FRANKFURT, July 15 European engineering firms
Siemens and Alstom are cooperating with
Brazilian authorities investigating anti-competitive practices
in relation to a major rail tender, the companies said on
Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Sunday,
citing no sources, that Germany's Siemens had notified Brazilian
antitrust authorities of the existence of a cartel, in which it
took part, related to bidding for the purchase of railway
equipment and the construction and maintenance of railway lines.
Siemens said it was aware of the investigation and was
cooperating fully with Brazilian authorities but did not say
whether and how it was involved in the matter.
"Siemens' code of conduct emphasizes the importance of fair
competition and obligates all employees to comply with antitrust
regulations," the company said in an e-mailed statement on
"Siemens fully cooperates with the authorities."
Folha said the cartel included France's Alstom, Canada's
Bombardier, Spain's CAF and Japan's Mitsui
, the leading candidates to win a contract for a
high-speed train between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
The Brazilian government said late last year that the winner
of the contract will have to invest 7.7 billion reais ($3.40
billion), offer economy class tickets of no more than 200 reais
and guarantee that trains cover the 260 miles (420 km) between
Rio and Sao Paulo in no more than 99 minutes.
A spokeswoman for Alstom said the company had received a
request for documents from Brazil's Council for Economic Defence
(CADE) last week relating to competition.
"We have provided these documents and we are cooperating
with the authorities," she said.
CAF declined to comment. Bombardier and Mitsui were not
According to Folha, the auction to pick an operator for the
new train line is due to take place next month.