FOL Movement met the Mayor of Prishtina Mr. Shpend Ahmeti about the transparency in Public procurement

Prishtina, 16th January 2014 – With the purpose to discuss and promote transparency of local governments Movement FOL today met the Mayor of Prishtina, Mr. Ahmeti. In this meeting was discussed about the possibility of cooperation between the Municipality of Prishtina and FOL Movement and particularly about the possibility of monitoring the public procurement processes in Prishtina Municipality.

Petrit Zogaj from Movement FOL said that considering the need and willingness to enhance transparency at the municipal level in order to increase the level of good governance and the prevention of misuse, mismanagement and corruption in this sector. He further added that, according to many local and international reports one of the most sensitive sectors regarding corruption affairs is public procurement sector because through this mechanism is spent a large amount of the public money. On this occasion Petrit Zogaj said that we have taken the initiative to ask six municipalities to allow us to monitor procurement procedures in these municipalities.

The Mayor of Pristina, Mr. Ahmeti appreciated civil society’s willingness to cooperate with the Municipality of Prishtina, especially enhancing the transparency of the municipality. He expressed his willingness as mayor about the possibilities of cooperation with Movement FOL regarding transparency in public procurement and the process of Kosovo’s membership in the Open Government Partnership. He further said that “it is in the interest of the municipality to improve the level of transparency in procurement sector, there are also some other problems in this municipality as well that should be avoided, such as the conflict of interest”.

At the end of the meeting both sides agreed that in a short time they will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in order to monitor public procurement procedures in Prishtina Municipality in accordance with this memorandum.

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