TAIPED re­jects Rus­sian take on Train­ose ten­der process

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - VAN­GE­LIS MANDRAVELIS

Pri­va­ti­za­tion fund (TAIPED) Pres­i­dent Ster­gios Pit­sior­las re­sponded promptly to a chal­lenge from the head of Rus­sian Rail­ways, Oleg Beloze­rov, re­gard­ing the sale process for rail­way op­er­a­tor Train­ose, re­fut­ing the Rus­sian of­fi­cial’s ac­cu­sa­tions about a poor sup­ply of in­for­ma­tion.

A few days af­ter the com­ple­tion of the ten­der for Train­ose, Beloze­rov told the In­ter­fax news agency in Russia that his com­pany did not re­ceive equal treat­ment dur­ing the ten­der and that TAIPED de­prived the Rus­sian Rail­ways of the chance to have an in-depth picture of Train­ose. He also claimed that win­ning bid­der Tren­i­talia re­ceived fa­vor­able treat­ment and added that with­out Train­ose, the Rus­sians do not have a se­ri­ous in­ter­est in Thes­sa­loniki Port Au­thor­ity (OLTH) any­more.

Pit­sior­las re­sponded in a let­ter to Beloze­rov, speak­ing of “in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion” about the two Train­ose ten­ders. He in­sisted that the Rus­sian com­pany had full ac­cess to data since the first ten­der in 2013, and a full picture of the scope and lim­i­ta­tions of the two pro­ce­dures.

The TAIPED head also stressed that Rus­sian Rail­ways was fully aware that the process for the sale of OLTH was com­pletely sep­a­rate to that for Train­ose or rail­way car­riage main­te­nance com­pany Rosco, so they could not form the pack­age of one process as that would vi­o­late the Euro­pean leg­is­la­tion.

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