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Bilbao City Council hires sanctioned company again

Bilbao company sanctioned Miguel

Mairenis Gomez

March 6, 2024 | 5:43 p.m.

How a company sanctioned for corruption continues to be elected by the Bilbao City Council

In a recent decision that has sparked controversy, Bilbao City Council has once again awarded a significant contract to Emociona Soluciones Creativas, a company that has not only been previously sanctioned for irregularities in the management of municipal contracts, but also appears linked to the biggest corruption scandal in Euskadi, the Miguel case. This election has generated a deep debate about ethics and legality in public procurement. Highlighting the complexity of contract regulations and the responsibilities of public administrations.

Adjudication and its antecedents: between legality and morality

In mid-February 2023, the City Council formalized a contract with Emociona Soluciones Creativas for the design, preparation, distribution and installation of advertising elements for cultural programming.. With a value of 181.795 euros plus VAT. This decision comes after a sanction imposed on the company by the Basque Competition Authority for manipulating contracts for the same service between 2014 and 2021. In addition, the firm has connections with the De Miguel case, related to corruption and political favors.

Ethical and legal implications of hiring

Furthermore, the repetition of Emociona Soluciones Creativas as a successful bidder despite its history of controversy highlights a significant ethical dilemma. On the one hand, the legality of the award is supported by solid arguments, the company meets the technical and economic requirements and there is no explicit legal prohibition that prevents its contracting. On the other hand, the ethics of rehiring a company previously sanctioned and linked to a corruption case. That raises questions about the integrity of public decisions and citizen trust in institutions.

A reflection of the complexity in public management

This case reflects the complexity inherent in public procurement management, where regulations seek to balance transparency, competition and efficiency. However, the situation also underlines the importance of more effective monitoring and compliance mechanisms.. That they not only focus on legality, but also on ethics and transparency.

Citizen reaction and the search for transparency

The decision of the Bilbao City Council has not gone unnoticed by citizens, who demand greater transparency and ethics in public management.. This scenario highlights the need to strengthen control mechanisms and ensure that public procurement practices are aligned not only with legality but also with ethical values ​​and social responsibility.

Bilbao company sanctioned Miguel
Excite Creative Solutions for cultural programming, for a value of 181.795 euros plus VAT

Towards a new culture of public procurement

The Bilbao experience invites us to reflect on the need to evolve towards a public procurement culture that prioritizes integrity, transparency and responsibility. ANDIt is crucial that public administrations are exemplary in their management. Promoting practices that reinforce citizen trust and contribute to a more just and equitable society.

Definitely, the case of Emociona Soluciones Creativas, a company sanctioned for irregularities and corruption, especially in the case of De Miguel It is not just a question of Bilbao's legality. But a reminder of the importance of ethics and transparency in public administration. As we move forward, it is essential that both institutions and citizens work together to promote public management that lives up to the ethical and democratic values ​​that we all deserve.

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