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The Statute of Autonomy of the Autonomous Community of Aragon recognizes in its article 75 12 its competences, shared with the State, in the sphere of “procurement”. Thus, in the exercise of the development of legislation and the execution of state legislation on Public Sector contracts, Act 3/2011, February 24 concerning measures relating to Public Sector Contracts in Aragon was passed.

This Act was the first of its kind to adopt measures that simplify the procedures involved in the adjudication of public contracts, such as accepting affidavits as a means of accreditation of tenderers’ solvency or simplified rules for open procedures. Furthermore, it recognised the strategic nature of public contracts for the development of public policies, by introducing the obligation of social reserves in public contracts.

The Autonomous Community of Aragon has a Register of Tenderers. The issue of a certificate of registration details simplifies the documents to be presented by those interested in the procurement procedures called by the procurement bodies of the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

A significant part of procurement is carried out centrally through the Centralized Procurement Directory to which other Administrations and public entities may also adhere. On the one hand there are Framework Agreements in which the characteristics and price of goods and services are stipulated, but the actual purchase of the goods or services is channelled through a subsequent process, the derivative contract. On the other hand, certain goods and services are acquired for the whole Administration of the Autonomous Community and member entities by means of a centralized process.

Furthermore, the Autonomous Community of Aragon has the Advisory Board for Public Contracts, the consultation entity for procurement contracts carried out by the Administration, public bodies, public sector companies and foundations in the Autonomous Community of Aragon, as well as public universities and local institutions located in its territory.

Also to be noted is the important control function performed by the Administrative Tribunal of Public Contracts of Aragon (TACPA in Spanish), an independent and specialized body that has the power to ascertain and resolve any special appeals, claims and issues of annulment regarding procurement that are filed in relation to the adjudicatory powers of the Autonomous Community of Aragon.

Finally, the Public Procurement Forum of the Autonomous Community of Aragon has been constituted an instrument of participation in matters of public procurement whose purpose is to channel the participation of the different social agents in the process of planning objectives and public policies in the field of public procurement by the competent bodies of the Administration of the Autonomous Community and of those public bodies or other dependent or associated entities that, for the purposes of public procurement , are regarded as having contracting authority.

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