A public tender in Romania is to be investigated by the European Commission’s Internal Market and Services Directorate General (DG MARKT). EC officials will look into a potential breach of confidentiality rules during bidding at a public auction by a Romanian institution. Details of exactly which public auction is under scrutiny have not been published, with Romanian news agency Mediafax referring to a confidential document reportedly seen by AFP.
It appears that the unnamed institution requested details from a bidder who had made a suspiciously low offer and then shared the information with competing bidders, thus infringing confidentiality laws on public procurement.The institution was part of an appeal, so the information was made public to the other bidders. Mediafax refers to a confidential meeting in mid September between the Romanian authorities and EC officials when the concerns were discussed and a decision taken not to go public until the investigation was complete.
The current legislation in Romania allows the contracting authority to ask for details in case a certain bid is too low, and gives certain guideline for when the authority can do so.
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