Colusión En Licitaciones Y Concursos: El Caso Paradigmático Para Las Entidades Públicas (Collusive Tendering: The Paradigmatic Case for Public Entities)

Contexto No. 38, 2012

24 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2013 Last revised: 24 Feb 2013

See all articles by Emilio Jose Archila Penalosa

Emilio Jose Archila Penalosa

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Camilo Pabón Almanza

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Date Written: February 12, 2013

Abstract

While some investigations are conducted on the so-called “procurement cartels” in Colombia, a major institutional shift has been generated to protect public tenders. Thus, since 2009 the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce created an anticollusion group, opened over 30 preliminary inquiries related to bid rigging, the Congress enacted Act 1474 of 2011 to criminalize cartels in public procurement and, therefore, the Attorney General’s Office entered as a relevant institutional actor to prosecute such unlawful conduct. However, little has been said about what action should public servants take when they suspect collusive behavior, the risks of their actions and the convictions that can be set out years later. The purpose of this paper is to analyze different scenarios for a public servant facing anticompetitive conducts, focusing on four judgments of Colombia’s Consejo de Estado, as well as addressing the Contraloría’s and Procuraduría’s opinions on the matter.

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Keywords: Antitrust, Collusion, Bidding, Tender, Bid Rigging, Collusive Tendering, Responsibility of Public Servants. Libre competencia, colusión, Licitación, Concursos, Selección objetiva, Responsabilidad del servidor público

JEL Classification: K00, K2, K21, L4, L44

Suggested Citation

Archila Penalosa, Emilio Jose and Pabón Almanza, Camilo, Colusión En Licitaciones Y Concursos: El Caso Paradigmático Para Las Entidades Públicas (Collusive Tendering: The Paradigmatic Case for Public Entities) (February 12, 2013). Contexto No. 38, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2216210

Emilio Jose Archila Penalosa (Contact Author)

Universidad Externado de Colombia ( email )

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Camilo Pabón Almanza

Universidad Externado de Colombia ( email )

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Bogota D.C, Cundinamarca 3456
Colombia

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