Lisbon City Council has been investigated by a Portuguese newspaper for the direct award of a €5.179.873,44 public works project to one of the largest construction companies in the country. The contract is for the repair of the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, one of the city’s scenic viewpoints, which is alleged to be in risk of collapse. Dr Pedro Telles has picked up on the story (here in Portuguese) and examines why, as the Council claims, the works needed to be completed with such urgency that a direct award was justified. “Needless to say, this is an exceptional use of direct award and the material justification is supposed to reflect such exceptionality. Herein lies part of the problem: that specific reason to use the direct award procedure does not appear to comply with the requirements for its use,” he says. Read his full post here.

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