In your article 'Alpine Rail Bonanza ahead'(NCE 11 March) you quoted a representative of the Austrian Transport Ministry as saying the key to British firms getting on the tender list was 'to have an Austrian partner'.
Now that Austria is a member of the European Union, British firms ought to have unrestricted access to the Austrian construction market. Surely a requirement to have an Austrian partner is anti-competitive?
I am sure there are many good reasons for British firms to form partnerships with experienced Austrian firms, but it should not be a prerequisite for getting on the tender list.
CJ Polack (M), 25 Wigginton Road, York YO3 31 8HJ