The European Commission initiated an action against Slovakia on May 14 in connection with the tender for the electronic highway-toll collection system organised by the state-owned National Highway Company (NDS), according to the TASR newswire.
The EC said that NDS may have violated EU regulations pertaining to tenders, especially those outlining fair treatment and non-discrimination, when it excluded three of the tender applicants, TASR wrote.
The first stage of the proceedings against Slovakia takes the form of a letter of formal notice asking for an explanation. The Slovak authorities then have two months to respond to it. If the EC isn't satisfied with the explanation, a second stage of legal action will follow. In the third and the final stage the country would be taken to the European Court of Justice. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. May 2009 at 10:00