(Updated) Acer announced that it is considering legal measures against the Portuguese State following the results of the public tender for the purchase of computers desktop for schools.
The manufacturer accuses the State of lack of transparency in the process and guarantees that its proposal fulfilled all the technical requirements requested for a value of 15 million euros less than the winning proposal, the proposal by HP. It also accuses the State of having kept HP in the contest, without having met all the requirements.
«The big question is whether it is acceptable in this period of crisis, the Portuguese government to spend public funds unnecessarily, when it has a proposal that meets all the technical requirements at significantly lower prices», defends the manufacturer.
Acer is thus «considering whether to take legal action against the Portuguese government either in Portugal or in Brussels».
Contacted by TeK, the Office of the Technological Plan for Education confirms the award of the tender to Hewlett Packard (HP), which had not yet been released to the press. In view of the question raised by ACER, a source from the office, only TeK said that «after the formal evaluation phase has been concluded, the jury considered that the proposal put forward by HP was the one that best met the requirements foreseen in the competition in question».
Editor’s Note: [18:32] The news was updated with information collected in the meantime from the Office of the Technological Plan for Education.