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Will Defence Ministry really entrust protection of its property to just about anyone?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe decision made by National Defense Military Objects and Procurement Center for the public procurement of security services for multiple properties owned by Defence Ministry has caused much confusion in Latvia. Security Sector Companies Association asks officials to prevent the risk of procuring services of inadequate quality.

DNKA chairman Arnis Verzemnieks emphasizes: «We are surprised the most with the negligent attitude of institutions towards constructive proposals to improve tender documentation. Although the tendering procedure’s term is over, the current requirements may result in a situation in which different defence infrastructure objects are put under security of businesses whose service quality can be questioned.»

As the most critical points in a specific tendering procedure, specialists mention that potential contenders do not have the necessary prior experience. There is also no requirement for appropriate turnover, which is standard practice in any public tendering procedure. In this case, it is especially important because the contract’s size may reach EUR 1 million and contractors have to provide security for ten properties.

«It should be said that public administration regularly procures security services from businesses that clearly do not pay taxes and perform different schemes. We have mentioned this to officials on multiple occasions, but without any visible results,» Verzemnieks continues. «This case, however, reaches the highest level of cynicism. It is a clear message to businessmen who work honestly and pay taxes that there is no reason for them to participate in tendering procedures. Aside from that, this matter revolves around state security, which is one of the government’s declared priorities. Because of that, such an irresponsible approach to infrastructure security is confusing.»

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