KOSID opposes the opening process of tender for the Power Plant ‘New Kosovo’

Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development (KOSID) opposes the opening process of the tender for the Power Plant ‘New Kosovo’ with only one bidder, based on Article 32.4 of the Law on Public Procurement, according to which, “If during the conduct of a procurement activity, less than two (2) responsive tenders or, where applicable, requests to participate are received; the contracting authority shall cancel the procurement activity.”

Given that for the Power Plant ‘New Kosovo’ is just one bidder (Contour Global), this process falls directly contrary to this law.  

It is worth mentioning that from the beginning of the process this project was followed by non-transparent procedures and unjustified amount of money spent for technical assistance. Moreover, the whole process of such project with significant financial and environmental impact is happening at the end of the year and during an institutional transition period.

The Government of Kosovo is pursuing double standards, with the opening of bids for the public enterprises privatization. While the opening of bids for the Post and Telecom of Kosovo last year, the Government had invited the media and other interested stakeholders to participate in the bid opening, the process of bid opening of the Project 'New Kosovo', was held in a full secret.

Furthermore, it is concerning the political intervention in this project before the final decision is taken by the Project Steering Committee (PSC), the former Prime Minister of Kosovo, currently Minister of MFA, Hashim Thaçi, through a post in Facebook, announced that this decision would be “the most serious decision which will lead to economic development and creation of new jobs.”

In addition, the ‘New Kosovo’ project is not the only project that violates the standards of privatization and investment in Kosovo, but, considering its sensitivity and its impact on health and environment, the ‘New Kosovo’ project should not be treated as previous projects.

If procedural standards are not respected and law violations are happening even before the tender is awarded, how can we expect that the building and operation standards will be respected by the eventual winning company?!

Hence, KOSID requires from Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the PP ‘New Kosovo’ to cancel the tender process for this project and not proceed with further violations of  laws in force in the Republic of Kosovo.

December 21, 2014

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