Skanska and ZSR go to EC over cancelled tender

Construction company Skanska SK has filed an official complaint with the European Commission over the Public Procurement Office’s decision to cancel a long-drawn out tender for railway track modernisation.

On Friday the contracting authority, railway company ZSR, decided together with winner of the cancelled tender Skanska to file the complaint against the procurement authority, as they believe the tender was unduly cancelled.

The Public Procurement Office cancelled the tender from the end of 2009 for a 12-km stretch of railway between Zlatovce and Trencianske Tepla stating breach of transparency and non-discrimination as the grounds. Skanska won the tender among four tenderers with the lowest price of EUR 201 million before VAT.

ZSR and Skanska wasn’t the European Commission to look into the issue as the project is to be co-financed from the European Cohesion Fund. General director of Skanska SK, Tibor Kocvara said the company regarded the decision as unsubstantiated and targeted as all their legal analyses showed that the grounds stated by the authority were not influential to the outcome of the tender at all.

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