Seimas speaker favors rejecting president’s veto on municipal in-house purchases

Viktoras Pranskietis
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov

“There is no solution as to how enterprises operating in municipalities would be replaced if there are no in-house purchases. Thus, we can’t just close them and say this is no longer allowed,” he said on the Žinių Radijas station on Wednesday.

Pranckietis believes that direct measures should be taken to combat corruption in municipalities.

“We must rein in the corrupt system, rather than thinking that this form of procurement feeds the corrupt system. Perhaps we should look for ways and discuss how to solve this problem,” he said.

The speaker thinks that the Seimas is likely to override the presidential veto.

“Yes, it appears so,” he said when asked if the parliament would likely overturn the veto.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Tuesday vetoed amendments to the Law on Public Procurement that left open the possibility for in-house purchases by local governments. In her opinion, such contracts distort competition and are a seedbed for corruption and must therefore be prohibited without any exceptions.

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