Transparency International Portugal asks IMPIC for clarification on Portal Base – O Jornal Económico
Transparency International Portugal asked this Friday the Institute of Public Markets, Real Estate and Construction (IMPIC) for public clarifications on the impossibility of consulting public contracts on the Base portal, managed by this entity, due to the publication of identification elements that call into question the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD).
Access to public contracts on the Base portal, supervised by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing, has been offline, after the weekly “Expresso” reported that citizens’ personal data had been released.
“We are still unable to access the details of public contracts, including those that were signed under the COVID-19 emergency contract, not only violates the CCP, but is also contrary to what is being defended by the Government, specifically in its National Anti-Corruption Strategy”, critic Susana Coroado, president of TI Portugal, in a statement released this Friday.
For the person responsible for this body, “there is no more clarity without resources that allow us to access information of public interest.”
Transparency International Portugal also asks for clarification on “how IMPIC ensures compliance with the reporting obligations of contracting entities, as well as the data model to be transmitted to the Base portal, for the purposes of the provisions of the CCP and complementary forum”.
“Given that public entities with auditing, inspection and regulation functions should have direct access to the databases that support the BASE Portal, in order to carry out their respective mission, how is this data transmission currently being carried out?” , as well as “at what time is the possibility of online consultation of all public procurement data, which can be automatically extracted, free of charge and in open formats, through the Base portal and the data.gov.pt portal.
Karina Carvalho, Executive Director of TI Portugal reinforces that “we have been saying for a long time that the regulation of IMPIC is not adjusted, because not only are there contracts that are simply not published on time, but the information shared about contracts has enormous deficiencies, continuing opacity in public procurement”.
“At a time when the PRR funds are being spent at full speed and the new rules on public procurement are being questioned by the European Commission, this blackout of the Base is intolerable”, he concludes.