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SDKÚ blasts Transport Ministry over road-toll tender

The opposition SDKÚ party on June 10 urged Prime Minister Robert Fico and Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny to publish confidential information regarding tender arrangements to find a supplier of an electronic road-toll collection system that is supposed to come into operation as of 2009. The whole transport ministry-led process, according to the party, is becoming increasingly enshrouded in secrecy, the TASR newswire wrote. The names of the members of the tender commission for the toll system along with details of the finances of a company called Ibertax, which is part of the SanToll consortium, are being kept secret.

The opposition SDKÚ party on June 10 urged Prime Minister Robert Fico and Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny to publish confidential information regarding tender arrangements to find a supplier of an electronic road-toll collection system that is supposed to come into operation as of 2009. The whole transport ministry-led process, according to the party, is becoming increasingly enshrouded in secrecy, the TASR newswire wrote.

The names of the members of the tender commission for the toll system along with details of the finances of a company called Ibertax, which is part of the SanToll consortium, are being kept secret.

"According to the criteria stipulated by the state-run motorway maintenance company NDS, the SanToll consortium has no chance of winning. The whole tender process, therefore, is being directed towards the elimination of bids until there is only one single firm left to assess," said SDKÚ MP Stanislav Janiš. He is also convinced that it is not possible to launch the road-toll collection system project on time.

Transport Ministry spokesman Janošík told TASR on June 10 that the ministry disagreed with the statements about the electronic tolling of Slovakia's highways and the development of related infrastructure presented at an SDKÚ press briefing earlier in the day. The objective of the public tender provider - the state-run motorway maintenance company NDS, as well as the Transport Ministry - is to find a supplier of an electronic road-toll collection system which is scheduled to come into operation as of 2009, he said. Due to the fulfillment of the conditions, the chosen companies were accepted to take part in the tender, he added. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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