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Development Ministry urges withdrawal of Volánbusz tender

The National Development Ministry intends to call off a recently announced Volánbusz-tender. The tender was announced for acquiring new buses for the state-owned long-distance bus company.

In a statement sent to MTI, the ministry reasoned the halt by saying that tender conditions exclude several possible bidders and negatively discriminates Hungarian manufacturers.

    The tender was announced by Volánbusz Zrt in June and was about the purchase of 20 two-axial and 40 three-axial buses. The tender has been criticized for unfair competition conditions: many said that many manufacturers – including Hungarian ones – would not be able to produce three-axial buses. It limits the circle of bidders, among which real price competition is not likely to occur, the National Development Ministry said.

    The tender could be called off by the National Asset Management Zrt, holding founder and ownership rights. The ministry said that a new tender could be announced later with modified conditions, as the improvement of Volánbusz’s bus fleet was justified.

    The National Development Ministry is continuing monitoring state-owned companies. Part of the investigation is the revision of external contracts at those companies. (