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Federal justice ministry urges Infraero to speed up airport tenders (Brazil)

Brazil's federal justice ministry (MPF) has asked national airport authority Infraero to speed up tender processes aimed at preparing the country's airports for the 2014 World Cup.

Given that many planned airport expansions announced in 2007 have yet to be carried out, MPF is concerned that Infraero will invoke emergency clauses allowing it to assign work without tenders, government news service Agência Brasil reported.

The current situation has already been questioned by federal audit court TCU, which has said insufficient planning is no excuse to carry out work under emergency conditions.

MPF has told Infraero that all its procedures must follow procurement law 8.666/93. The airport authority has 30 days to respond to the request, according to the report.

Infraero plans to invest 5.6bn reais (US$3.38bn) on updating Brazil's airports in preparation for the upcoming sporting event.

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