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Budapest council to spend over one billion forints on 7,000 LED lights for public lighting

Budapest council to spend over one billion forints on 7,000 LED lights for public lighting

The Budapest assembly of on Wednesday approved a decision to spend over one billion forints (EUR 3.3) on purchasing 7,000 LED lights for public lighting.

Under the decision, passed with 24 votes in favour and with 5 abstentions, a public procurement bid will be announced to select a supplier.

The opposition Jobbik party, however, said that approved amount was one-and-a-half times the market price.

Marcell Tokody, a Budapest representative of Jobbik, told a news conference ahead of a meeting of the city assembly on Wednesday that Jobbik had sought several offers for public lighting, and the best-quality and most expensive lamps on the market were less then two-thirds of the price of those to be procured by the city.

“This wouldn’t be the first time that a ‘directed public procurement’ would amount to a costly but poor upgrade of public lighting,” he said, adding that it would make sense for the assembly first to obtain price offers before publishing the tender.

Source: MTI

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