Serbia will pay 62 million euro, VAT included, for three electric trains that can travel at a speed of 200 km/h.
The Swiss company, Stadler, was the only bidder following the launch of a public procurement process by the Serbian Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure in early February, and the contract was awarded last Monday, according to the Public Procurement Portal.
The estimated value of the contract was 5 billion dinars (VAT not included) or 6 billion dinars with VAT. The contract was awarded at a higher price of 1.09 billion dinars without VAT, which when added to the tax comes to 11 million euro more than originally planned for the purchase of the three trains that can reach a speed of up to 200 kilometres per hour, planned to be used on the Belgrade – Novi Sad route.
The decision on the awarding of the contract states that the Ministry may accept a bid with a higher price than the estimated value of the public contract, which is provided for in the Law on Public Procurement.
According to the Ministry’s explanation, the Swiss company included additional costs in the price of the train: modifications on the train, translation of the relevant documentation, special tools, training, testing and approval costs, software, as well as maintenance under warranty.
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