procurement contracts awarded by the Walloon public transport company

French speaking chamber on February 11, 2020

The Court of Audit examined the internal control measures implemented by the former “Société régionale wallonne du transport” and by the TEC group companies to ensure compliance with public procurement rules. Although the Court identified a few shortcomings, it considers that those entities, which have merged to form the Walloon public transport operator, have developed a wide-ranging mastery of the design and award stages. As far as the contracts are concerned, the Court noted more significant shortcomings, in particular that some events occurring during the implementation of the contracts were not formally recorded and that controls were carried out by the top civil servant responsible for the public procurement and/or the construction inspector. As a general recommendation, the Court puts forward that the operator should apply a coordinated purchasing procedure covering all public procurement stages, from design to implementation.