Telecom Minister Jozef Macejko said on November 10 that he did not think a new tender would be called for the installation of a new SAP R/3 financial integration system at the state-run telecom monopoly Slovenské Telekomunikácie (ST).
The tender, which was called by ST on September 16, was won by the tax and business consulting firm Andersen Consulting. According to Slovak media reports, Andersen Consulting helped ST to prepare the tender conditions, something Andersen representatives have strictly denied.
Macejko said that it was against business ethics for a participant in the tender to have also helped prepare tender conditions. "I have no doubt that this [Andersen Consulting] is a highly qualified and professional firm which will fulfill the conditions of the contract to the fullest extent."
While he would not call a new tender, Macejko said, "I will demand an explanation from ST representatives as to the exact criteria they used in coming to their decision," he said.