An article titled "Sole Source Procedure for Defense-Road Procurements" by Żaneta Urbaniak, a member of the Polish Public Procurement Law Association (SPZP), was published in Rzeczpospolita daily.
"On May 23, 2023, a governmental bill was submitted to the Sejm – amending the act on the provision of information about the environment and its protection, public participation in environmental protection, and environmental impact assessments, along with some other laws (the 'bill'). A first glance at the title might suggest that this bill would not be particularly important for those involved in public procurement. However, even a cursory reading of the proposed bill dramatically changes that first impression. Indeed, according to Article 7 of the bill, the Polish legislator has effectively decided to introduce a new justification for sole source procurement. Furthermore, it has also decided to exempt the provisions on the procurement commission (Article 53-55 of the Act of September 11, 2019 - Public Procurement Law - 'PPL') and on publishing obligations (Article 216 PPL)."
The article discusses a bill introducing a new justification for awarding public contracts through a sole source procurement method, related to defense-road investments. It highlights ambiguities in the bill, such as the lack of definition of an "element essential for defense," and the possibility of awarding contracts without publishing information about them. It emphasizes the necessity to observe further work on the bill due to its potential impact on the road infrastructure sector.
The article is also available in the electronic version of the daily.