SMM Legal has advised the Polish National Centre for Science and Research on the first project designed to boost the development of the electric transportation sector in Poland. The total value of the project is PLN 2 billion.
The NCRD, together with local authorities from 26 Polish cities, including Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Lublin, Rzeszow, and Wroclaw, announced a call for bids to develop and deliver emission-free public transportation vehicles within an innovative partnership procedure.
On April 4, 2018, the National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) reported that nine contractors had submitted their bids in response to a call announced in the emission-free Public Transportation Program. The placement of bids closed the first stage of NCRD activity.
According to SMM Legal, the bidders awarded the contract will launch research and development exercises to find a specific solution to a practical problem. On the basis of a multi-step selection procedure, the best solution will be selected and subsequently applied in the vehicles delivered to local authorities and municipal companies.
SMM Legal reports that the purpose of the emission-free public transportation program is to intensify the implementation of state-of-the-art solutions in urban transportation. Its goal is to contribute to the attainment of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Sustainable Development Strategy, both of which list low-emission economy, transport modernization, and the promotion of energy effectiveness among their top priorities. The program marks the launch of the NCRD’s new approach to innovative policy and public contracts. The authority ceases to be a passive client in order to actively engage with businesses and exert its influence on the market with the aim of pursuing its strategic objectives. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a flywheel for innovative activity in the public transportation sector.
The SMM Legal team consisted of Partner Monika Adamczak, Senior Associates Mateusz Stanczyk, Malgorzata Golynska-Minkiewicz, and Associate Magdalena Cisowska.