Transport Minister Ján Figeľ suspects the state-run railway network operator ŽSR may have manipulated public procurement. He ordered an inquiry into the process of purchases of some goods and services by the company in the recent past, the SITA newswire reported.
At a briefing on September 14, Figeľ said he suspects violations of the law and regulations on public procurement, possible corruption and cronyism, stating that in several cases goods for ŽSR were supplied at twice the normal price. The minister said the list of companies could have been adjusted by ŽSR in such a way that favoured companies were awarded contracts.
The minister said he suspects that the companies Stavstroj and Dever gained 90 percent of their contracts in this way. Figeľ said that such practices lasted until about mid-July until he took up his post and stopped them.
Previous Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny bears political responsibility for mismanagement in public procurement, Figeľ told SITA.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Sep 2010 at 10:00