Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT

Metro impatient to start bridge construction

THE CHIEF investor for Bratislava's Košická bridge project - the planned fifth bridge across the Danube river - has announced plans to sign a construction contract, despite a pending lawsuit by the losing bidder in the bridge's tender proceedings.

Metro Bratislava, co-owned by the Slovak state and the city of Bratislava, selected the consortium of Slovak construction giant Doprastav and Austrian company Vatech Voest over a consortium led by Austrian steelworks Alpine Mayreder in a two-round tender, which closed in late summer.

The Alpine-led group had complained that despite being chosen by the tender's selection committee in both rounds, the evaluation committee had selected Doprastav both times. Alpine also claimed that Doprastav's price estimate was unrealistically low.

"At the moment, Metro is preparing conditions for the fastest possible signing of the contract [with Doprastav]. The two sides should officially sign the contract within a month," said Metro director general Vladimír Kovalčík.

Alpine appealed the tender decision in early October in Bratislava Regional Court, and a decision on the appeal is due within 30 days.

Top stories

Product quality laid on the EU table

Concerns over the different quality of same brand products are confirmed, but will anything change soon?

Will shopping in supermarkets soon become a thing of the past?

Education minister fails to explain distribution of EU money

The opposition parties plan to initiate a no-confidence vote, the second against this minister.

Education Minister Peter Plavčan

Who will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?

Journalists living in countries where politicians (for now) do not send people to prison for their opinions, who only sigh in relief that they are lucky this story does not concern them, are deeply mistaken.

Protesters in front of the court building.

EU court’s advocate general proposes to dismiss quota lawsuits

Yves Bot rejects arguments from Slovakia and Hungary on the legality of the relocation plan.

Refugees at the border between Hungary and Serbia.