Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau probes Interior Ministry
The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) sent a complaint to the national prosecutors office over procedures used in public procurement at the Interior Ministry (MSWiA), news portal TVN24 reported March 6.
“The bureau accused MSWiA of infringing regulations in the law for public procurement through the “‘deliberate non-use,’” and lack of supervision, over “‘the correct implementation of contracts by the contractor,’” and infringement of the “‘principals governing public spending,’” TVN24 wrote.
The CBA announced that public procurement laws were broken for financial gains. The case will deal with contracts worth some PLN 34 mln signed between 2005 and 2011, with IT company Infovide-Matrix. The company was charged with setting up the CEPIK system designed to manage and log all the vehicles and drivers belonging to the Interior Ministry.
Initial results of the investigation carried out by the CBA indicate that Infovide-Matrix won the contracts for the CEPIK system implementation without any tender. The CBA also announced that the sum delegated for the project by the Ministry is much larger than is required to set up such a system.
While the CBA probed the case, MSWiA carried out its own investigation of the CEPIK system. It was found to be outdated, prone to failure, and excessively expensive.