Description: The project consisted in the extension of the metro line in the capital city. Prior to this construction, there was only one metro line serving several districts located across the river, which divides the city. The extension planned was 7.4 km long and included 10 stops. Today this automated and driverless metro line provides transport for over 400,000 people every day. A grant agreement was signed between the Beneficiary and the National Development Agency in late 2008, and in late 2009, the EC approved the project and was included in the 2007-2013 programming period representing one of the period’s largest projects.
Case study category: Conflict of interest
ESI Fund(s) concerned: Cohesion Fund (and EIB loans)
- Conflict of interest
- Breach of Principle of non-discrimination and equal treatment of bidders
Reporting mechanism: OLAF held several operational meetings, corresponding with different judicial authorities. This included the Eurojust Coordination Meeting. Audits were carried out by different national authorities, including the Managing Authority, which commissioned an independent expert, the Government Audit Office and the State Court of Auditors.
IMS reporting: Yes