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Highway PPPs in Slovakia

The Slovak government has reached a decision to construct 150 km of highway until the end 2010 (excluding tunnels). The size of the investment is expected to reach 3.2 billion EUR.

After long discussions and a reluctance to implement PPPs the government has opted for this alternative to finalize remaining sections of D1, the highway connecting the capital with the second largest city Kosice in Eastern Slovakia and of the motorway R1.

As far as the PPP construction is concerned the state should carry all demand risks, learning from the experience with highway PPPs in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Mr. Lubomir Vazny, Minister of Transport of Slovakia, announced that the tender is prepared, the prior information notice should be published on 27 September and the tender itself should follow in one week time.

25 September was the term for publishing the tender for electronic toll collection.

Source: European PPP Center

EBRD Publication on PPPs: Law in Transition 2007

For those, who are interested in the development of PPPs in Russia this EBRD publication may give a thourough and interesting overview.

The publication looks at the legal framework and the general environment for PPPs in transition countries, providing views on what has worked well and what has gone wrong. The articles also consider the prospects for PPP development, while cautioning against overly optimistic conclusions. Indeed, each PPP project should be assessed on its own merits and implementation of foreign experience is not a guarantee of domestic success.

The section begins with an article by Alexei Zverev, EBRD Senior Counsel, and Milica Zatezalo, of the law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. They analyse the results of the 2006 EBRD Legal Indicator Survey which focused on how concessions laws work in practice. The article discusses the differences and similarities of the various countries' regimes based on a case study and illustrates their findings with a rich spectrum of charts and graphs.

François Gaudet, EBRD Principal Banker, looks at PPPs from a banker’s perspective and presents the EBRD’s financing experience in the field.

Geoffrey Hamilton of the UNECE provides an outlook on PPPs from the point of view of a global organisation, while Peter Snelson of Atkins Ltd. offers his experience of handling projects in Central and Eastern Europe as a private sector consultant.

The focus section concludes with an article by Christopher Clement-Davies of the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski, examining how legal theory and project practice can be combined to help identify the key issues in implementing PPPs.

The full report can be downloaded at: http://www.ebrd.com/pubs/legal/lit071.pdf

Source: EBRD

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