In Italy, from the 2013, came into force the rule provided by the art.33, paragraph 3-bis of Legislative Decree no. 163/2006, that imposed to small municipalities - with a population of less than 5,000 inhabitants - to aggregate to manage procurement procedures.
Until then, in Italy there were two centralised purchasing models:
Both models proved to be inadequate: the first structure constituted a public monopoly at state or regional level in the health field that could not create real savings for the final recipient (local municipalities) and the second one, by centralising decision-making, has accentuated attempts of collusive tendering.
Looking around European experiences, the Municipality of Caggiano and Asmel Association have imagined a different model, by constituting the Asmel Consortile s.c.a r.l, which allowed municipalities to manage independently their tender procedures through a platform of e-procurement and so by leaving the operating and decisional phases at their level, by giving them support through a specialised structure.
The purchasing model, designed by the municipality of Caggiano and Asmel Association, allows the aggregation of specialistic tools, with cost savings for local municipalities and, due to the use of a platform of e-procurement, has guaranteed the tracking of the procedure in order to improve efficiency, to counter unfair practices and to facilitating monitoring and control at all stages of tendering procedures.
At the initial phase, the share capital of Asmel Consortile s.c.a r.l. was owned 51% by the Municipality of Caggiano and 49% by the Association ASMEL; then from December 2015, Association ASMEL has exited from the share capital in order to allow the Municipalities members to acquire a direct participation to the consortium society through an increase of capital of 590.000 euros to be signed by 31/12/2018.
At the 31/12/2018, the subscribed share capital totalled EUR 421,802.10 for 808 member entities. So on the 4/03/2019, the Shareholders' Meeting decided on a new and additional increase in paid share capital of EUR 600,000.00 with the same methods and conditions to meet the growing demands of other entities. The project was initially designed for small municipalities, but by seeing all the advantages in terms of efficiency, transparency and savings also main towns (such as Municipalities of Matera, Caserta and Biella) decided to join the project, followed by also numerous public law entities, such as companies, bodies and foundations.
|Award category:||New solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - supra-local and local level|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Municipality, public procurements, tenders, local entity|
|Short English description:||In Italy, from the 2013, came into force the rule provided by the art.33, paragraph 3-bis of Legislative Decree no. 163/2006, that imposed to small municipalities - with a population of less than 5,000 inhabitants - to aggregate to manage procurement procedures.|
|Organisation:||Municipality of Caggiano|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|