the rule is When the exception, something is wrong. At the University of Bern: Three-quarters of its volume of orders for private companies awards, the University is hands-free, by means of exception requests. Actually, you would have to write out all of these orders to the public – in the past ten years, they had a circumference of 52 million Swiss francs!

when the state issued contracts to Private, there is the risk of corruption. Officials could assign as an act of friendship or bribery. The result: waste of tax money. Because the companies that could fulfill a job cheaper or faster, then not ask at all.

competition to prevent abuse

Thus, the possible does not occur, is fixed by law, that public contracts be put out to tender a certain volume to the public, and all Interested in the business should strive. In the competition, then that company should receive the award, which offers the best quality at the best price.

The rule clarifies that this happens in all public procurement in the money value of more than 230’000 Swiss francs. In the case of buildings, the threshold value amounts to 8.7 million Swiss francs, certain public authorities are only obliged to a volume of 700’000 Swiss francs to the invitation to tender. Exceptions must be justified.

So far, So good. However, still one in every six of the state order is awarded. And in the case of each of the public institutions, the exception is not the rule.

nuclear safety Inspectorate and Ofcom to act in a very free-handed

for example, 94 per cent of their volume of orders have been awarded. It is about 415 million francs in ten years, what are the relevant services to the coarsest exception permit authorities.

place the University of Bern follows then already. This is especially dreadful, because all the other universities make significantly less use of exception rules. The second highest volume of all negotiated contracts, the University of Geneva reported at 29 percent. At the University of Zurich, it was 27 per cent, in Basel, twelve per cent, in Lausanne, five percent. The universities of St. Gallen, neuchâtel, Lucerne, and Freiburg managed even without a single exception.

University of Bern has faced no explanation

With the data, the University of Bern to the fact that exemptions from the requirement may be applied to the public invitation to tender, provided that only one supplier is out of the question.

The explained, however, by no means, the big differences to the other universities. To do this, the media spokesman of the University of Bern: “We have in this statistics appearing differences no explanation and can not comment also. We will analyse the underlying data in more detail.”

the irony of the story: statistics on public procurement was, of all things, created by a Team from the University of Bern. There, at the Institute for business Informatics, Matthias Stürmer (39) head of the project. He referred to it as frightening that so many contracts are private contracts.