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June 09, 2022

Statement of Information Services JSC, related to the statements of the MP from political party "Ima Takav Narod" Mr. Lyubomir Karimansky

We strongly oppose the claims of the Member of Parliament from “Ima Takav Narod " Mr. Lyubomir Karimansky, referring to Information Services JSC released in the programme "This Morning" on BTV on 09.06.2022, publicly available on (Karimanski: There are public procurements related to e-government, arranged for a certain company - bTV News (btvnovinite.bg), that there were public procurements in the area of e-government, arranged for a certain company, mentioning Information Services JSC.

While executing its functions of system integrator under Art. 7c of the Electronic Government Act (EGA), when outsourcing system integration activities to third parties, Information Services JSC acts as a public contracting authority under the Public Procurement Act, in strict compliance with applicable law. All public procurement documents, issued by the company are publicly available in the CAIS EOP information system managed by the PPA, at: https://app.eop.bg/today (for procurements announced after 13.06.2020) and on the Buyer’s profile on the official website of the company and in PPA Register at https://www.aop.bg/ (for the contracts announced by 13.06.2020 inclusive).

A total of 322 (i.e. 99%) from 326 public procurements announced by the company so far, have the criteria for awarding the "lowest" price, and the only requirement for the participants is to have an authorization from the manufacturer of the respective hardware and/ or standard software. With regards to the subject of public procurement for the supply of hardware, it is mandatory that the delivered products are new, unused, in the current production list of the manufacturer and in line with Bulgarian standards for degree of protection and electromagnetic compatibility.

Only two of more than 650 issued decisions on public procurement were appealed, and in both cases the proceedings before the CPC were canceled (in one case - due to a cancellation of the procedure in case of internal error, and in the other - due to a withdrawal of the appeal).

Information Services JSC performs the functions of a System Integrator assigned by EGA and government’s strategic decisions in full publicity and transparency, aiming to protect the public interest in the first place and to secure the highest quality at the best price options and guaranteed compliance of international standards for security of provided services.

 

About Information Services JSC

Information Services JSC is the Bulgarian national system integrator of the state administration. The company creates, develops, maintains, and monitors the operability of information systems of national importance. Information Services JSC is a major partner of state institutions and implements key projects of strategic importance for Bulgaria. The company is a leader on the Bulgarian market in the development, implementation and maintenance of new technological solutions. It is as well the first certified provider of Qualified electronic signature services in Bulgaria and is a long term technological partner of Central Election Commission. Information Services JSC has a branch structure that covers all the regional cities in Bulgaria. The company employs over 580 highly qualified experts in various fields of the ICT sector.  The company is certified according to the international standards ISO 9001: 2015 for quality management, ISO / IEC 27001: 2013 for information security management, ISO / IEC 20000-1: 2011 for management of the provided IT services and LSTI N ° 1642-131-V1 .0 for the issuance and management of qualified certificates for electronic signatures, electronic seals and qualified electronic time stamps.

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