Railways firm goes ahead with disputed contract

Despite damaging allegations a state railways firm tender for 35 new light locomotives was rigged in favour of a Swiss-Slovak consortium, the firm has gone ahead and prepared a contract to be signed with the winner today.

The Želežničná spoločnosť (ŽS) firm, which last year ruled in favour of supplier Stadler AG Bussnang of Switzerland, has thus made irrelevant an audit of the tender by rail experts from Žilina University, which should be finished next week.

The tender, which was decided by Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda’s brother Miroslav, has already cost Transport Minister Jozef Macejko his job, and led to opposition party plans for a non-confidence vote in the PM in parliament.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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