Analysis on Czech Purchase of Austrian APCs Made by DLA Weiss-Tessbach, Not PwC

31. Juli 2006, 00:00

The legal analysis on the basis of which the Czech Defence Ministry signed a contract for armoured personal carriers...

The legal analysis on the basis of which the Czech Defence Ministry signed a contract for armoured personal carriers (APC) with the Austrian Steyr company was prepared by the Austrian office DLA Weiss-Tessbach.

This contravenes the claims of Defence Minister Karel Kuehnl (Freedom Union-DEU), who to this date argued the analysis was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers company, which his office officially hired as consultant on this military order in 2004.

A week after the contract with Steyr was signed, the Austrian DLA Weiss-Tessbach company published on its website in German and English that it had participated in the most extensive military tender in Czech history.

However, the Defence Ministry says that PricewaterhouseCoopers has probably directly hired Austrian lawyers, Iva Ruskovska from the ministry´ press section said.

The Defence Ministry launched a tender for new personal carriers last spring. Seven bidders participated in it. Steyr from the U.S. consortium General Dynamics and the Finnish company Patria offering AMVs advanced to the final round.

The Finnish company allegedly offered more upgraded carriers, while Steyr won with Pandurs over a lower price and extensive offset programmes.

Patria and another unsuccessful bidder, Iveco Fiat, then filed a number of complaints, which delayed the whole process.

Kuehnl signed the contract on the purchase of 199 APCs, the most expensive order in the Czech militarys history worth CZK 23.6 billion, only closely after the June 2-3 general election, in which his party completely failed.

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