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January 23, 2022

EUR 2 bn tender for railway upgrade, cancelled

CFR canceled a few days ago, on April 11, a tender for the upgrade of the railway on Pan-European Corridor IV between Arad and Simeria, made with European funds. The total tenders cancelled amounted to RON 8.2 billion (about EUR 1.83 billion), reports hotnews.ro. The cancelling occurred following complaints submitted by the participating companies and after CFR, an institution under the Ministry of Transports led by Dan Sova, revealed “errors or omissions” in the papers for the tender. Considering the amount in question, that might be one of the major tenders held in Romania.  Besides, according to CFR documents, the works for which the tenders were cancelled are scheduled both for the European financial exercise 2014-2020 and for the financial exercise 2007-2013, in which Romania risks losing about EUR 1.7 billion unless it concludes several projects for motorways and railways by December 2015. According to the cancelling decisions, Strabag company complained about the tender, accusing that the selection criteria were modified through the clarifications made by the state-owned company. To be precise, at the works “Infrastructure and superstructure,” and “Bridges and passages,” the term “railway” was not mentioned, and thus Strabag joined the tender with their experience in such works, but only for motorways/roads.
CFR said they cannot accept for the selection criteria anything but experience in railway sector, and Strabag company submitted an official complaint later accusing that the authority requesting the services modified the selection criteria. According to the same documents, the two tenders in amount of EUR 2 billion are funded through both POS 2007-2013 and POS 2014-2020.
Trade union warn about collective strike
In the meantime, the railway unions might start a collective strike as of April 23, unless the new labour agreements are signed by that time, including items favourable for the employees, announced Iulian Mantescu yesterday during a press conference. Mantescu, president of the Engine Drivers Union, said that not signing the labour agreements might lead to firing 2,500 employees at CFR Marfa.

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