18.06.2018 – The National Council has voted unanimously to uphold the principle of freedom of information in public procurement. It did so during the last week of the summer session during the detailed reading of the total revision of the Public Procurement Act (PPA). In so doing it rejected the Federal Council’s proposed restriction of the principle of freedom of information.
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner welcomes the National Council’s decision. If there were no transparency in the field of public procurement, the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act (FIA), in force since 2006, would be severely limited. In a next step the Council of States will decide whether the media, the public and businesses will continue to have access to the relevant documentation and be able to examine how the authorities spend taxpayers’ money when procuring goods and services.