OP-ED

Inadequate planning of public procurement at public enterprises in Kosovo: the consequences on the budget and public services

In the field of public procurement in Kosovo, public enterprises (PE) constitute a significant percentage of public expenditures, affecting the budget not only at the central level, but also at the local level. In an analysis of contracts from 2021 to date, based on data from the Public Procurement Regulatory Commission (KRPP), about a fifth of all public procurement originates from public enterprises. This shows the great financial weight that public procurement has in this sector.

In order to ensure a more efficient public procurement, institutions or contracting authorities are obliged to submit their procurement plans to the Central Procurement Agency (AQP), which in its mandate is tasked with ensuring a more efficient procurement and in special cases to carry out the entire procurement process for a certain authority. Therefore, the Public Procurement Law (PPL) obliges contracting authorities to submit to the CPA a form detailing all procurement activities that a contracting authority plans to procure in the following fiscal year. It should include details of the estimated value of the contracts, the quantity of goods to be procured and a substantial description of the work envisaged.