We are representing Bitė Lietuva in its request to the Public Procurement Office on the lawfulness of procurement of communication services and equipment, required for the NATO summit to be held in the summer, by the state-owned Litexpo exhibition and congress centre.
Procured from a single supplier
Litexpo, which at the end of last year chose Telia Lietuva through a negotiated procedure without publication and concluded a contract amounting to EUR 2.78 million, indicated in its public procurement report that the procedure chosen depended on the decisions of the government and had to be carried out with the utmost urgency.
The decision of the government was adopted in July last year. Therefore, assuming that reasonable preparations could have been made for this procurement since then and the selection of Telia Lietuva, an assessment is requested to identify whether the use of negotiated procedure without publication to procure from a single suplier was lawful.
Bitė Lietuva informed Litexpo that it could be a potential supplier for the procurement of services for the NATO Summit to be held in Vilnius. According to Gintas Butėnas, CEO of Bitė Lietuva, due to the decision of Litexpo to procure services from Telia Lietuva, the government will pay approximately EUR 0.94 million more – as Bitė Lietuva could have provided an offer that was cheaper by this amount.
The NATO summit in Vilnius will take place from 11 to 12 July and is expected to be attended by around 40 delegations from NATO members and partners, with an estimated attendance of around 5,000 people. Litexpo is the organiser of one of the meetings at the summit..