The new Act on Public Procurement Law, similarly to the current act, provides that awarding entities are required to prepare plans of procedures. Pursuant to art. 23 sec. 1 of the Public Procurement Law, the plan of procurement procedures to be conducted in a given financial year is prepared by public awarding entities, referred to in Art. 4 points 1 and 2 of the Public Procurement Law, and their associations. Therefore, this obligation covers units of the public finance sector within the meaning of the provisions of the Act of 27 August 2009 on public finance (Journal of Laws of 2019, items 869, 1622 and 1649) and other state organizational units without legal personality, as well as above units.

The plan is prepared not later than within 30 days from the date of adoption of the budget or financial plan by the authorized body, it is published in the Public Procurement Bulletin, on the terms specified in section III, chapter 2 of the PPL Act, and on the website of the awarding entity. Therefore, compared to the current regulation, it is a novelty to include plans in the Public Procurement Bulletin.

Pursuant to Art. 23 sec. 2 of the Public Procurement Law, awarding entities other than those specified in para. 1 may post a procurement procedure plan in the Public Procurement Bulletin and on the contracting authority’s website. This means that these entities are not obliged to prepare a plan, but they can do it optionally in order to inform the market about their purchasing intentions and earlier interest of potential contractors.

Also new is the obligation to update the plans. The act provides that the Awarding Entity ensures that the contract award plan is up to date. The plan update is published in the Public Procurement Bulletin and on the contracting authority’s website.