Prague pays another fine. This time for the construction of the Industrial Palace
/PHOTO GALLERY/ Prague must pay a fine for the construction of the Industrial Palace. The chairman of the Office for the Protection of Economic Competition, Petr Mlsna, confirmed the decision by which a fine of 2,600,000 crowns was imposed on the metropolis.
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Reconstruction of the Industrial Palace.
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The Antimonopoly Office did not like the way the city selected the company that will complete and renovate the burnt-out Industrial Palace. The city set the criteria for the qualification of suppliers disproportionately in relation to the complexity and scope of the subject of the public contract, thereby illegally limiting the range of potential suppliers who could participate in the contract competition.
In other words, the requirements were so strict that few companies had a chance to apply for the contract.
For example, experience with contracts worth at least 10 million crowns is required for the main restorer. “This amount significantly exceeded the financial volume of restoration work to be discovered in connection with the reconstruction of the Industrial Palace,” the Antimonopoly Office justified the fine.
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The city already opposed the original decision, but it was of no use to him. The Chairman of the ÚOHS confirmed. “The chairman of MLSNA also rejected the objection against the inadequacy of the fine, as the fine could have been imposed in the amount of almost 264 million crowns,” said ÚOHS spokesman Martin Švanda.
The decision of the chairman of the ÚOHS that Prague can resist the filing of an administrative lawsuit at the Regional Court in Brno, but does not postpone the obligation to impose payment. Here, Prague will defend itself in court, it is not yet clear, the municipality has not commented on the fine yet.
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Prague is now quite regularly a “client” of the Office for the Protection of Economic Competition, the city recently received several fines for unsuccessful decrees on the regulation of gambling in the metropolis.
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