Victory of Prague: The head of the Antimonopoly Office rejected Eurovie’s objections to the tender for metro D
The decision of the President of the Office means a victory for Prague on the way to starting construction. It remains to obtain a building permit.
To the transport company hl. After more than a year, the way to the signing of a contract for the construction of the first section of the new metro line D between the Pankrác and Olbrachtova stations is opening up. The giant tender was blocked last year by the construction company Eurovia, which complained to the Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) about discrimination. The chairman of the office, Petr Mlsna, at the second instance, has now rejected the disintegration of Eurovie.
“Eurovia CS’s proposal was thus largely rejected; in the part concerning the non-extension of the deadlines for submission of tenders, the administrative procedure was stayed because no timely objections were raised in this part of the proposal.” announced today.
In its proposal, Eurovia pointed to the alleged illegality of the tender specifications and the DPP procedure. These were, for example, the alleged unavailability of part of the tender documentation and its incompleteness, the length of the deadline for submission of tenders, the ambiguity in defining the requirements for proving qualifications and other unclear or disproportionate requirements of the contracting authority. The office banned the contract last summer, but in a first-instance decision in March this year “Did not find grounds for imposing corrective action”, which Mlsna has now confirmed in the decision on the dissolution.
“At the beginning of his decision, the President of Mlsna contains the general nature of the submitted application, in which numerous illegalities of the tender conditions were alleged, without the proposer any attempt to eliminate them even during the tender procedure.” writes the Office. According to Mlsný, the contracting authority has the issue of setting the tender conditions “A large space for its own considerations and is entitled to set them in accordance with the need to implement the public contract in compliance with legal restrictions”. According to the Office, the transport company did not make any excess in this regard. “The Office is not entitled to intervene in the tender conditions that respect the law, are objective, non-discriminatory and represent a certain rational quality for the contracting authority.” stated by the President of the Office.
Eurovia objected last April 30, the closing date for bids. She did not enter the competition. The objections were written on a total of 131 pages, a large part of which mainly concerns the alleged advantage of Metrostav, Hochtief and Strabag in the competition itself due to the fact that they carry out a geological survey on the spot.
Three bids came to the tender for metro D. The winner of the competition will build the first section of metro D between Pankrác and Olbrachtová. With an estimated price of 10,829 billion crowns, this is the largest public contract on the Czech construction market in the last ten years. For Prague, the decision of the President of the Office also means the victory of the DPP on the way to the start of construction. However, the last hurdle remains to be overcome: obtaining a building permit. DPP chief Petr Witowski recently stated that the issuance of a building permit in legal force can be expected in the optimistic variant at the end of the summer.
Metro line D will be 10.6 km long with a total of 10 stations (4 excavated, 5 excavated and 1 surface): Náměstí Míru, Náměstí bratří Synků, Pankrác, Olbrachtova, Krč Railway Station, Krč Hospital, Nové Dvory, Libuš, Písnice and Depot Songs. The operation is to ensure 17 four-car sets without a driver.