Procurement Office Disqualifies Cartel Construction Companies
The Public Procurement Office has continued disqualifying several major construction companies from state tenders after they were found guilty of a cartel agreement from ten years ago, opening up the market of state orders.
The authority had already struck off two of the biggest companies Doprastav and Strabag from its list of potential contractors, with them now being followed by Inzinierske Stavby Kosice, which dominates the east of the country.
The procurement authority is acting in response to a Supreme Court ruling that the companies, along with three others, had made a cartel agreement on state tenders back in 2004 . Another of the three companies is alleged to be construction giant Skanska’s Czech subsidiary, which is also reportedly disqualified from competing for Slovak state orders, but the company claims no knowledge of this, according to daily Hospodarske Noviny.