The town of Žiar nad Hronom has proven that even a small town can implement progressive technological solutions along with the best of them, thanks not only to a number of new business partners, but also to an improved image among local suppliers, councillors and residents, while effectively managing public funds and making full use of the city's capacities. The jury positively evaluates above all their active approach to public procurement issues and the fact that the public sector does not have to be a "scarecrow", but can also be a reliable business partner.
2nd place - Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region
The Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region has chosen a radical way of digitalising public procurement, known as “electric shock treatment”. The jury acknowledges above all the speed at which public procurement was digitalised after the change in the leadership of the region. Their success is not based solely on the chosen solution, but primarily on the inner understanding of the idea that public tenders are above all a service to both the region and the public.
3rd place - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic
The National Food Catalogue is an innovative solution that simultaneously combines a range of tools while pursuing other indicators than just the financial aspects of the procurement. The jury has positively evaluated the secondary monitoring and what are known as non-economic goals when purchasing food, which means an emphasis on healthier and local foods, an effort to reduce the carbon footprint and an effort to reduce the impact on Slovakia's environment by reducing transport distances and using environmentally-friendly packaging.
1st place - Liberec Regional Authority
The Liberec Region has proven that the introduction of a transparent, process-controlled, legally-compliant and functional procurement system is possible even the public sector. The jury positively assesses the fact that, as a public institution, they look for solutions that exceed the usual standard and devote time to real market surveys, focusing on the actual goal of the tender. The jury also appreciates the effort the region has made to share its experience with colleagues from other regions and its proactive approach to the solution of public procurement issues in the Czech Republic.
2nd place - City of Ostrava
Ostrava City Hall is proof that if it public funds are to be managed effectively, nothing is an obstacle and anything is possible. The “System of Associated Purchases” project they submitted represents a comprehensive approach to carrying out city-level procurement with the involvement of all contributing and establishing organizations. The jury positive evaluates the effective introduction of electronic catalogues, the rating of tendering organizations using SSN and a clearly defined vision of the future.
3rd place - Masaryk University in Brno
They have been rewarded for the successful integration of their procurement solution with the functionality and interface of a users’ e-catalogue in the form of an e-shop built into the public sector environment to simplify processes. It’s a solution that eliminates administratively demanding processes. The jury appreciate the fact that common sense has triumphed over bureaucracy, and the University has created a simple and user-friendly solution.
1st place - Fernando Batista
The BASE portal was created in Portugal to enable the transparent and efficient use of public funds, and its task was to collate and publish data in a structured way in the Open Source Data format.
The jury highly commends the creation of a central repository of information, accessible to both professionals and to the general public, which allows data to be analysed and statistically evaluated.
2nd place - Ondrej Kuruc
The jury applauds his drive to promote competition and set up public procurement to prevent the creation or maintenance of cartels. His use of preparatory market consultations was also one of the first innovations in Slovakian PP. His positive impact on public procurement in the Slovak healthcare system is indeed crucial.
3rd place - Jana Hybšová
The jury commends her introduction of a unified methodology, overcoming the reluctance of healthcare professionals, and introducing a system for commenting on public procurement requirements. An interesting innovation is also public procurements resulting in two winners.