Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Minister Glváč yields, disputed gas masks not purchased for now

The Defence Ministry has halted the purchase of €862,000 in gas masks. Based on a contract signed in 2009 which caused much concern, the deal has been set aside for review. The tender organised by the Interior Ministry in 2008 (led by Robert Kaliňák), allegedly included only one bidder capable of fulfilling all conditions, the winner MSA Auer.

The Defence Ministry has halted the purchase of €862,000 in gas masks. Based on a contract signed in 2009 which caused much concern, the deal has been set aside for review. The tender organised by the Interior Ministry in 2008 (led by Robert Kaliňák), allegedly included only one bidder capable of fulfilling all conditions, the winner MSA Auer.

Other bidders were excluded because their masks did not have field-of-vision greater than 90 percent of the natural vision field. After the Sme daily let had the winning masks measured in an independent testing facility, it turned out that they too failed to meet this criterion.

Defence Minister Martin Glváč initially claimed the original contract was in order, and the Supreme Audit Office found problems. However, Sme wrote on Thursday, August 1, that ministry spokeswoman Martina Balleková said officials had voluntarily re-evaluated the contract in order not to give pretence for “cheap political attacks on the Defence Ministry”. Former defence minister Ľubomír Galko (Freedom and Solidarity-SaS) also criticised the contract Wednesday.

Balleková said that ministry will let the contract be scrutinised by experts and refused to give further details on what will happen next. She said that Slovak army has had a good experience with MSA Auer masks and the conditions of the public tender were set based on the army’s requirements.

(Source: Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovak healthcare needs thousands of medical workers

Slovak doctors, nurses and midwives are not hesitating in finding better work conditions abroad.

Illustrative Stock Photo

Study shows construction of Eastring gas pipeline is feasible

Construction of the interconnector may begin in 2022.

Variants of the possible route of Eastring

Spectacular Slovakia #3: Unexpected hiking (Enjoy Bratislava's greenery) Audio

In Slovakia, you can hike in the capital city. Listen to the latest episode of our travel podcast to find out more.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between September 21 and September 30, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Kapitulská