Labour minister Ľudovit Kaník walked out of a meeting to decide the tender winner of a new social security IT system because the board was unable to explain why members had chosen a system that was almost twice the price of its competitor. With the minister no longer there, no decision could be finalised.
Kaník told the SME daily, "From the points of view expressed, it was clear that we were in the minority, so we had to create some kind of obstruction - our departure from the meeting removed the quorum."
The two companies involved were IBM, with a bid of Sk360 million (8.8 million euro), and CSC Computer Services, with a bid of Sk704 million (17.1 million euro). Social security director Miroslav Kntil said that only CSC could provide the IT system by the September deadline.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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3. Apr 2003 at 9:58