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To: Brian Murphy who wrote (46)4/7/1997 1:58:00 PM
From: Brian Murphy   of 60
 
And a little more....
Monday April 7 10:28 AM EDT

Czech DefMin rejects Unisys( Unisys Corp ) tender
appeal

PRAGUE, April 7 (Reuter) - Czech Defence Minister Miloslav Vyborny on Monday said
he had rejected all appeals launched by Unisys Corp over the final results of a tender
awarded to a consortium led by Electronic Data Systems Inc and Digital Equipment
Corp .

Vyborny said he believed last month's decision to award a 1.3 billion crown
information systems contract to the EDS-Digital group was proper, even though
Unisys had placed first in rankings of bidders made by a commission set up to
evaluate the bids.

"Not even one of the appeals did I accept. I still believe my decision (to choose
EDS-Digital) was correct," he told a news conference. He added that Unisys has the
right to appeal to the Economic Competition Office if it desired.

In announcing its decision to appeal, Unisys said the EDS bid did not cover all the
components which were required.

Unisys won an original four billion crown supply tender last August. But the tender was
later cancelled when Czech competition authorities found irregularities in the process.

Vyborny said after the second tender that a commission set up to evaluate binds in the
latest tender had actually put Unisys narrowly ahead of EDS-Digital. But the ministry
had decided to ignore its recommendation due to the consortium's lower price and
greater experience.

Unisys said it was suspicious that the original tender was abolished and rankings
were changed when it won again.

Unisys officials were not immediately available for comment on Vyborny's decision on
Monday.

Unisys said upon its first appeal to Vyborny that it would proceed to the Economic
Competition Office, and possibly to the police if necessary.

A number of other Czech military tenders have been marked by controversy,
sometimes including allegations of graft.

Installation of the staff information system is a large step on the Czech army's path to
compatibility with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's military command.

NATO leaders will decide in July which former communist countries will be invited to
join the alliance. The Czech Republic is a front runner along with Poland and Hungary.

-- Prague Newsroom, 420-2-2423-0003
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