Beltsy became a model in the field of public procurement organization
When the Beltsy mayor’s office was headed by Renato Usatii, the Beltsy municipality became a model of transparency in the field of public procurement, contracts and decisions of public importance, leaving both the rest of Moldova and also the official capital of the country far behind.
This is evidenced by the report “Transparency of Local Government: between Progress and Involution” prepared by IDIS “Viitorul” institute together with the Slovak INEKO institute with the support of the US Embassy in Moldova.
According to the report, the share of settlements where local authorities at least publish advertisements on procurement from time to time does not reach 40 percent. “Only five mayor’s offices published announcements on public procurement plans on the Internet,” legal expert of IDIS Viitorul, Viorel Pyrvan, said at a press conference.
At the same time, only six settlements publish reports on the results of their procurement. The expert stressed that Beltsy’s mayor’s office is the positive etalon in this sense. He said that the administration of the municipality in 2016 regularly published plans, contracts and procurement results, and in 2017 it started publishing even those documents that, in principle, it is not obliged to represent the public, according to the law.
According to the authors of the study, transparency in the field of public procurement is necessary, since this region is “extremely vulnerable to various fraudulent schemes, corruption and conflict of interest. Maximum transparency is absolutely necessary given that public procurement involves the use of public funds, and works and services are performed in the public interests.”
In this regard, the director of the Slovak Institute for Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO) Peter Golias expressed satisfaction that “local authorities found the motivation to become more open with respect to society so as not to leave space for corruption”, citing, for example, in particular, the mayor’s office of Beltsy municipality.