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Skanska files complaint with EC over cancelled railway tender

Construction firm Skanska SK has filed a complaint with the European Commission over the decision of Slovakia’s Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) to cancel a tender for modernizing a 12-kilometre stretch of railway between Zlatovce and Trenčianska Teplá, the SITA newswire reported.

Construction firm Skanska SK has filed a complaint with the European Commission over the decision of Slovakia’s Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) to cancel a tender for modernizing a 12-kilometre stretch of railway between Zlatovce and Trenčianska Teplá, the SITA newswire reported.

"We consider this decision unjustified and purpose-made. Our legal analyses confirmed that the reasons mentioned in the decision could not have a significant influence on the result of the tender. Regarding the fact that the entire construction is co-financed from the EU Cohesion Fund via the Transport Operational Programme, it is up to the EC to examine the merits of our complaint," Skanska SK Director General Tibor Kočvara said, as quoted by SITA.

Both Skanska and the railway infrastructure operator Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR) decided on March 18 to sue ÚVO for ordering ŽSR to cancel the 15-month-long tender.

According to ÚVO the tender violated the principles of transparency and non-discrimination. A court will now examine whether ÚVO’s decision was lawful. ÚVO refused to comment in detail but said it behaved in compliance with the law.

ŽSR announced the tender for modernising the Zlatovce - Trenčianska Teplá railway stretch in 2009. Skanska offered to modernise the railway stretch for approximately €201 million, excluding VAT, and the second lowest bid came from the Trnava-based TSS Grade (€245 million).

Source: SITA

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