Public procurement in the federal administration

general assembly on June 1, 2022

The Belgian Court of Audit examined in 2020 and 2021 a selection of public procurement contracts awarded by federal departments and organisations and by public companies. It noted in its report to the Federal Parliament that the aforementioned departments and organisations showed a relatively good mastery of the public procurement regulations and took great care to ensure compliance with them. Moreover, the Court analysed the centralisation of the federal procurement policy. In this context, it also looked into the awarding and execution of six joint procurement contracts and the concession awarded to bpost by the Belgian Ministry for Mobility and Transport for issuing licence plates. The Court recommended further improving compliance with the legislation on public procurement and following-up the files effectively.