Poor reputation and public procurement a no-go, says Transport Minister

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Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) has called for exclusion of poor-reputed applicants from public procurement, Latvian Television reported on  June 10.

The Minister has responded to Prime Minister's criticism of regional transport procurement. Members are skeptical about the inclusion of reputation among criteria, yet support stricter tax conditions.

"How are we to measure reputation? Do we have some kind of reputation police in Latvia?" said Chairman of the Saeima Economic Commission, Ralfs Nemiro.

Representative for Ministry of Transport called on members to discuss how to measure reputation. Krišjānis Feldmans, member of New Conservative Party, suggested that the Prime Minister looks for definition of reputation, since the discussion arose due to his comments. No decisions were yet taken.

"A "reputation" entry means whatever anyone wants it to mean - this rule cannot exist just like that," said Dace Gaile, head of the Procurement Monitoring Bureau.

Corruption researcher Valts Kalniņš agrees. He says he idea is good but believes the requirements must be specific.

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš supports Linkait's initiative to strengthen the Public Procurement Law. He stresses discussions are to continue.


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