Executive partially vetoed Petropar law

Mario Abdo Benítez, President of the Republic, partially vetoed Law No. 6909/2022, regarding the exemption from the general regime of public purchases in Petropar.

The document established the elimination of intermediaries in Petropar’s fuel purchase processes. The first of the Executive approved the article that establishes that suppliers do not have the need to present their sworn statements. However, it eliminated the one that establishes that the state oil company make its purchases without controls from the National Directorate of Public Procurement (DNCP).
This was announced in the morning hours by Hernán Hutteman, head of the Civil Cabinet, Carmen Marín, head of the Executive Management Unit, and Denis Lichi, head of Petropar.

As announced by Abdo Benítez himself, through his social networks, the reason for the partial veto was to protect the public procurement system and preserve transparency in management.

On Monday, April 25, the Senate approved the bill that allows Petropar to buy fuels without the need for intermediaries. The Chamber of Deputies sanctioned it only two days later.

However, a few days later, the oil company was the target of criticism because the approved document established more things than what was mediated by its promoters. In principle, it only established that suppliers should not submit their sworn declarations to supply the State, with this it was sought to speed up purchases and lower costs.

In the end, the document established that Petropar avoid the entire bidding process and make direct purchases without the controls of the DNCP.
The criticism focused precisely on the lack of transparency that characterizes the company. Taking into account that, during the pandemic, its previous administrator acquired overcharged health supplies. Fact that ended up costing him the position.

Desirée Masi, a national senator for the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), was one of the most critical of this initiative. She warned at the time that the project will not represent a drop in the cost of fuel.

“What will make it easier at some point is for Petropar to negotiate with other states. Let’s be honest because if we don’t create expectations, ”he emphasized.
At the close of this edition, both chambers had not yet convened extraordinary sessions to discuss the veto.

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