Portugal may be forced to return European funds for fire-fighting kits, according to Jornal de Notícias on Wednesday, August 31.
The way Foxtrot Aventura was commissioned to produce antifunction collars and protective kits violates public procurement law, according to JN.
Foxtrot was hired by the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) within the legal framework of the prior consultation, contained in the Public Procurement Code. But this figure always comes up as an exception and has to fulfill several criteria. worth less than 75,000 euros after a public tender has been deserted, and if it concerns a product with only one supplier, according to JN, who consulted legal experts.
Urgency should be the legal basis for hiring the company through this legal figure, but it can only be done “to the extent strictly necessary” and if there are “grounds of overriding urgency” as a result of “unforeseeable events”, according to Public Procurement Code.
Because it exceeds the legal limit and there is no basis for prior consultation, the expenditure will have been made irregularly. In this case, the investment cannot be financed via European funds, such as POSEUR, and the application may be canceled.