The RCC has recently started an investigation into potential bid-rigging by two public tenders organised by Transelectrica, the national power grid company, in connection to the upgrading and refurbishment of the power grid. According to the RCC representatives, during the two tenders held by Transelectrica, the winning participant after the electronic bidding stage intentionally either failed to answer or provided incomplete answers to requests of the contracting authority, and was thus disqualified. The contract was consequently granted to the second ranked bidder, for a significantly higher price.

The investigation was initiated following information provided by Transelectrica, which is not under investigation, and targets four companies, ELM Electromontaj Cluj, Energobit, Energotech and Smart, a subsidiary of Transelectrica.

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