Slovakia’s Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) is to deliver its answers to the European Commission’s request for information pertaining to the electronic toll collection tender.
Italian-Austrian consortium Slovakpass led by the Italian highway company Autostrade, one of the expelled bidders, complained to the European Commission about its expulsion from the tender despite offering the lowest bid. ÚVO also received a new objection from the Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom, which is another expelled bidder.
The Austrian company filed its objection on July 11, after the NDS dismissed its request for correction. The ÚVO is currently deciding on the previous objection by Kapsch about alleged discrimination by the National Highway Company (NDS) while reviewing the bids. A decision is expected by July 25. The other two expelled bidders – Slovakpass and Slovak-Swiss ToSy – have not filed new appeals regarding the tender yet.
Eight companies originally submitted bids to supply an electronic toll collection service to the NDS, five of which were selected. Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny sees no reason to cancel the electronic toll collection tender, as the ÚVO rejected complaints from the three excluded candidates and is currently dealing with another objection.
Vážny also said the tender should not be cancelled although only the SanToll-Ibertax group, which submitted the highest bid, has remained in the game.