Campaign “Fighting Bid-Rigging in Public Procurement” reached a thousand participants

The campaign “Fighting Bid-Rigging in Public Procurement” launched by the AdC in June 2016 reached over a thousand participants over nearly ten sessions that took place in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.

The last sessions took place at the premises of Infraestruturas de Portugal and the Public Prosecutor’s Office on 15 and 16 March, respectively.

The previous sessions organised by the AdC were hosted by several bodies and companies, namely the Interministerial Committee for Public Procurement of the Ministry of Finance, the Águas de Portugal Group, the Institute of Information Technology of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security, the Anti-Corruption Council and Parque Escolar.

The events are intended for adjudicating bodies and aim to raise awareness towards bid-rigging in public procurement, as well as reveal signs and ways to detect such practices, so that these entities are more aware of potential collusive tendering that eliminate competition.

Effective competition in public procurement enables a more efficient allocation of resources and higher quality services which benefit the Government and tax payers.