the ministry of finance, of transport, information technology and communications, of youth and sports, of environment and water, of agriculture and food, of labour and social policy, of education and science, of tourism, and of energy. “The situation is different in the other ministries. In the ministry of defence, 113 public procurement procedures were conducted in 2016. Out of them, 31 were cancelled. 82 remain – for delivery of goods and providing of services, which were completed with the signing of a contract. In result, 123 contracts and 23 additional agreements were signed. During the analysis conducted, violations were established in 45 out of 82 procedures – more than half of them – 45 violations of the law on public procurements and other regulations. Out of them, 9 procedures were established to have indications for fraud and other serious violations, and were handed to the Military Prosecutor’s Office. The others were sent to the agency for state financial inspection,” the caretaker PM noted.
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