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State duty to make clear commissions

«Establishing the principle of quoting fees for a project has to be accompanied by measures to improve civil administration; otherwise the result will be bad designs and even worse quality public works,» said Haris Mylonas, president of the National Association for Engineering Studies. Money for unforeseen work «If there are no such measures, it will be extremely difficult to supervise the implementation of designs,» explained Mylonas. And he went on to point out that «nowadays the cost of a design represents 5 percent of the cost of the project. Abroad, it is 6-7 percent, but the bill provides for only 4-4.5 percent. That does not mean the job will be cheaper, quite the contrary. An incomplete design always allows the contractor to earn more money for ‘foreseen’ work. «As the State cannot check, there is the risk that under the new system, in which the ‘cheapest’ design will always be chosen, the work will cost far more.» Mylonas added that if the State wants to have quality designs, it has to play its part properly by making decisions based on the public interest and not by trying to reach an administrative compromise. «The problem,» he said, «is not with the planners who want major projects in order to make more money, but with the state services themselves who commission projects without being clear about what kind of project they want to fund.»