Romania called on to comply with EU rules on public procurement

Monday January 30th, 2012

The European Commission has called on Romania to comply with EU rules on public procurement in connection with a contract awarded by the municipal authorities of sector 3 of the city of Bucharest.

The contract, worth around €110m, has been awarded in the form of a four-year framework agreement.

The Bucharest sector 3 authorities did not allow potential applicants sufficient time to prepare their bids. Also, during the procedure changes were made to a number of mandatory conditions in the procurement notice.

The Commission feels that the authorities could not have performed an objective evaluation of the bids. The framework contract was in fact awarded to an applicant whose bid included a large number of anomalies in terms of the prices and deadlines tendered.

Its request to Romania takes the form of a reasoned opinion, the second stage of EU infringement proceedings. If Romania does not take the measures necessary to ensure compliance with EU public procurement rules within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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