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Dear Mr. Niculescu,

I would like to ask you whether FIDIC Conditions of Contract allow the cascade Sub-contracting.

Thank you.
Kind regards,

Enrico Odorisio

Dear Enrico,

Thank you for your question.

They definitely do not forbid that. Whatever goes between the Main Contractor / Sub-contractor / Sub-Sub-Sub .... - contractor has nothing to do with the Main Works Contract other than the fact that Main Contractor will be responsible for deeds of any such Sub .... Sub-contractor as if it would be under his direct sub-contracting

And, the Main Contractor must acquire approval for the Sub .... Sub-contractor just as for any of his direct Sub-contractors.

Hence, all sub...sub-contracting agreements, aside back-to-back conditions should somehow also include for that direct responsibility.

Nevertheless, mind you, local legislation or procurement rules may forbid such sub...sub-contracting, you need to check that too.

Hope that helps.

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