The Nis-Merdare highway is being built, and a contractor has been selected

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The group of bidders, consisting of Strabag AG Austria and Strabag doo Belgrade, will be in charge of the construction of the first phase of the Nis-Merdare highway section.

It is about the construction of a 5.5-kilometer section that connects Merošine to Beloljina (Niš-Plocnik).

Strabag will be responsible for the construction of the second road, as well as for the reconstruction of the existing 5.1 km between the Merošina loop and the Merošina 1 loop, which will consist of bridges, overpasses, culverts, local roads and other related works.

The total value of the procurement (excluding VAT) is around EUR 22.5 million, according to the notice published by Corridors of Serbia as the client.

This is about EUR 2 million more than the first estimate of the value of the works, which amounted to EUR 20.6 million (excluding VAT).

According to the statement, the price was the deciding factor in awarding the contract, and eight bidders applied for the tender in March.

The contract was awarded without a public invitation, based on exceptions from the application of the Law on Public Procurement, because, as indicated, it is a procurement of works performed in accordance with the Procurement Guide for projects financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The reason, as revealed by Bojana Stojadinović, in charge of public procurement on the Corridors of Serbia, is that the tender was not published on the Public Procurement Portal, but only on the Corridor’s website as the contracting authority and on the website of the Official Gazette of the EU.

According to her, this is an exception to the application of the Law on Public Procurement because the works are financed by foreign organizations with their own procedures and norms, which must be harmonized in the tender documentation. The public procurement portal was not approved by the EIB as the main financier of the project and the bank does not have access to it, and therefore the tender could not be published there and therefore the notice of voluntary transparency states that there was no public call.

The first phase of the highway, which leads from Nis to Beloljin and is 37.4 kilometers long, will be paid with credit money and investment grants made available to Serbia by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank.

The EBRD loan is € 85 million, the EIB loan is worth € 100 million, and the EIB grant is € 40.6 million (WBIF).

For the last three sections of the highway from Nis to Beloljin, activities on the preparation of project-technical and tender documentation have been intensified, as they stated earlier in the Corridors of Serbia, and faster publication of public invitations is planned.

According to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, construction of the first section of the Nis-Plocnik road begins in late September, when the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Layen comes to Serbia.

Source: – VESTI by

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