When the municipal company Telge Fastigheter was rebuilding Scaniarinken in Södertälje, an impermissible change was made to the contract without a contract notice being advertised, which is required according to the rules. The Swedish Competition Authority is now going to court to demand that a penalty/procurement fine of half a million Swedish kronor be imposed on Telge Fastigheter.
When the Scaniarinken sports facility in Södertälje was being rebuilt and renovated, starting in 2017, items including digital screens and technical equipment were purchased for SEK 7 million. This element of the upgrade was not advertised in accordance with the rules on procurement. A contract was instead signed directly with a contractor, without any prior contract notice being advertised.
The Swedish Competition Authority believes that this is a case of an illegal direct award of contract.
“Without a contract notice being advertised, there is a greater risk that the winning tender for the contract offers neither the best price nor the best quality. It is therefore important that the concluded contract relates to the subject-matter of the contract that was advertised and thus formed the basis of the suppliers’ tenders,” says Rikard Jermsten, Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority.
“Illegal direct awards of contract, which are carried out without several suppliers having the opportunity to submit a tender, are infringements that we prioritise in our supervisory work.”
The Swedish Competition Authority is now asking the Administrative Court in Stockholm to impose a penalty/procurement fine of SEK 500,000 on Telge Fastigheter.
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