Bulgaria's competition regulator said it opened on Monday proceedings into an 8.45 million euro ($9.3 million) tender for the selection of owner's engineer for the Greece-Bulgaria natural gas interconnector, following a complaint by local company Fruta - BV.
Initially, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) said the complaint was not in line with legal requirements as Fruta - BV had not provided a mobile number and email for contact, and had not paid the necessary fee of 4,500 levs, according to files published on the regulator's website.
Fruta - BV had to provide the missing information and pay the fee by July 1.
The tender procedure will remain suspended until CPC either rejects the request or issues a final decision on the complaint in favour of ICGB.
Pernik-based Fruta - BV was established in December with a registered capital of 50 levs, according to data from the Bulgarian commercial register. The company is solely owned by private investor Vladimir Georgiev.