This week the former CEO of Netherlands Railways (NS) is facing charges of possible involvement in fraud during a tender for public transport in Limburg. In 2015 the NS was accused of deliberately putting a competitor, transport company Veolia, in a disadvantaged position so that they could win the contract. The then CEO had to resign because of the affair, and Arriva eventually won the contract. Fines were attributed to NS back in June to the tune of €41m for submitting a loss-making bid thereby preventing other bidders from making a better offer, among other things, such as accessing confidential information which had been obtained by a former managing director of Veolia Transport Nederland, which was the incumbent operator in Limburg at that time. The Court of Justice in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is investigating his non intervention in corruption, fraud, forgery, and leaking confidential commercial information during the tendering of regional rail and bus services to gain unfair advantage. Yesterday at court he denied, as the senior man in the company, that he was aware of these fraudulent. There’s more information on OvPro (requires translation).

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