IT sector managers complain of more public project delays

The state is trying to breathe life into a hobbling technology sector through 34 tenders for projects worth a total of 100 million euros. All the tenders have been announced by Information Society SA, a body dependent on the Ministry of Interior, which is also responsible for all civil administration operations. Despite state officials’ claims that red tape has been significantly reduced since the election of the conservative government in March 2004, IT sector managers beg to differ: They say that the tenders are progressing at a snail’s pace and cite projects for which tenders have been published as long as 15 months ago without a winning bidder being announced. They say that state administration continues to be inefficient and that millions of euros in potential EU funds may be lost.