For more than a decade, OECD countries are realizing the potential of public procurement as a means of furthering broader policy goals. Yet, in order to attain these ambitions, procurement practices need to be streamlined and move away from a purely economic lens. The MEAT approach enables public entities to assess bids not only based on the price or cost criterion but also on other aspects be that qualitative, environmental, or social. The integration of these additional dimensions is underpinned by the increased understanding that focusing solely on strict economic efficiency might not produce the most desirable outcomes. In line with the EU public procurement directives, the Public Procurement Act of the Slovak Republic encourages the broader use of criteria to include qualitative, environmental, or social dimensions.
However, data provided by the Public Procurement Office (PPO) shows that, between 2016 and 2020, the use of MEAT criteria in public procurement procedures was relatively limited, representing 15.6% of public procurement procedures and 13.8% of the total procurement volume. In this context, the PPO aspires to develop and implement a strategy that would effectively mainstream the use of MEAT criteria. This report highlights key findings on the use of MEAT criteria in the Slovak Republic with a focus on the health and transport sectors and provides the PPO with key insights for the ongoing development of such a strategy.

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