The social consultations of guidelines regarding the selection procedure for projects for 2014-2020 have recently concluded. The document regulates, among others, the possibility of selecting projects outside of a competition.
Projects included in the so-called regional contracts – agreements between the government and local government – are to be realized in this manner. The guidelines leave unrestricted freedom for public entities when performing the so-called "public duties".
In the opinion of Employers of Poland, in the healthcare sector public duties are performed by every entity which has a contact with the NFZ (National Health Fund). For patients, as healthcare contribution payers, it makes no difference if they receive a medical service from an entity owned by the local government, privately or by anyone else. The key issue is that the service in financed from public resources – by the NFZ. Such a condition is met by every entity which has a contract with NFZ.
As a consequence, we do not accept the discrimination of the private healthcare sector by assigning EU funds to public entities in a non-competition procedure. We have presented appropriate comments to the draft guidelines and we hope that the extraordinary character of the healthcare system will be taken into consideration. Otherwise, private entities will be discriminated against by means of EU fund assignment.
Andrzej Mądrala, Vice President of Employers of Poland