According to the statements by Serbia’s authorities, the job on constructing the Belgrade Metro will include companies from China and France, what violates the Law on Public Procurements and the Public-Private Partnership Law, the Transparency Serbia (TS) said on Tuesday.
TS recalled that two members of Serbia’s Government and the Belgrade Deputy Mayor had a meeting on Monday with the delegations from two French companies, Egis and Alstom, with the Belgrade Metro project on the agenda, as a part of the President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia.
“Everything published so far… points at mixed roles. Serbia and Belgrade should know in advance what they need and then look for the contractors, but instead it seems that even the subject of the job have been discussed about,” TS said in a statement.
It added that a plan for metro lines was changed to suit the needs of an investor of a current and several future projects, “instead of first finding a solution for the transport problems the commuters have.”
The statement said the fact that the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic announced that the French and Chinese companies would bring new technologies to this projects, meant the decision on who would get the job was already made.
However, Mihajlovic said that the most important thing was to secure the financial structure for the project, which suggested that the money for the metro was still not allocated.
TS said it asked the Government to clarify the deal with the Chinese partners regarding the Belgrade Metro project, but the answer was that the issue was a business secret and that the Chinese side did not agree to publish it.