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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSpanish train manufacturer Talgo has appealed the decision made by Latvian Procurement Monitoring Bureau on re-assessment of results of the procurement of electric trains, saying that PMB has made big mistakes and wrong conclusions, which resulted in an illegal decision, Talgo representatives say.

«The decision made by PMB contains a clear violation of equal treatment principle, because PMB has basically decided that Latvian Pasažieru vilciens is required t once again go through contenders’ offers and pick the one from Škoda Vagonka. This kind of decision is illegal. It limits competition and is aimed against society’s interests to receive the best and most economical offer in a public procurement,» Talgo representatives comment.

The company notes that PMB has set new energy consumption evaluation criteria in its decision. Pasažieru vilciens now has to comply with those criteria when evaluating offers from contenders. These criteria were not previously part of the procurement requirements. Respectively, no one among the contenders had included them in their offers. Škoda Vagonka was the one exception – this company had included three different energy consumption indexes, which coincidentally meets PMB’s new requirements, Talgo comments.

Before receiving the decision from PMB, Pasažieru vilciens had performed no assessment of energy consumption criteria in any of the submitted offers. This is because it had been made clear from the start that these criteria would not be considered and thus there was no need to include them in offers. With that said, PMB has put all other contenders at a disadvantage, Talgo representatives say.

BNN had previously reported that four contenders competed with one another for the rights to supply 32 new electric passenger trains – Spanish Talgo, Swiss Stadler’s subsidiary in Poland, Spanish Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles and Škoda Vagonka. Pasažieru vilciens declared Talgo as the winner, whose offered price was EUR 225,303,262. However, two other contenders – Škoda Vagonka and CAF – decided to submit a complaint to PMB on this.


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