On April 19, 2020, a new type of procurement was added to Prozorro—simplified procurement. Now all procuring entities that used direct contracts or pre-threshold procurement for purchases with an expected value of UAH 50,000 to 200,000 for goods and services and up to UAH 1.5 million for works are obliged to hold auctions.
This innovation is designed to cast light on many purchases and create new opportunities for businesses to participate in public procurement. Since these purchases are for relatively low amounts, they have much lower requirements compared to open bidding. Hence the name, simplified procurement.
Transparency International Ukraine has researched:
- how do customers and participants evaluate their experience with simplified procurement and what are the issues that concern them the most;
- how different the competition in simplified procurement is to open bidding;
- how often participants are disqualified in simplified procurement.