2019.07.05 17:30

National Stadium gets a go-ahead; court lets Vilnius sign concession deal with Axis

BNS 2019.07.05 17:30

The Lithuanian Court of Appeal has allowed the Vilnius authorities to sign a national stadium concession agreement with Axis Industries, part of the Icor Group, which won the tender.

The court ruled on Friday that the Vilnius authorities reasonably eliminated Vilniaus Nacionalinis Stadionas (VNS) from the competition, thus rejected latter's appeal and upholding the April ruling of Vilnius Regional Court.

The court also lifted the existing interim measures.

VNS had asked the court to abolish the Vilnius authorities' decision to reject its preliminary offer and not to invite it to take part in next stages of procurement, and make the authorities assess its offer.

In late February, the Vilnius City Council backed the 79.9m euro deal with Axis Industries, but the interim measures were introduced by the court that prevented them from signing the contract.

The tender VNS was disqualified from the concession process by the tender commission for the second time in late January, due to insufficient qualification and alleged false information.

According to the Vilnius authorities, VNS failed to provide evidence on whether the company or its partners were capable of ensuring successful implementation of the project, and therefore, was misleading the tender commission and experts.

Under the plan, the state will invest 36.5m euros into the stadium project, EU support will amount to 33.5m euros, and the Vilnius municipality will invest 2.96m euros.

Attempts to build an international-standard stadium in the capital's Šeškinė area have been made since 1987. The last attempt to resume its construction was made in 2008, but had to be halted as the funding was discontinued.