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International business manager of the Spanish Construcciones y Auxiliares de Ferrocariles (CAF) Hesus Esnaola Altuna will discuss the 600 million EUR worth train procurement contract with Latvian Transport Minister Aivis Ronis and several Saeima MPs this week.

According to the information from Diena, the Spanish businessmen have met with Chief of Saeima National Economy Commission Vyacheslav Dombrovskis, leader of Unity faction Dzintars Zakis, VL-TB/LNNK faction leader Einars Cilinskis, non-party deputy Viktor Valainis, as well as Foreign Investors Council leader Girts Greiskalns.

«We are open for discussions, we are always open to seek new solutions. Our work is manufacturing trains, we are ready to hear offers from Latvian sides and hope everything turns out alright. […] We have no rights to voice or comment the position of our Latvian partners. Nonetheless, our position is such – we are train manufacturers, we have a product that is needed in Latvia, its residents, a product that Latvian residents will like. We have the technology, we offer to bring it here, create new jobs. We are hoping everything turns out this way,»- said Altuna in an interview to Dienas Bizness. At the same time, however, he avoided commenting the contents of the contract or dispute raining points of the contract.

Nevertheless, while Altuna is certain cooperation with Latvia can be continued, Transport Ministry refused giving comments on the meeting. «Contact my bureau manager,»- said Transport Minister Aivis Ronis to Diena. Bureau manager Aivis Freidenfelds declined giving any and all related information about the meeting.

The strange behaviour of TM seems odd to another meeting participant – Rīgas Vagonbūves rūpnīcas (RVR) Chairman Valery Igaunis. He thought the meeting was «very positive». It seemed to him that it was possible to reduce any uncertainties between CAF and Latvia. The company directly responsible for the project – Pasažieru vilciens (PV)- found out about this meeting in Riga only from the media.

«CAF is trying to explain its position to Latvian politicians, and it seems to me that the Spaniards are very interested in seeking a compromise, because, according to CAF representative, they want to construct trains, not hire lawyers,»- said Dzintars Zakis after the meeting with CAF representative.

Diena newspaper notes that September is the deciding month in the train procurement project, because the contract between CAF and Latvian representatives expires on October 2. If the sides fail to reach an agreement, Latvia could face litigations from CAF.

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