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Valeria Kogan, Chairman of the Board of Smartomica
On April 2 Delna published ten recommendations for preventing corruption. On April 19 Delna organized a discussion titled "COVID-19 and Transparent Public Procurement" with Karolis Grancikas, a procurement expert with the international organization Open Contracting Partnership. He recommended providing public access to all emergency procurement contracts. Grancikas proposed that data from these contracts be collected and published in open data format so that the government can effectively plan for the exiting of the crisis and prepare for future states of emergency. To this end, Delna has already invited government agencies to evaluate the justification for a specific emergency procurement made related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau has started an inspection.
As of April 23, Latvia's government has published data on its web page covid19.gov.lv describing which agencies used government monies, in what amount, and for what purposes. Also included are contracts that have been allocated without applying the law. The data base is still in prgress.
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