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Ftáčnik: Controversial trolleybus tender scrapped
26 Feb 2013 Flash News
Bratislava mayor Milan Ftáčnik, following a meeting with Transport, Construction and Regional Development Minister Ján Počiatek on Monday, February 25, announced that he will cancel the controversial tender on the delivery of trolleybuses. The Bratislava City Transport Company (BDP) received only one bid in the tender, so Ftáčnik wants the tender to be organised anew in order to dispel any doubts.
"The tender in the manner in which it was set generated only one bidder. Such a process isn't appropriate," said Ftáčnik as quoted by he TASR newswire. The mayor declined to respond to a journalist's question as to whether the single bidder was Czech company SOR (co-owned by financial group J&T).
The tender is currently being reviewed by the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO). Ftacnik believes that the ÚVO will close the matter as soon as possible, so that a new tender can be organised within a few weeks - in order to be able to draw money for the project from euro funds. BDP also announced two tenders on the delivery of trams in November. These tenders are not expected to be pulled, as they appear to feature the involvement of several bidders, said Ftáčnik.
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