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11 Dec 2013

Construction sector still worried about public procurement practice in Poland

Polish engineers and contractors continue to be concerned about the procurement rules and practices in the country despite recent changes in the procurement regulations and contract conditions.

Following the fourth meeting of their joint Working Group Poland in Warsaw on 11 December, EIC and FIEC therefore once again urge the Polish government and contracting authorities to award public contracts on the criterion of the most economically advantageous tender, as foreseen in the new EU Procurement Directives, and to stop their current policy of shifting construction risk solely
on to the industry.

The Polish construction sector is ready to start an in-depth discussion with the new Minister for Transport and Development, Ms. Elzbieta Bienkowska, in order to find quick solutions for the current problems as well as ways to improve the efficiency of infrastructure project management in the long-term.

The ambassadors of Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal in Warsaw, who sent a public letter to the Polish government in June 2013 in order to draw broader attention to the situation, were recently informed that they will be invited for a meeting with government representatives in early 2014 to discuss the matter further.

The letter was initiated by the EIC/FIEC Working Group, whose members underlined the importance of continuing the regular exchange of opinion on the response to contractors' concerns by GDDKiA and the Polish governments well as keeping in touch with the embassies ahead of the their government meeting.

In Poland, a combination of poorly prepared tenders and unfairly modified FIDIC contract conditions, which do not comply with international standards, has resulted in low efficiency of the national construction investment programmes and low socio-economic value. This in turn has led to massive litigation, bankruptcies and a loss of jobs in the construction sector.

The latest meeting of the Working Group was attended by representatives of 15 contractors active in the Polish market. 


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