Invitel submits best bid at emergency-call tender
Hungarian telecommunications company Invitel's bid was assessed as the best at a tender called by the National Ambulance Service (OMSZ) for IT developments related to the 112 emergency call number, but it is HUF 59 million more expensive than the HUF 2.269 billion upper limit specified in the tender invitation, business daily Világgazdaság and daily Népszabadság both reported on Monday.
The operation of the uniform 112 emergency call number is an EU requirement that Hungary has yet to satisfy. Although the number is operating, the service is not up to the required standard for lack of a uniform IT system. The success of the tender is also of key importance because the government will have to settle accounts for the EU funding received for the development by the end of next year. The agreement with the selected contractor must be signed by December so that the development can be completed by next summer, the paper said. Népszabadság said the financial manager of OMSZ said the ambulance service's budget does not include sufficient funds to cover the HUF 59 million by which the offer exceeds the limit.
Both papers said, however, that about HUF 80 million is still available to the ambulance service from reserves allocated in EU funding agreements, therefore, it is up to the decision-makers to give permission to exceed the limit of the tender.
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