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European Commission urges Slovakia to explain 2007 contract

The European Commission announced on October 8 that Slovakia acted contrary to European laws governing public procurement when it awarded a €19.6 million legal services contract in 2007 for the D1 and R1 road projects without properly advertising the tender in advance. Slovakia has two months to account for its conduct, otherwise the EC may sue the Slovak government before a European court, the TASR newswire wrote. In 2007 the Transport Ministry terminated an original contract for the services two years early on the grounds of what it said was inadequate rendering of services, TASR wrote.

The European Commission announced on October 8 that Slovakia acted contrary to European laws governing public procurement when it awarded a €19.6 million legal services contract in 2007 for the D1 and R1 road projects without properly advertising the tender in advance. Slovakia has two months to account for its conduct, otherwise the EC may sue the Slovak government before a European court, the TASR newswire wrote.

In 2007 the Transport Ministry terminated an original contract for the services two years early on the grounds of what it said was inadequate rendering of services, TASR wrote.

The contract was then awarded to another provider. At that time, Slovakia chose tendering without advertising because of legal exigencies and to advance the project and because of unforeseeable circumstances caused by the original contractor's insufficient provision of services, TASR wrote.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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