Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) has denied that public procurement projects at his ministry have become chaotic during his term in office, as claimed by his opponents, the TASR newswire reported on Thursday, February 2. Lipšic said that a tender for the purchase of firearms was in order, as was a tender to purchase eavesdropping systems. However, he conceded that there may have been a "flaw" in the purchase of police cars equipped with radar devices.
"I don't want to make statements before the inspection [into the tender] is concluded, but it appears to me that despite good intentions, part of the tender was carried out badly," Lipšic said. He added that the German police had bought the same type of radar at a higher price, but conceded that if the equipment is more expensive than the car which contains it, the tender should take the total price of the radar and car into consideration and not only that of the car. The vehicles were bought according to the criterion of lowest price, and the tender was in order, said Lipšic. "The problem of public procurement in Slovakia is that a company that isn't able to compete in terms of price and quality can prolong a tender for years," the minister stated.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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