Bratislava, March 6 (TASR) – More than 61,300 deals have already been contracted as part of the Electronic Contracting System (EKS), with the total price of the goods and services originally reaching almost €822.7 million, but the competitive environment provided by the system squeezed the total final price by around €192.15 million (23.36 percent), TASR learnt on Monday.
According to data from the Interior Ministry, both numbers of bidders and procurers have been rising. The registry currently contains 12,741 bidders and 5,923 procurers. Meanwhile, 22.05 bids are presented for each commission on average.
The highest number of contracts via EKS have been arranged by the Defence Ministry (2,832), followed by the National Highway Company (1,416), Comenius University (1,391), Zilina University (1,337) and J.A. Reiman Faculty Hospital with Polyclinic in Presov (959).
The electronic marketplace was established on July 1, 2014, with the first deal carried out on September 30 of the same year. EKS has been in full operation since February 1, 2015. The obligation to buy via EKS applies to the state, municipalities, regional authorities and also organisations related to them – established or linked via property – if the value of the goods, services or building work is over €1,000 with a maximum of €135,000 in the case of the state and €209,000 for other procurers. The maximum limit for building work is €5.225 million.
The Electronic Contracting System was supplied to the Interior Ministry by a consortium of Anasoft, Slovak Telekom and the News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR).