In a report, the Court of Audit criticized the award of the public contract for the new Mons station to the office of architect Santiago Calatrava. That writes Le Soir on Wednesday.
According to the Court of Audit, the material acts are in accordance with the law on public procurement, but the principle of equal treatment of candidates has not been respected. The eventual winner thus gained an advantage that should have resulted in him being excluded.
For example, Calatrava’s office was already asked in 2004 to make drawings and a model as part of a feasibility study. Those designs were resubmitted, but were therefore known and recognizable while anonymity had to be guaranteed. The report also denounces the lack of documentation of the project.
The Court of Audit’s report comes after a resolution that the French-speaking Greens had tabled in parliament. In a response, the Greens denounced the “indecent and even obscene mismanagement”, which they believe has led to an additional cost of 332 million euros and which for years has had a negative impact on investments in improving the quality of the network and on reception and accessibility. from the stations. The Greens therefore announce that they want to submit a new proposal for a resolution in which they ask the top of the NMBS to come and give an explanation in parliament.
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