Örebro Municipality has made an illegal direct award of parking meters. The Swedish Competition Authority is now turning to the Administrative Court and petitioning for the municipality to be ordered to pay a procurement fine of SEK 145,000.
At the beginning of 2019, about forty parking meters in Örebro Municipality were inoperative and closed off. At the time, the municipality had no existing agreement for the delivery of parking meters and a new advertised procurement had been delayed due to internal circumstances.
The municipality therefore turned directly to a former framework agreement supplier on four occasions in 2019 for the purchase of parking meters, without the prior publication of a contract notice in accordance with the Public Procurement Act. The Swedish Competition Authority's petition for a procurement fee relates to a contract concluded in October 2019. The value of the procurement amounts to SEK 1,916,838, which exceeds the limit for when a prior call for competition made by means of a contract notice is needed.
“An illegal direct award is a serious infringement of the procurement rules. It’s important that the contracting authority has foresight and plans its procurements in such a way that an illegal direct award does not take place,” says Rikard Jermsten, Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority.
The Swedish Competition Authority is now applying to the Administrative Court in Karlstad and asking that the court sentence Örebro Municipality to pay SEK 145,000 in procurement fines.
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