The Court of First Instance (CFI) has annulled an award by the European Parliament (Parliament) of a car transport contract following a challenge by a rejected bidder (in Case T-89/07). In September 2006, the Parliament made a call for tender for chauffeured transport services. Under the terms of the tender, the contract was to be awarded to the most advantageous tender in accordance with five specified criteria. One of the award criteria was "price" which accounted for 55% of the overall evaluation of the tender. In January 2007, the Parliament awarded the contract and advised the plaintiff, VIP Car Solutions (VIP), that although the price bid was lower than the successful tenderer, it had scored lower marks for the overall tender but did not provide any further details. VIP successfully took a claim before the CFI on the basis that the Parliament had failed to provide VIP with sufficient information for it to determine why its tender was not selected. Despite finding in favour of VIP, the CFI rejected VIP's claim for damages.
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