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EC may suspend CRRC from Bulgarian tender for 20 push-pull trains

26 February 2024
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The Siemens Desiro EMUs at a depot in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
The Siemens Desiro EMUs at a depot in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Source: Ivan Abrams/flickr
Ivolgina Anna, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Stolchnev Alexey, Russian Projects Editor, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Bulgaria: The Chinese train maker is the target of an investigation by the European Commission, the results of which are due to be published by 2 July.

The investigation follows a notification submitted by CRRC in January of its intention to participate in the EU-funded tender.

Under Foreign Subsidies Regulation 2023, every company is obliged to notify its public tenders in the EU when the estimated value of the contract exceeds €250 mln and when the company received at least €4 mln in foreign financial contributions from non-EU countries in the last three years.

According to the European Commission, CRRC presents “sufficient indications” that it was granted a foreign subsidy that allowed it to submit the lowest bid. If the investigation proves the case, the company will be excluded from the procurement.

CRRC’s €310 mln offer was twice lower than Talgo’s €622 mln bid. Following these two bids, the 2023 tender was cancelled and re-announced in January.

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