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The Netherlands is the least transparent EU country in public procurement

January 14, 2023
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The Netherlands is the least transparent EU country in public procurement

The Netherlands is the least transparent EU country in public procurement
"The Netherlands is the least transparent EU country in public procurement"

Transparency around Dutch tenders is the worst of all the EU countries. In more than 60 percent of everything the government procures, it remains invisible where the money goes. The Netherlands is also the absolute leader internationally when it comes to missing price information.

Transparency in the Dutch tender process is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. According to recent studies, the Netherlands ranks among the worst in the European Union when it comes to transparency around government procurement. In more than 60 percent of government procurement cases, it remains unclear where the money is being allocated.

The Netherlands is also an international leader when it comes to missing price information. This lack of transparency raises serious concerns about the potential for fraud, corruption, and mismanagement of public funds.

The lack of transparency in the Dutch tender process is a major problem for several reasons. First, it makes it difficult for citizens to hold their government accountable. Without proper information about where government money is being spent, it is difficult for citizens to assess whether public funds are being used efficiently and effectively.

Second, the lack of transparency in the Dutch tender process can also create an uneven playing field for businesses. When procurement processes are not transparent, it can be difficult for smaller businesses to compete with larger ones. This can lead to a concentration of power in the hands of a few large companies, which can be detrimental to the economy as a whole.

In order to address the problem of transparency in the Dutch tender process, several steps need to be taken. One of the most important is to ensure that all procurement processes are conducted in an open and transparent manner. This means that all relevant information should be made publicly available, including information about the bidding process, the selection of suppliers, and the allocation of funds.

Another important step is to increase transparency around pricing. This means ensuring that all prices are clearly listed and made available to the public. This would help to prevent fraud and corruption, and would also help to ensure that public funds are being used in the most efficient and effective way possible.

In conclusion, transparency in the Dutch tender process is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. By ensuring that all procurement processes are conducted in an open and transparent manner, and by increasing transparency around pricing, the Netherlands can improve its standing in the European Union and ensure that public funds are being used efficiently and effectively. It's time for the Dutch government to take action on this important issue and to work towards making the tenders process more transparent for all.

TED tenders that do have a contract price filled in

There are several reasons why this should improve including:

  • Better recording of awards and amounts gives more transparency and counters corruption. And that increases the trust citizens have in the government
  • Transparency gives (good and decent) companies a better competitive position and that can lead to better quality services and products and that in turn to better spending of taxpayers' money.

Read the full report at:
https://www.ftm.nl/artikelen/nederland-meest-intransparante-eu-land-bij-openbare-aanbestedingen

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