Police Buy Overpriced Radars in Dubious Tender
The Ministry of Interior is to purchase radar equipment for the police force via a tender that has been challenged by one of the companies that competed in the tender, thanks to a rather exaggerated price, writes daily SME.
The Ministry spent over EUR 620,000 on fifteen radars and ten video-radars, which some have confirmed is well above the standard market price for such equipment. According to portal noviny.sk, the equipment could have been purchased from the US for a quarter of that price.
One of the tenderers, the company NetPoint, filed a complaint last year about the tender as only one company could satisfy the tender criterion of having a specific certificate – the company ZTS Elektronika, of course. The Ministry subsequently changed the conditions and so argues that candidates could have presented the necessary certificates later on, even after winning the tender. The Office of Public Procurement says the tender was in order.
The company ZTS Elektronika also concluded a 4-year contract last year with the Ministry to service and repair its radar equipment, with the contract worth up to EUR 720,000.
What’s more, the lucky winner ZTS Elektronika had already been under investigation for advantageous treatment under the first government of current Prime Minister Robert Fico. A criminal motion was filed at that time for special treatment by interior minister Daniel Lipsic. One employee was fired, but the investigation was never concluded.