During 20 October – 13November 2015, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Moldova (CCI) in partnership with the German Development Cooperation through GIZ organized an information seminar for 215 economic operators in three Development Regions of the country (North, Centre and South).

The event took place within the project ‘Modernization of local public services in the Republic of Moldova’, component ‘Complementary private sector support’ and was funded from the sources of European Union (EU). The purpose of the seminar was to familiarize the participants with the new provisions of updated legal framework for public procurement. Tatiana Bilba, GIZ advisor for complementary private sector support stressed that: ‘The purpose of the seminar aimed at familiarizing participants with the novelty of the Law on Public Procurement no. 131 of 3 July 2015 and its adjustment to EU requirements and standards by applying Directives no. 18 and 24. The topics discussed at this seminar will help facilitate the interpretation of new legislative aspects and correct application of the legal framework in public procurement’.

The expert in public procurement, Ecaterina Grib, said: ‘The public procurement system represents a strategic area in any country and must follow transparent procedures in public money spending, ensuring fair competition between suppliers’.

Angela Prisacaru, executive director of FPC ‘Ascensiune’ LLC from Soroca town: ‘During my professional activity I had certain situations when I did not know what to do, but due to today’s seminar I realized what was the solution for that situations. The lesson learned today is: knowledge of the legislation is the most important. However, we must not forget the practical side, and in the future, it would be desirable to organize seminars related to the application of the new legal framework provisions through the prism of concrete cases’.

Aliona Popova, representative of ‘Universal’ LLC from Ceadir-Lunga town said about the usefulness of these seminars due to the fact that ‘we as economic agents have the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest information on the legal framework in public procurement, so as to avoid certain mistakes in this regard in the future’.

Tatiana Babici, accountant at LLC ‘Javelin’ from Ungheni town: ‘A big volume of information was presented. We just have to take it over, assimilate and put it into practice. Before coming to this seminar I got acquainted with the new law on public procurement, but anyway there are many details, and is one thing when you read it and quite another when someone else explains it, and this seminar focused on that – explaining in detail the new legal framework in public procurement’.

We would like to recall that training seminars for economic operators operating in the fields of water supply and sanitation, solid waste management, energy efficiency in public buildings and local and regional roads were held in 9 localities of the country: Hincesti (20 October), Telenesti (21 October), Balti (28 October), Soroca (29 October), Ceadir – Lunga (30 October), Ungheni (4 November), Edinet (5 November), Tighina (6 November), Cimislia (11 November) and Criuleni (12 November).

The project ‘Modernization of local public services in the Republic of Moldova’ is implemented by German Development Cooperation through GIZ and is financially supported by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the European Union and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).