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Parliamentary questions
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15 February 2019
Question for written answer P-000866-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Kosma Złotowski (ECR)

 Subject:  Hyundai's successful bid in the call for tender for trams in Warsaw
 Answer in writing 

On 8 February 2019, the Warsaw authorities announced that the Korean company Hyundai had won a call for tender for 213 new trams. The decision raises serious doubts, given that Hyundai has never before secured a contract of this kind in a Member State. What is more, the Korean firm’s offer seems surprisingly cheap, given that it does not yet have suitable production facilities in the EU that would make it possible to carry out an order of that scale.

In its resolution of 9 June 2016 on competitiveness of the European rail supply industry,(1) Parliament called on the Commission to monitor non-European rail investment in EU Member States and guarantee compliance with European public procurement legislation, for example the legislation on abnormally low tenders and unfair competition, and invited the Commission to make inquiries concerning potential non-European candidates who submit tenders in the EU.

In light of that resolution, and given that the procurement of the trams will be largely funded by the EU, I would like to ask the Commission:
1. Will it examine the results of the call for tender to verify that the decision does not violate competition rules and check that Hyundai’s offer is not abnormally cheap?
2. In the Commission’s view, does the Warsaw authorities’ decision to accept Hyundai’s offer — in spite of the company’s lack of adequate production facilities and the fact that it has been banned in the past by a judicial ruling from taking part in public procurement tenders — give enough of a guarantee that the EU funding will be used properly?


Original language of question: PL 
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