Civio investigations

emergency contracts

In 2020, due to the COVID pandemic, Spanish public administrations used emergency procedures to award 16,589 contracts worth 6,445 million euros to companies on a discretionary basis and with minimal control and transparency. And while the vast majority of these contracts were for the purchase of COVID-19 medical supplies, they were also used to award concessions to public television stations, buy taser guns and even hire camels for a Christmas parade.

In this data-driven research, Civio analysed for the first time the emergency contracts of all Spanish public administrations - national, regional and local - awarded and published in 2020. This serie was published by El Pais and received the following awards:

  • Sigma Award 2022
  • API Data Journalism Award 2022
  • Observable Community Recognition Award 2021 to Carmen Torrecillas

If you want to know more about this topic, check out all our articles on Procurement