NEWS: EC to re-tender huge economic reform campaign

The European Commission is poised to re-tender its 2.2 million ecu a year PR contract aimed at promoting economic reform and democratisation in the former Soviet Union.

The European Commission is poised to re-tender its 2.2 million ecu a

year PR contract aimed at promoting economic reform and democratisation

in the former Soviet Union.



The PR contract for the TACIS programme (trade and technical assistance

to the Confederation of Independent States) has been with the Rowland

Company’s Brussels office for the past three years. The contract ends

early next month.



A commission spokesman said the new three-year contract would be put out

to open tender and advertised in the Official Journal of the European

Communities, although she could not give a specific time frame.



With a 520 million ecu budget in 1996, the TACIS programme is designed

to support the transfer to democracy and a market economy of the new

independent states of the former Soviet Union.



The department runs a similar programme targeting the countries of

central Europe, known as Phare, with the aim of helping them in their

bid to join the EU. PR for this programme is also run by Rowland,

although Rowland MD Stephanie Molyneux said she expected this would also

come up for re-tender before the end of November.



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