Mária T. Patakyova
Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law, Institute of European Law. Šafárikovo nám. č. 6, 810 00 Bratislava, Slovakia
3rd International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2019 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana – Slovenia, March 28, 2019, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia; Doba Business School – Maribor, Slovenia; Integrated Business Faculty – Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Management – Zajecar, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-17-2, ISSN 2683-4510
Nowadays, many countries suffer from loss of confidence of their citizens. Huge protests are spread throughout many states even in the EU. The time has come to analyze the principles of good governance in order to make states trustworthy organizations again. This paper aims to contribute to the discussion by focusing on independence of state authorities. As public spending is often a cause of citizens’ dissatisfaction with governments, the independence of public procurement authorities shall be analyzed in particular. This paper deals with requirements for independence and applies them to a chosen public procurement authority, the Office for Public Procurement, which is the central authority for administration of public procurements in the Slovak Republic. Since there have been many affairs related to misspending of public resources, the de facto independence of the Office for Public Procurement can be questioned. Therefore, the paper puts forward the legal framework in which the Office for Public Procurement operates, and discusses its functioning in practice.
Public procurement, Office for Public Procurement, Independence, De facto independence
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