Firms in French speaking areas fail to win federal contracts

Questions are being raised if the French speaking regions of the country are being discriminated against when the vast majority of contracts for road building programmes are being given to companies based in German speaking areas.

A Liberal Party member of the National Council, Olivier Feller, who sits on the Transport Commission, points out that French speaking people make up 25% of the population, but companies based in those areas only win 10% of the contracts.

Daniel Starrenberger, who used to lead the Geneva Society of Engineers and Architects, told the Tribune de Genève that bids put together in German is an advantage.

The Federal Roads Office failed to answer the newspaper’s question directly – simply saying the offer that provides best value for money wins. 

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