The proportion of public procurement procedures in Hungary published in the European Union’s TED journal that received only one bid fell to 24.2% last year from 26.4% in 2017, the chairman of the Public Procurement Authority (KH) said.
The value of the contracts these procedures produced accounted for 12.8% of total procurements, down from 15.6% in the previous year, said Csaba Balázs Rigó. Procurement contracts exceeding thresholds laid down in an EU directive must be published in the EU’s Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) journal. These thresholds range from 144,000 euros to 5,548,000 euros, depending on the party calling the tender. The number of single-bid tenders accounted for 11.1% of contracts with values under these thresholds, down from 11.8% in 2017, Rigó said. In value terms, these contracts’ share of total public procurements dropped to 12.2% from 13.8%, he added. Only 3.8% of the 5,411 tenders called for construction investments with values over 2 billion forints (EUR 6.2m) received a single bid. SMEs won public procurement contracts worth 1,911.5 billion forints last year, 58% of the 3,294 billion total.