ZAGREB, April 3, 2019) – The State Commission for Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures has rejected a complaint filed by the Aktor company against the state-owned Hrvatske Ceste (HC) road operator’s decision to award the Greek company J&P Avax a contract to build access roads to the Pelješac Bridge, citing as the reason for its decision the fact that Aktor paid an insufficient fee to launch the complaint procedure.
The job to build access roads was awarded to J&P Avax, after which complaints were submitted by Austria’s Strabag company and Greece’s Aktor.
J&P Avax offered to build 12 kilometres of access roads to the Pelješac Bridge at a price of 464.9 million kuna before Value Added Tax.
Aktor’s appeal, the Commission said, contained proof of a fee paid to launch the complaint procedure in the amount of 13,490 euro or 99,778.65 kuna, however, in cases of procurement that exceeds 60 million kuna, the complainant is expected to pay a fee of 100,000 kuna to have the procedure launched.
A total of seven bids had been submitted for the construction of access roads to the Pelješac Bridge.
Of those seven bids, four were shortlisted, and the Commission found the offer made by J&P Avax to be the most favourable in financial terms.
The selected bidder is expected to wrap up construction work by 31 January 2022.
The Commission has still not decided on the complaint filed by Strabag.
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