The efficient, fast and flexible utilization of resources for research and development and innovation is supported by the public procurement regulations that came into force on January 1, 2021, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said on Monday.
It was emphasized that the new provisions allow for the procurement of goods and services directly related to R&D and innovation to be exempted from the public procurement obligation up to the EU public procurement threshold.
The move comes in an attempt to increase the competitiveness of the Hungarian research sector.
The government will spend more than HUF 160 billion from domestic sources to stimulate research and development and innovation in 2021. Plus, with EU co-financing, an additional hundreds of billions of forints will be available in this field this year alone.
The simplification of public procurement rules makes using resources far more efficient. Both increased financing and a simpler regulatory environment will make Hungarian universities and research institutes more competitive, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said.
Such measures will also help these institutions respond more flexibly to socio-economic challenges and manage market needs dynamically, he added.
Palkovics also pointed out that due to the special nature of research, development and innovation, the procurement of certain raw materials, tools and services for projects must often be carried out immediately and quickly.
The Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation implemented the related amendment to the Public Procurement Act (decided by Parliament in December 2020), the Ministry of Innovation and Technology wrote in its statement.