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New Public Procurement Act
On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. The Act was modeled on a number of EU regulations concerning public procurement, most notably directive on coordination of procedures for award of public works, public supply and public service contracts, directive on procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as directive on review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts.
The most significant novelties introduced under new Act in relation to the former regime include:
- Introduction of electronic auctions and the competitive dialogue procedure;
- Introduction of dynamic purchasing system and Common Procurement Vocabulary;
- Introduction of electronic transmission of tenders;
- Introduction of public announcements via electronic means and obligation to use such electronic means of announcement for any contract or work exceeding HRK 70,000 (about €9,500) in value;
- Introduction of more effective review procedures.
The implementation of the Act is expected to increase transparency, publicity and legal safety of the public procurement procedures in Croatia.
Contributed by Marija Gregorić, Partner at Babić & Partners
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