The Hospodárske noviny daily wrote in its Wednesday, September 19, issue that Slovakia might face lawsuits worth millions of euros. The construction company Skanska is allegedly considering suing the state for excluding it from the procurement of the construction of a 12 kilometre railroad track between Zlatovce and Trenčianska Teplá. The company made the lowest bid in the tender, only €200 million. This tender is the longest protracted case, dating back to the first term of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s government.
The representatives of the company criticise the decision of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) which excluded it from the competition; and they say it was deliberate and wrong. Except for the financial compensation, the company might also ask the Bratislava Regional Court to issue an injunction banning the state run Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR) railway company from signing a contract with any other bidder. If Skanska fails with Slovak courts, it intends to turn to the European Court of Justice to ask for financial compensation.
(Source: Hospodárske noviny)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Sep 2012 at 14:00