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Internal Market: Parking contract in Kristiansand may be in breach of EEA rules




The EFTA Surveillance Authority is concerned that the Municipality of Kristiansand may have breached EEA rules on public procurement when awarding a contract for the construction and the operation of an underground parking.

In the Authority's view, the Municipality has incorrectly classified the public contract in question as a “service concession”. As a result, the Authority considers the tender procedure not to be in line with the public procurement rules applicable to this kind of project.

More specifically, the Authority considers that the Municipality of Kristiansand has (1) failed to publish a contract notice EEA-wide in the Official Journal of the European Union and the TED database, (2) not respected the minimum time limit for the submission of applications in an award procedure, and (3) incorrectly described the subject matter of the public contract by failing to use the correct, or at any rate a complete and sufficiently precise set of CPV codes. CPV codes are standardised references used to describe the subject of procurement contracts irrespective of language.

A letter of formal notice is the first step in an infringement procedure against an EEA State. The Norwegian Government has two months to express its views on the content of the letter. After that, the EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to deliver a reasoned opinion, which is the final step before the Authority can choose to refer the case to the EFTA Court.




For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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