The second convention held by the Provincial Agency for Public Contracts - following the event in mid-October - addresses the theme of modernization within the context of public procurement, examining the opportunities and strategies that accompany these developments.
At the conference at Palazzo Widmann, in front of an audience of more than a hundred people (from Public Administration representatives and technical experts to legal experts and other professionals), the president of the Province Arno Kompatscher welcomed the Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Riccardo Nencini.
The new European guidelines on the public contract and procurement system cleared the way for the Alto Adige (South Tyrol) region to establish its own regulations, and the province has developed its own bill to accommodate the new European directives.
"This is a pilot project that demonstrates how responsible autonomy and good management skills can serve as a breeding ground for ideas on a national level," commented Kompatscher.
The President of the region went on to summarize the objectives of the provincial bill: "The idea is to take full advantage of the room for maneuver granted by the European directives through a host of innovative solutions, accelerating towards the digitalization of procedures, promoting quality criteria and introducing a number of measures designed to simplify bureaucratic procedures to render the awarding of public contracts more flexible."
Alto Adige can now adopt clearer and more uniform rules on public procurement and will be the first Italian region (and indeed one of the first in Europe) to introduce a law regarding this matter, assuming governance of all the contracting authorities within the territory.A series of ad-hoc procedures in the field of services to individuals are also set to be introduced, with greater attention to ecological and social concerns.
Kompatscher then went on to emphasize the fact that the objective of the provincial law is to ensure greater legal certainty, "and that a handbook is also planned, in which all of the relevant legislation will be collected, designed to accompany each step in the procurement process," he announced.
Deputy Minister Nencini also stressed that the Province of Bolzano is the first in Italy to deal with the enabling act. Passed by the Senate and now under discussion in the Chamber of Deputies, it is hoped that the law will be approved before Christmas, with a view to implementing it from Spring 2016.
The Ministry has been working on a series of reforms to the text, reducing the lengthy time scales currently involved in Italy (currently 14 years to complete a project worth more than €100 million) due to lack of planning, lack of funding, legal and jurisdictional reasons.
The Deputy Minister also pointed out that the reform to the Procurement Code is also designed to: provide answers on transparency and corruption, with a focus on the project, the marginalization of variants and lowest possible price approaches; introduce the obligation to register and supervise the relevant interest groups; and safeguard "Made in Italy" products, through a rule which allows companies to choose suppliers using Italian products where the offer is equivalent to that presented by other suppliers.
Among the main points of the new law, Nencini drew attention to the major emphasis on the social clause, the digital forms of tender, and the qualification of innovative companies.During the conference, Ludovica Lardera, CEO of IFABER, which provides consulting services to private companies and Public Administration bodies on the electronic management of procurement processes, provided further insights into e-procurement developments in Italy, as well as addressing the new EU directives
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