Press release: Four municipalities hiding their public procurement reports

Institute alternative is not able to get to annual public procurements reports for over two months now – from Podgorica, Nikšić, Herceg Novi and Rožaje.

Using the right to obtain information under the Law on free access to information, we’ve addressed 14 municipalities with a request for free access to information, seeking Annual Report on Public Procurements 2012. Ten municipalities responded within the statutory period, but not the remaining four. Irresponsiveness of the local administration to our requests for access to information is indicating a problem of transparency and poor cooperation with the civil sector.

Of the 14 municipalities that make up our sample: Bar, Budva, Cetinje, Podgorica, Danilovgrad, Kolašin, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Mojkovac, Nikšiž, Pljevlja, Plužine, Rožaje and 10 of them responded to the request and sent us the the requested documentation, while the four municipalities (Herceg Novi, Nikšić, Podgorica, and Rožaje) gave us no answer, despite multiple attempts on our side to reach them.

We believe that this practice is unacceptable, especially when it comes to the Capital City, which should set an example of transparency, openness and good cooperation with the civil sector.

Marija Popović
Project Associate

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