Monitoring
Independent Civil Monitoring of the Public Procurement Procedure for Zheleznitsa Tunnel along the Struma Highway, Bulgaria
2017
18.04.2017

Deadline for appeal of the Decision for termination expires. According to the public register of the Commission for Protection of Competition no appeals have been submitted

13.04.2017

Meeting between the Independent Observer and the management of Road Infrastructure Agency: discussion regarding circumstances led to termination of the tender and plans for preparation and announcement of a new tender

12.04.2017

Transparency International - Bulgaria published Legal Analysis on the Decision for Termination of the Procurement Procedure

10.04.2017

The Independent Observer addressed the Contracting Authority with questions regarding circumstances around missing offer

10.04.2017

Meeting between the Independent Observer and the Bulgarian Construction Chamber: discussion of the challenges and risks before business in regard with the termination of the procurement procedure

06.04.2017

During a joint press conference, the Head of the Road Infrastructure Agency and the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works said that the missing documents (being part of a submitted offer) is the main reason for termination of the tender

04.04.2017

The Road Infrastructure Agency issued Decision no. 27 for termination of the public procurement procedure. The Decision was based on five motives, one of which reads laconically "...missing part of submitted offer of one of the bidders…" The Decision for termination was published at the CA's website in the end of the day on 04.04.2017

14.03.2017

Euro Alliance Tunnels, Bulgaria - a company participating in the "Struma Zheleznitsa" Consortium, acceded the Integrity Pact

08.03.2017

The Contracting Authority published at their website two protocols (minutes) from the work of the Evaluation Committee - concerning meetings conducted on 16.08.2016 and 17.02.2017 respectively. Seen from the minutes of the second meeting, the Evaluation Committee reviewed documents supporting the eligibility criteria of the bidders. Only two tenderers provided their documents following all requirements set by the CA; one bidder failed to prolong the validity of the offer and was excluded from further evaluation

21.02.2017

Meeting between Transparency International - Bulgaria and members of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency: discussions on circumstances led to delay of the procurement procedure and the progress of the evaluation phase of the tender

17.02.2017

The second meeting of the Evaluation Committee took place. Minutes from the session were published on 08.03.2017

16.02.2017

The Road Infrastructure Agency issued Decision no. РД-11-118: Contracting Authority appointed a new external expert, member of the Evaluation Committee

15.02.2017

Transparency International - Bulgaria published the Initial Monitoring Report regarding the preparation phase of the procurement procedure

10.02.2017

The Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of the caretaker government appointed Acting Head of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency

08.02.2017

A tragic incident in the "Echemishka" tunnel along the "Hemus" highway took place. The Minister of Regional Development and Public Works announced in media that he would ask for resignation of the Head of Management Board of the RIA

19.01.2017

The Road Infrastructure Agency issued Decision no. РД-11-42: Contracting Authority prolonged the offers' evaluation phase up to 10.04.2017

17.01.2017

The Contracting Authority addressed the bidders with enquiry for prolongation of the validity of the offers. The Independent Observer was not notified about these developments

13.12.2016

Transparency International - Bulgaria met the newly appointed Head of the Management Board of the RIA

01.12.2016

The Minister of Regional Development and Public Works (resigned) appointed new Head of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency

21.11.2016

Following the resignation of the Government, the Head of the Road Infrastructure Agency also stepped back

15.11.2016

Deadline for offers' evaluation phase expired. No documents regarding the Evaluation Committee work were published at the CA's website

04.11.2016

Meeting between the Independent Observer and the Contracting Authority: verification of the Initial Monitoring Report regarding the preparation phase of the procurement procedure

01.11.2016

Transparency International - Bulgaria launched the White List of the tenderers which acceded the Integrity Pact

25.10.2016

The Road Infrastructure Agency and Transparency International - Bulgaria concluded and Addendum to the Integrity Pact in order to publicly confirm the commitments for collaboration within the initiative for civil monitoring of the procurement procedure for Zheleznitsa tunnel

08.09.2016

INC SpA Italy acceded the Integrity Pact

01.09.2016

Transparency International - Bulgaria started awareness campaign towards business with view of the involvement of the private sector in the initiative

16.08.2016

TI-Bulgaria took part in the first public meeting of the Evaluation Committee. A total number of 17 bidders submitted offers for participation in the procedure. Two of the tenderers - ASTALDI SpA Italy and J/V AKTOR - AER acceded the Integrity Pact by submitting application forms together with their offers. The CA determined a 90-days term for work of the Evaluation Committee

11.07.2016

The Road Infrastructure Agency issued Decision no. 89: the new deadline for submission of the offers was 15.08.2016. The public meeting for offers' announcement was scheduled for the next day - 16.08.2016

15.05.2016

The deadline for succession between the NCSIP and the RIA expired. The Road Infrastructure Agency officially became the new Contracting Authority

03.05.2016

The Supreme Administrative Court cancelled the appeal of "S and G Group BG"

15.04.2016

The amended Roads Act came into force. The law determined a one-month term for succession between the NCSIP and the RIA

07.04.2016

The Parliament passed the amendments of the Roads Act which provided for termination of the National Company "Strategic Infrastructure Projects". The Road Infrastructure Agency was appointed assignee

16.03.2016

The Commission for Protection of Competition decided against the appeal of "S and G Group BG". The law provided right for appeal before the higher instance - the Supreme Administration Court

09.03.2016

A group of Members of Parliament submitted a bill for amendment of the Roads Act providing for termination of the National Company "Strategic Infrastructure Projects"

22.02.2016

The Contracting Authority suspended the procurement procedure pursuant Art. 120a of the Public Procurement Act

19.02.2016

"S and G Group BG" submitted a claim regarding the procurement procedure to the Commission for Protection of Competition

26.01.2016

The Contracting Authority extended again the deadline for submitting of offers to 25.02.2016

04.01.2016

The "Integrity Pacts - Civil Control Mechanisms for Safeguarding of EU Funds, Phase 2" project launched. Transparency International - Bulgaria in its capacity of Independent Observer started monitoring of the preparation phase of the procurement procedure

14.12.2015

The Contracting Authority extended the deadline for submitting of offers to 15.02.2016

08.12.2015

The Public Procurement Agency issued ex-ante control report

30.11.2015

Transparency International - Bulgaria and the National Company "Strategic Infrastructure Projects" concluded and opened for accession the Integrity Pact to the public procurement procedure for design and build of Zheleznitsa tunnel along the Struma motorway

30.11.2015

The Contracting Authority announced the public procurement procedure for design and build of Zheleznitsa tunnel. The Decision no. ОП-29-РШ-002 determined 25.01.2016 the deadline for submission of offers by interested business entities

22.10.2015

Transparency International - Bulgaria and the National Company "Strategic Infrastructure Projects" signed Memorandum of Understanding. The document set the official start of actions for preparation of the Integrity Pact

30.01.2015

The management of the National Company "Strategic Infrastructure Projects" in its capacity of Contracting Authority approved the 2015 annual plan for public procurement procedures. The plan provided for the Zheleznitsa tunnel tender to be announced in late 2015

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