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Event Details

This webinar is organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in co-operation with the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Moldova and ANRE.

The general purpose of the webinar is to provide a forum for discussion in relation to the implications of Moldova membership in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA) following its first four years of accession. The Republic of Moldova has ratified the WTO GPA via the Law No. 125/2016, in force since 24 June 2016 and, consequently the GPA is binding for the country starting from July 2016.

The focus of the discussion will be on compliance with requirements set forth by the GPA for covered procurement by Annex 3 entities with key stakeholders, namely: the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Finance, ANRE, the Public Property Agency and corresponding Moldovan entities covered by the GPA Annex 3.

The webinar will also provide an opportunity to discuss the options and best solutions to ensure that covered entities from the utilities sector will follow competitive procedures when awarding procurement contracts that are above GPA thresholds, in order to meet the minimum WTO GPA requirements as well as comply with the newly adopted Law on Procurement of Energy, Water, Transport and Postal Services, No. 74 of 21.05.2020.

Agenda

November 17, 2020

Main Schedule

2:00 PM
Opening Remarks
Gabriela Cuneva (State Secretary at Ministry of Finance)
Iuliana Dragalin (State Secretary at Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure)
Eliza Niewiadomska (Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD)
Violina Șpac (Director of The National Agency for Energy Regulation of Moldova)
Octavian Costas (Associate Director of EBRD)
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
The revised WTO GPA: global context and developments in the Republic of Moldova
1.1. The revised WTO GPA: Republic of Moldova WTO GPA accession and in-force commitments. 1.2. Procurement by entities from the utility sector: the new law on utilities public procurement No. 74 of 21.05.2020, coherence with the GPA commitments and compliance with the EU Directive 25/2014. Q&A
Dorina Harcenco (Policy Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility)
Andrei Rogac (Legal consultant at PPI Ebrd Uncitral)
3:00 PM - 3:25 PM
The new law on procurement for entities from the utilities sector: regulation, practice, and the application of digital tools
2.1 Procurement by entities from the utilities sector: transport, gas, water and post services: current regulation and practice
Violina Șpac (Director of The National Agency for Energy Regulation of Moldova)
3:25 PM - 3:55 PM
2.2 Use of new digital tools for procurement by entities from the utilities sector: piloting the new tool demo
Use of new digital tools for procurement by entities from the utilities sector: piloting the new tool demo Q&A
Vadim Jeleascov (Simpals)
3:55 PM - 4:00 PM
Closing of the Session

Speakers

Sergiu Cainareanu (Head of Public Procurement Regulation  Policies Service at Ministry of Finance)

Sergiu Cainareanu

Head of Public Procurement Regulation Policies Service at Ministry of Finance

Octavian Costas (Associate Director of EBRD)

Octavian Costas

Associate Director of EBRD

Gabriela Cuneva (State Secretary at Ministry of Finance)

Gabriela Cuneva

State Secretary at Ministry of Finance

Iuliana Dragalin (State Secretary at Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure)

Iuliana Dragalin

State Secretary at Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

Dorina Harcenco (Policy Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility)

Dorina Harcenco

Policy Expert at EBRD GPA TC Facility

Vadim Jeleascov (Simpals)

Vadim Jeleascov

Simpals

Eliza Niewiadomska (Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD)

Eliza Niewiadomska

Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Programme at EBRD

Andrei Rogac (Legal consultant at PPI Ebrd Uncitral)

Andrei Rogac

Legal consultant at PPI Ebrd Uncitral

Violina Șpac (Director of The National Agency for Energy Regulation of Moldova)

Violina Șpac

Director of The National Agency for Energy Regulation of Moldova

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