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CZECHS TAKEN TO ECJ OVER PURCHASE OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT.

The European Commission has referred the Czech Republic to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for not complying with EU public procurement rules in the purchase of military transport aircraft. The move came on 28 October. The Commission is concerned that the Czech Republic has breached the Public Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC by directly awarding a contract worth 132 million for four military tactical transport aircraft of the type CASA-295M without organising a tendering procedure. It thus considers that this member state has prevented competition on the European market and may have wasted taxpayer's money. The Directive stipulates that public contracts above certain values must be awarded on the basis of an EU-wide tender procedure. However, the Directive provides for an exemption from this obligation in cases where the contracting authority buys specific military material. According to the EU executive, the Czech Republic has failed to demonstrate why a public tender for unarmed transport aircraft would pose a risk for its essential security interests.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Oct 29, 2010
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