Councillors at Prague City Hall have decided to cancel the memorandum of
understanding with Lime, the company which has been renting electric
scooters across the capital since last autumn. According to City Hall the
move is only a signal to Lime that it is not happy with the company’s
approach towards fulfilling its commitments and not a ban on its Prague
Lime bikes, which are often simply left in the middle of the pavement after being used, have been described by many locals as an inconvenience since their introduction and City Hall referred to the company’s inability to prevent parked scooters from interfering with pedestrians as one of the ways in which it has breached the memorandum.
The Czech police have begun the criminal prosecution of ten individuals
connected to dubious public contracts issued by the government agency
CzechTourism, which were worth an estimated CZK 27.3 million. A former
manager of one of the agency’s departments has been charged with
manipulating public tenders, while the other nine suspects with bribery.
The information was provided by the spokesman of the National Centre for
Combating Organised Crime.
The news site SeznamZprávy reported on Friday that the name of the manager is Aleš Pangrác and the charges relate to propagation contracts. He has since confirmed that charges have been brought against him, but refused to comment further.
A police raid was conducted at the Ministry for Regional Development to which CzechTourism is subordinated last November.
The Ministry of Defence has released its tender specifications for a new model of Infantry Fighting Vehicles which are set to replace its aging BVP-2s. Four pre-selected companies were invited to the negotiations on Wednesday and the ministry hopes to choose the supplier for its most expensive contract yet by the onset of September.
Czech officials are gearing up for negotiations with European Commission representatives on how much money the Czech Republic may draw from EU regional development funds in 2021-2027 and what the funds may be used for. The talks are due to begin in a fortnight’s time and the Czech Republic is the first EU member state to undergo them.
Car-maker Škoda Auto has won a 780 million crown tender announced by the
Ministry of Finance to provide passenger cars to various state
institutions. The car manufacturer will provide over 1,370 vehicles to 10
ministries and subsidiary organisations. The Czech Republic’s prison
service has already received 30 Škoda Octavia models.
Škoda Auto had also won a 250 million tender to provide 4x4 drive passenger cars to the police, but the tender was cancelled by the country’s anti-monopoly office, which claimed its requirements unfairly favoured the Czech car-maker Auto against other bidders.
The Czech Republic’s taxation authority has excluded the Chinese company
Huawei from a public tender procedure for a CZK 500 million tax-filing
website, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Wednesday. The
Financial Administration took the decision on the basis of a command from
the National Cyber and Security Information Agency issued to 160
organisations key to the running of the country.
The agency last month warned of the dangers of using software or hardware from Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese company, and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš subsequently ordered the country’s most important public and private entities to review their usage of such products.
The planned website Moje daně should simplify the submission of tax returns and will handle sensitive data.
An internal audit within the state-owned agency CzechTourism has revealed
dozens of suspicious contracts, Czech Television reports. The audit was
triggered by a police raid in November at the Ministry of Regional
Development, which had numerous contracts with the agency.
It found that over 50 percent of funds were invested into just three regions of the country, and a fifth of the tenders were carried out by just four firms. Police are investigating Regional Development Minister Klára Dostálová and CzechTourism head Aleš Pangrác for possible fraud in this regard.
Prague’s na Bulovce hospital gave out contracts worth over CZK 800
million without a proper tender process in 2016 and 2017, according to a
Ministry of Health audit published on Monday. Controllers say the terms of
the contracts for orthopedic implants and medicines were especially
designed to ensure only one company, run by a man named Tomáš Horáček,
could win them.
The Ministry of Health has filed criminal charges in connection with the matter.
Mr. Horáček was indicted on suspicion of manipulating hospital contracts earlier this year. A former director of the Na Bulovce hospital, Andrea Vrbovská, is also facing charges.
The biggest contract in the modern history of the Czech Army will not be
awarded on the basis of a public tender process, Czech Television reported.
The Ministry of Defence intends to directly address potential suppliers of
over 200 mechanised infantry combat vehicles, the station said. The
contract should come in at a cost of CZK 53 billion.
An army spokesperson said there were few suppliers of such hardware and that it would consider offers from four producers that met its requirements. Military chiefs want the vehicles to be supplied by 2020.
The Czech Republic awarded 14,847 contracts worth a total of 198.7 billion
crowns in the first half of the year, an increase of about a third in value
in annual terms, according to CEEC Research data.
The largest single tender, worth 14 billion crowns, was commissioned by Čepro in January for the supply of specific types of oil by rail. Construction and infrastructure contracts, as usual, made up the lion’s share of tenders.