“Tariff” – Suspicions of abuses in ELEM

 

The procurement of an expensive software for the needs of ELEM was suspicious to the SPO, so it initiated an investigation on the public procurement procedure and the early payment for software parts that still aren’t delivered

 

24 January 2017 – The investigation with a code name “Tariff” is about suspicions for abuses during one public procurement process in the state enterprise for electricity production ELEM, which damaged the budget for nearly half a million euro.

There are seven suspects who partook in the conclusion of an agreement for implementation of software in the amount of more than 4 million euro. According to the presentation, besides the illegalities regarding the public procurement itself, there have been illegalities regarding the software maintenance, and there has also been an early payment. The software should have been installed by the beginning of 2013, however, during the presentation of the investigation there were indications that it still isn’t installed.

The press conference saw the explanation of the suspicions of Abuse of office and authorization covered by Article 353 Paragraph 5 of the Criminal Code:

In this specific case, there is justified suspicion that there has been abuse of offices and authorizations by official and responsible persons in the public procurement of software – ERP for the needs of AD ELEM. The suspects, by not doing their duty, allowed the legal entity – a consortium, which later won the tender, to qualify in the second negotiation phase from the public procurement procedure, although it didn’t deliver the complete documentation. The value of the concluded Agreement on public procurement is 4.092.420 euro.

Details on the statement of the prosecutor Fatime Fetai are available here (in Macedonian).

Follow this link to see how the media reported on this presentation (in Macedonian).

 


This article was created within the framework of the Project to increase the accountability of the politicians and political parties Truthmeter implemented by Metamorphosis. The article is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy(NED) and The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD), a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. The content is the responsibility of its author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Metamorphosis, National Endowment for Democracy, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, or its partners.

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