Saturday, November 26

Competition fine with more than 200 million to the main construction companies for altering public tenders

The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has imposed fines for a total amount of 203.6 million euros to six of the main Spanish construction companies for having altered thousands of public tenders for building and civil works for 25 years of infrastructures.

The companies and sanctions imposed by Competition are Acciona (29.4 million), Dragados (57.1 million), FCC (40.4 million), Ferrovial (38.5 million), OHL (21.5 million) and Sacyr ( 16.7 million), as reported on Thursday by Competition in a statement.

The CNMC has explained that since 1992 these six companies met weekly and decided on the public contracts in which they were going to share technical work from their offers. In addition, they exchanged information about their strategy for presenting themselves to public tenders.

Among the thousands of affected tenders there are infrastructures of general interest such as hospitals, ports and airports and highways, according to the CNMC.

“These are practices whose effects have been especially harmful to society, since they affected thousands of tenders called by Spanish Public Administrations for the construction and building of infrastructures such as hospitals, ports and airports, roads, etc.”, emphasizes Competition.

Among the public administrations affected are basically those belonging to the field of development, including the Ministry of Development (current Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda) together with its dependent public business bodies and entities.