Polish Tender Problems

Krasnodębska-Tomkiel on a Mission

Krasnodębska on a Mission

At the moment, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) is undertaking 57 proceedings in order to investigate attempts to manipulate the results of tenders. This is a significant number taking into account that UOKiK previously only made over a dozen such decisions. Meanwhile, the European Commission has published a report about dangers connected with tenders in Poland. The report mentions illegal agreements that seek to gain benefit over the competition. The coordination of various national institutions provides an effective defence against these agreements. “That is why we cooperate with the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA), Public Procurement Office and the National Board of Appeal,” said Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel, head of UOKiK. An example of such cooperation is the latest decision in which a penalty of PLN 2 milion was meted out to six IT companies. They influenced the results of tenders for the supply of hardware to schools and libraries in Lower Silesia.

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