Government contracts improperly awarded

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3 August 2007, THE HAGUE – Dutch ministries have been violating European tendering regulations for years, according to figures from the Audit Chamber. Last year at least EUR 43 million was spent without regard for proper procedures.

3 August 2007

THE HAGUE – Dutch ministries have been violating European tendering regulations for years, according to figures from the Audit Chamber. Last year at least EUR 43 million was spent without regard for proper procedures.

The total amount could be a great deal higher. The justice ministry is the worst culprit in "forgetting" to ask for offers from more than one contractor. The ministries of social affairs and finance come in second and third place.

The MKB association for small and medium-sized business said on Thursday that the government as a whole fails to properly tender out about 70 percent of orders. This week it emerged that ministers Koenders and Rouvoet had failed to follow the rules in awarding government orders for the organisation of certain events.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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