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Parliamentary questions
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18 March 2019
E-001380-19
Question for written answer E-001380-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Martin (ENF)

 Subject:  Warsaw is treating itself to Korean trams with French taxes
 Answer in writing 

While it should be mandatory to show a preference for European suppliers in European invitations to tender, the Commission has opted for the opposite. An Asian supplier (South Korea) won the bid to supply trams to Warsaw (Poland) on 11 February 2019(1). This, even though the purchase will be partially financed by the European Union, in other words principally by taxes paid by German, French and Italian tax-payers.

What is the respective contribution of the Commission and of Poland towards this contract?

Why does the Commission reject the principle of giving preference to European suppliers in European public procurement?

These are all jobs lost for European producers such as Alstom.

(1)https://www.metro-report.com/news/news-by-region/europe/single-view/view/hyundai-rotem-selected-for-warszawa-tram-contract.html

Original language of question: FR 
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