Monthly Archives: March 2018

A fost promulgată modificarea legii salarizării personalului plătit din fonduri publice

Preşedintele Klaus Iohannis a promulgat pe 28 martie legea de aprobare a OUG nr. 91/2017 pentru modificarea şi completarea Legii-cadru nr. 153/2017 privind salarizarea personalului plătit din fonduri publice.

29 Martie 2018, Sursa : AGERPRES, Administratie.ro, http://www.administratie.ro/

Potrivit legii, s-au mărit grilele de salarizare pe anumite domenii şi au fost stabilite majorări de salarii pentru directori din deconcentrate, personalul din Consiliul Concurenţei, angajaţi ai Oficiului pentru Prevenirea Spălării Banilor, ANI.

De asemenea, orele suplimentare efectuate de poliţişti vor fi plătite cu 75% din solda lor de bază, în condiţiile în care se încadrează într-o limită de 3%. Jandarmii vor avea indemnizaţie de 10% pentru intervenţii, iar medicii, asistentele, şoferii de ambulanţe vor intra de la 1 martie pe grila de salarizare din 2022.

“Pentru activitatea desfăşurată de nevăzătorii cu handicap grav şi accentuat, în cadrul programului normal de lucru, se acordă un spor de 15% din salariul de bază/solda de funcţie/salariul de funcţie/indemnizaţia de încadrare. Celelalte categorii de persoane cu handicap grav şi accentuat care vor beneficia de acest spor se stabilesc prin hotărâre a Guvernului, emisă până la data de 1 septembrie 2018”, prevede actul normativ.

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Planet Integrity : Building a Fairer Society

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Countries must fight corruption, warn international leaders

27th March 18, By: Simone Rensch, Source : Public Finance International, http://www.publicfinanceinternational.org/

Globalisation – the increasing integration of economies in terms of flows of goods, services, capital, people and ideas – has transformed the planet. While it has brought immense benefits, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty, creating economic growth and increasing the range and affordability of goods and services worldwide, it has not benefited everyone equally and countries and individuals remain vulnerable. 

Under the theme “Planet Integrity”, the Forum will debate how integrity cultivates a level playing field for business, reduces socio-economic inequalities, and makes public policies more effective – enhancing the benefits of globalisation for all. The debates will also focus on the governance of globalisation and its role in curbing corruption and unethical practices in areas such as trade, competition, infrastructure, development co-operation, and revenue collection. (Source : OECD Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum, held in Paris in 27 – 28th March 2018, http://www.oecd.org/)

 

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25 Martie 2018, Sursa : posturi.gov.ro, Autor : Cristian Boțan

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Informare – Lansarea noului Sistem Electronic de Achiziții Publice

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23 Martie 2018, Sursa : Agentia pentru Agenda Digitala a Romaniei, Sistemul Electronic de Achizitii Publice

 

Vă informăm că in data de 02 aprilie 2018 se lansează noul Sistem Electronic de Achiziții Publice dezvoltat în urma implementării proiectului denumit „Sistem informatic colaborativ pentru mediu performant de desfășurare al achizițiilor publice – SICAP”.

Principalele facilități care se vor regăsi în noua aplicație SEAP sunt:

– Interfața intuitivă și prietenoasă încă de la înregistrarea în sistem;

– Criterii avansate de căutare și raportare a informațiilor;

– Modul de contracte care permite gestionarea tuturor tipurilor de contracte și a actelor adiționale încheiate;

– Versionări pentru fiecare tip de anunț;

– Modul de activare automată a plăților pentru servicii oferite operatorilor economici;

– Serviciu avansat de notificări automate;

– Operare și vizualizare pe terminale mobile;

– Integrare cu instituții-cheie în domeniul achizițiilor publice;

– Soluție de raportare extinsă pentru instituțiile cu rol de monitorizare, reglementare și control în domeniul achizițiilor publice;

– Încărcare multiplă de documente direct la nivelul procedurii de atribuire;

– Achiziție directă multiplă de la același operator economic;

– Import de repere în catalog;

 

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Public Procurement – Guidance for practitioners

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Useful publication to avoid the most common errors in projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds

21st March, 2018, Source : European Commission, http://ec.europa.eu/

Following on the great success of the first edition with more than 70,000 downloads, DG REGIO is particularly happy to present the new and updated version of the Public Procurement – Guidance for practitioners on the avoidance of the most common errors in projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds. This improved document takes into account the new and simplified EU rules on public procurement and the first direct experience from their implementation on the ground.

 

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When Things Go Wrong In Procurement : 5 Tips On What To Do

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Over the course of the last decade, a lot has changed in public procurement.

17th March, 2018, By Magda Theodate, Source : PSF, https://www.publicspendforum

Among other developments, international organizations have gotten more involved in public procurement policy, creating toolkits (think O.E.C.D in Paris), and standardizing how procurement is integrated in national strategic plans and development projects (e.g., World Bank programs, and that of other regional and international financial institutions). There’s also been a big push for procurement legislation to be implemented in evolving and emerging markets, ensuring greater transparency of government spending. In addition, the private sector has found itself more involved in public-private partnerships, and procurement rules have evolved to accommodate this growing trend.

Despite these efforts, one area still lacks sufficient guidance: what to do when things go wrong in procurement! This article will share 5 tips on how to manage public procurement difficulties when the policies and guidelines fall short. The objective is to avoid or limit potential occurrences that may adversely affect the execution of procurement processes, while maintaining that the expected result must be in conformity with applicable laws, regulations and procedures.

1.Classify problems based impact.

Begin by consulting the internal policies and procedures for procurement, and take note of language related to complaints, protests, challenges or errors. Once you identify whether a principle of procurement or an organizational policy has been violated, you must attempt to classify the impact of the problem. Procurement problems can have either a high, medium, or low impact on the outcome of the process. High impact problems typically affect mandatory aspects of a procurement process and often lead to cancellation. Medium impact errors, may result in a high risk of failure of some aspect of the procurement and can lead to a flawed or failed procurement process. Low impact problems, may be signaled by a disgruntled bidder through a written complaint, or even a formal bid protest, but often lack evidence. Low impact issues frequently result in “paused” procurement proceedings, reputational damage, or reluctance of potential bidders to respond to future opportunities.

You should have a pulse on your organization’s risk tolerance thresholds. If your organization is comfortable managing risks, then there may already be a plan in place outlining the resources to assist you in managing procurement difficulties. However, if the organization is risk-adverse, then you will need to develop your own plan, pooling all available resources. But, before you pull out all the stops, assessing the impact helps to categorize the problem by understanding the procurement risk, then applying practical measures to mitigate.

2.Separate ethical issues from operational ones

Literature on integrity in public procurement tends to focus on conflict of interest, fraud and corruption. Other than advice on disclosure, recusal, or reporting on these incidences, little additional guidance is provided to procurement professionals, unless they’ve received specialized training.

Certainly society has a vested interest in ensuring that public funds are used for their intended purpose, not only because we all benefit when the funds are used for the public good, but also because those funds come from us; the tax-paying public. It is therefore critical that ethical concerns in public procurement be managed apart from operational challenges. When the principles of fairness, equal treatment, and due process are violated, they can taint the credibility of the entire process, and that of involved public procurement officials to a degree resulting in termination of employment. Worse yet,  integrity matters can lead to criminal liability.

Fortunately, there are tools and mechanisms specifically designed to address ethical dilemmas including: ethics codes; declaration and waiver forms; internal and accounting controls; segregation of duties; and access to ethics officers, among other options.

All of the above should be implemented vigorously from the top to bottom of the public procurement hierarchy to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

3.Keep and follow a procurement audit trail

An audit trail is documentary evidence of the sequence of activities that have affected, at any given time, a specific procurement procedure. It ensures there is an internal control environment that supports a transparent procurement process.

In procurement, the audit trail consists of two main categories:

  1. Information about the actual data generated; it’s the who, what, where, what kind, and how many documentation of the procurement process; and
  2. Information about how data was analyzed (e.g., notes kept by evaluators, information flows in committee, identifying who will be responsible for what, etc.).

Procurement professionals should be informed of the scope of the audit, which would provide a window on the risk areas requiring special attention in any procurement organization. Procurement errors tend to revolve around completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of processes. Resulting recommendations often point to areas for improvement in procurement planning, tools, training, monitoring and reporting, and staffing resources. Pay particular attention to those.

4.Integrate other resources across your organization

Procurement challenges whether in the form of bid protests, professional error in the process, failure to adhere to the terms of the solicitation, or the like, should not be managed in a silo by the procurement department. Going it alone is not an option!

Team effort is particularly necessary when managing public procurement spend. A good team scenario would involve four to five staff, including:

(i)  the manager of the affected department;

(ii) the procurement professional in charge of the process in question;

(iii) a legal procurement expert who can explain the legal implications for the organization and enforce the organization’s legal strategy, including who can bring a challenge, under what rules, in what forum, and potential legal consequences;

(iv) a subject matter expert (on call) who can provide specific information on the product or service being procured, including market conditions; and

(v) a financial or accounting member who understands the budget lines of the organization and keep tabs on potential expenditure linked to the procurement error or challenge.

5.Seek external expert guidance

Best efforts should be made to resolve the matter internally, however, sometimes, the internal resources are insufficient. If your organization permits seeking external assistance, and there are no available in-house “experts” with the experience to assist, then external resources may be the best option.

In addition to international agency guidelines, other tools to explore include:

(i) national laws, with associated guidelines on how to manage procurement issues;

(ii) specialty firms for procurement professionals, offering on-line consultations; and

(iii) local, national, and international trade associations which offer case studies, “thought” pieces, and news-setting precedent from procurement experiences gathered from global sources. Many professional associations also offer webinars and chats with other procurement professionals, which allow anonymity, while offering a chance to share experiences and seek guidance to facilitate answers to the most difficult of procurement problems.

In the end, whether in procurement or any other field, experience is your most important ally. The more experience we gain, the more we develop the competencies necessary to manage procurement challenges, along with the confidence to do so with ease. Each challenge brings important lessons, and each lesson will help you overcome new obstacles the next time things go wrong in procurement.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Magda Theodate is a U.S. licensed attorney, and international development consultant. She has 10+years of experience working on international development cooperation programs, focused on overcoming project implementation challenges in procurement, trade, and good governance in evolving economies. To learn more, please visit:www.globalexecutivetrade.com.

 

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Posturi din ultimele 7 zile în Administrația Românească

posturi.gov.ro cuprinde posturile vacante de funcționar public din administrația centrală și locală.

Inițiativa reprezintă continuarea proiectului PublicJob.ro, coordonat de drd. Cristian Boțan — fost consilier în cadrul Cancelariei Prim-ministrului României.

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11 Martie 2018, Sursa : posturi.gov.ro, Autor : Cristian Boțan

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Posturi din ultimele 7 zile în Administrația Românească

posturi.gov.ro cuprinde posturile vacante de funcționar public din administrația centrală și locală.

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4 Martie 2018, Sursa : posturi.gov.ro, Autor : Cristian Boțan

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Romanian government approves new mandatory FIDIC conditions for Romanian infrastructure projects

1st March, 2018, By : Cristina Popescu, Source : C/M/S/ Law-Now, http://www.cms-lawnow.com/

 

The Romanian government recently issued Decision no. 1/2018 (the “Decision”) approving the short form agreement as well as the general and specific conditions (the “Model Agreement”) to be used by contracting authorities in Romania for procurement of works or design and works.

Previous model agreements, issued by the Romanian Ministry of Transportation in Order 600, generated widespread criticism among national and international contractors working in Romania and deterred international contractors from bidding on tenders organised under Order 600. As a result, the European Commission requested Romanian authorities to reconsider Order 600 in order to be granted European financing for infrastructure projects.

 

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