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Bridge over the Straits, the rejection of the Anac: “Too many risks for the public part”

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In the decree on the bridge over the Strait of Messina, there is an “imbalance in the relationship between the public financier and the private party”, all to the benefit of the private sector and to the detriment of the public on which “most of the risks are finally transferred”. Anac president Giuseppe Busia rejected the provision, which has become a workhorse of Infrastructure and Transport Minister Matteo Salvini. The number one of Anti-corruption, who presented the annual report on Anac’s activities to parliament, recalled that the authority had proposed some amendments to “strengthen the guarantees of the public side”, which were not accepted by the government.

Busia also launched a plea for the new procurement code that comes into effect on July 1, warning against the excessive use of derogations and high thresholds as “less efficient shortcuts and harbingers of risk”. Busia also underlines the dangers of staged subcontracting, the de facto ban on women’s and youth’s access to PNRR contracts and the failure to include in the new code the obligation to declare the beneficial owner of the company, as requested by the Authority .

Raising the thresholds for direct orders

«At a time when, thanks to the use of digital procurement platforms and the use of automated procedures, it is possible to obtain very significant simplifications and significant time savings, as well as increasing transparency and competition, it is surprising that shortcuts are used to speed up procedures certainly less efficient, and harbinger of risk. These include raising the thresholds for direct contracts, especially for services and supplies, or scrapping notices and tenders for works worth up to five million euros,” said Busia. According to Anac’s president, “the potential” inherent in the reform has been limited by raising the threshold above which public works qualification is mandatory to EUR 500,000, with the result that almost 90% of completed competitions are excluded.

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