Some considerations on the legal qualification of the contracting authority

AuthorIoana Panagoret/Ivan Vasile Ivanoff
Some considerations on the legal qualification of the contracting
Associate professor Ioana PANAGOREȚ
Lecturer Ivan Vasile IVANOFF
Abstrac t
The present study makes an analysis of the con cept of contrac ting auth ority in the
conte xt in whic h th e lega l defin ition of thi s conc ept l eads, in several specific cases, to
doub ts and the impossi bility of correct app lication of the law when one puts into di scussion
the local a uthorities and some legal p ersons of p ublic la w who ha ve a well-d efined l egal
status. Bot h situation s cre ate real difficult ies in pract ice by the correct appli cation of
publ ic procuremen t law so th at it may cha llenge these parts of suc h public contra cts even if
they are of good faith an d desire the fair enforcemen t of law.
Keyword s: cont racting authoriti es, procurement , local authoriti es, legal persons
of pub lic law.
JEL Cla ssification: K12, K23
1. Preliminary considerations
The emergence of Law No. 98/2016
and GD 395/2016
besides regulating
public procurement in Romania
, brings many legal definitions of certain terms in
practice, some of which may induce some confusion.
This article w as submitt ed to 6th International Conference “Perspectives of Business Law in the
Third M illennium”, 25 -26 November 2016, t he Bucharest University of Economic Studies,
Bucharest, Romania.
Ioana Panagoreț - Valahia University of Targoviste,
Ivan Vasile Ivanoff - Valahia U niversity of Targoviste,
Law no. 98/2016 on public p rocurement, published in the Official Gazett e, Part I no. 390 of 23
May 2016 as amended.
Government Decision no. 395/2016 approving t he M ethodological Norms for the app lication of
provisions concerning t he award of p ublic procurement contract / framework agreement of Law.
98/2016 on public procurement, published in the Official Gazett e, Part I no. 423 of June 6, 2016.
On regulation of p ublic p rocurement by Law no. 98/2016 see Căt ălin-Silviu Săraru, Drept
administrativ. Probleme fundamentale ale dreptului public, Ed. C. H. Beck, Bucharest, 2016, p.
160-165. The public procurement cont ract is an administrative contract - see this Cătălin-Silviu
Săraru, Cartea de Contracte administrative. Modele. Comentarii. Explicații, Ed. C.H. Beck,
Bucharest, 2013, p . 157-205. For the characteristics of t he administrative contracts, see Căt ălin-
Silviu Săraru, Capacitatea autorităților/instituțiilor publice de a încheia contracte administrative,
in „Dreptul” nr. 1/2010, p . 111-114; Cătălin-Silviu Săraru, Contractele administrative.
Reglementare. Doctrină. Jurisprudență, Ed. C.H. Beck, Bucharest, 2009, p. 22-46.

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