The Transport, Construction and Regional Development Ministry stated on Tuesday, April 9, that it is not aware of any legal reasons why the state-run rail company Železnice SR-ŽSR should not have signed the contract on modernising a railway stretch near Trenčín with TSS Grade.
According to information carried by the media on Tuesday, the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) ruled that the tender should be re-evaluated. The commission was assigned to a consortium headed by TSS Grade, which is alleged to have connections to supporters of Smer, for around €240 million, while Skanska offered to build the stretch for €40 million less.
Former transport minister Ján Figeľ said earlier in the day that Transport Minister Ján Počiatek should explain the tender or be dismissed. He pointed out that the situation may result in Slovakia being obliged to pay compensation to Skanska over how it was treated during the tender, and in the European Commission refusing to pay its share for the project.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Apr 2013 at 14:00