One bidder, GMR Airports from India or the consortium of TAB and Aeroports de Paris (AdP) will have to withdraw from the race for airports Podgorica and Tivat, several sources have confirmed for Dan.
The reason is that AdP bought 49% of GMR for EUR 1.34 billion several days ago.
This violates the terms of the pre-qualification tender, which say that no potential bidder can file for pre-qualification if they own more than a 5% stake in another bidder. This transaction was realized after the pre-qualification tender, but also pertains to the further tendering procedure, the daily writes.
The Ministry of Transport has not yet answered Dan's question whether the French or the Indian company is to withdraw from the further concession procedure or the ministry, that is, the government, will disqualify them due to the violation of the terms of the pre-qualification tender, which saw seven bidders apply.
Of the seven bidders, the government shortlisted TAB/AdP, GMR, Incheon Airport (South Korea) and Corporacion America Airports (Luxembourg).
They need to submit bids at a tender which has not yet opened, despite the announcement made by the transport minister, Osman Nurkovic, that it would be done in the first week of February.