EC gets part of data on Areva´s exclusion from Temelin tender


06.01.2014 14:10

Brussels - The Czech side in December handed over to the EC part of the documents on the elimination of French firm Areva from the tender for the completion of nuke plant Temelin, the office of European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier answered to CTK´s question today.


Jaderná elektrárna Temelín, chladící věže. ČTK Štěrba Martin, Fotobanka ČTK

The EC asked for the documents one month ago due to its investigations of the circumstances of Areva´s elimination from the tender. EC experts are now analysing the documents.

"We have handed over to the EC on time those background documents that the government has in its power to submit," Czech ambassador to the EU Martin Povejsil confirmed without further details.

The Czech Republic, however, still claims that the EC has not the right to receive some of the documents that it demands, said another well-informed diplomat.

Czechs argue that, according to the European Court of Justice rules, the EC cannot have the right to access to confidential information in business relations.

After its exclusion from the tender, Areva turned to the EC which in the EU supervises the enforcement of economic competition rules. For deciding in the case, the EC wants to know the criteria by which Areva was eliminated.

At the beginning of November 2013, it therefore asked the Czech Republic for additional information concerning the tender and the decision on Areva.

The commission, as the Czech Radio reported, said it would launch proceedings over a breach of the duty of loyal cooperation against the Czech Republic. The proceedings might even lead to a complaint with the EU court.

Barnier´s spokeswoman Chantal Hughes stressed to journalists last year that the investigations were very preliminary that no proceedings were being led against the Czech Republic over a breach of European rules.

She also conceded, though, that the EC was leaving open the possibility of formal proceedings over the breach of European legislation if it arrived at the conclusion that such situation really occurred.

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