Problems with contract for radar system for Poland’s borders

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opublikowano: 24-01-2005, 13:10

Radar system for Poland’s borders, a contract worth EUR 40 m, co-financed from Phare funds, brings new controversies. In 2004, ‘Puls Biznesu’ described tender procedures, where twice the offer of Polish Ster-Projekt and British Denbridge was chosen, and twice rejected by the Representation of the European Commission.

Radar system for Poland’s borders, a contract worth EUR 40 m, co-financed from Phare funds, brings new controversies. In 2004, ‘Puls Biznesu’ described tender procedures, where twice the offer of Polish Ster-Projekt and British Denbridge was chosen, and twice rejected by the Representation of the European Commission. The latter ordered the Polish side to sign agreement with the consortium of German Atlas Elektronik and Polish WPRT.

Atlas and WPRT are realising an initial project worth EUR 5 m. The system was to be ready on February 14th. The first deadline, November 1st, was postponed. ‘The application to prolong the period was submitted to the European Commission before the tender procedure in order for the contractors to have possible best conditions to realise the project’, Marek Gieorgica from the Ministry of Internal Affairs explained. ‘The most important parts of the system are ready, we have problems because of the weather but we should do that in time’, a representative of Atlas told ‘Puls Biznesu’.

The problem is that even if Atlas fails to prepare the initial project in time Polish border authorities will have not enough time to start new tender unless they lose EU funds. ‘The issue is very serious. Border authorities have one month to receive the system. Then, they can decide whether to start new tender or negotiate with Atlas. A new tender could not be ended before the end of June. Unless the Polish side wants to lose EU funds, they have to negotiate with Atlas whether their project is good or not’, a Polish official said. Atlas representatives decline they want to take the opportunity to negotiate higher payment for the project.Poland/Enterprises/IT

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