Tetra | 2022-07-01

SIRESP Public Safety Communications Network Tender in Portugal 'Under Fire'

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

'Competition does not respect competition rules'

According to Sandra Perdigão Neves, former director of the Integrated System of Emergency and Security Networks in Portugal (SIRESP), the tender represents a direct award to only one Manufacturer, and can thus be challenged by the market, or even declared void, she reveals in an interview with the website Gri Digital.

The former president of SIRESP points the finger at the international public tender launched last week by the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI). According to Sandra Perdigão Neves, there is no doubt: This tender does not respect the competition rules and represents a direct award to one single manufacturer, thus being able to be challenged by the market, or even declared void, reveals in an interview with the Gri Digital website.

Regarding the deadlines, she guarantees that is impossible to comply with, and that plan B has to go through a new direct award to the old suppliers, contrary to the guidelines of ANACOM and the Court of Auditors. Sandra Perdigão Neves also says that the State will continue to be “hostage” to the main suppliers, since the tender does not guarantee the objective of passing the total management of SIRESP into the hands of the State.

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