The Center for Civil Communications announced its latest annual ranking of ministries, secretariats and parliaments in accordance with transparency, accountability and integrity in public procurement.

According to the survey, the institutions that spends the least money, and vice versa, are best ranked.

The Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of the Interior rank the least on the list, with only 37% of the established criteria, while the Secretariat for Implementation of the Framework Agreement and the Secretariat for European Affairs, which meet 71% of the criteria, are best ranked.

“The six highest ranked institutions, with a percentage of 61-71%, actually spent the least of its public procurement money, or 15% of the total funds. By contrast, the two institutions with the lowest percentage of fulfillment, between 31-37%, spent as much as 39% of the total public procurement funds. Of these, the lowest ranked institution – the Ministry of Education and Science, has the largest volume of supplies,” found the study.

No institution has fulfilled all or at least a large part of the established criteria for transparency, accountability and integrity in all phases of the public procurement cycle, that is, from determining the procurement needs through planning and conducting tenders until the realization of contracts.

“All the analyzed institutions are in the three medium ranking levels. No institution is ranked in the best, “high” level of transparency, accountability and integrity in public procurement, nor the weakest, “weak” level. Most institutions are ranked in the “limited” level, meeting the criteria between 40 and 60%. Considering that it is a ranking based on 31 criteria established by the obligations arising from the Law on Public Procurement, the obligations arising from the Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership 2016-2018 and the obligations imposed by the good practice, it follows that ” institutions in Macedonia are not making enough effort to guarantee efficient, purposeful and rational spending of public money,” says the research.