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Why can’t CAF and Pasažieru vilciens reach an agreement?

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Representatives of the Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliares de Ferrocarriles S.A. (CAF), who threatened to turn to the Stockholm Court, and still publicly announced during the September 26 Saeima National Economy, agriculture environment and regional policy Commission’s meeting that they have not received any proposals from Pasažieru vilciens (PV) on how to amend the five points of the April 2 signed contract, are, most likely, bluffing.

According to the information from Pietiek.com portal, the letter containing the offer to agree on ‘the five identified contract points that contain differences between the signed contract and the submitted contract amendments’ was sent by PV on July 31.

CAF is yet to give an official response to the PV proposed amendments. Meanwhile, CAF representatives mentioned in several informal discussions that the PV offered amendments are not acceptable, because ‘the offered amendments reduce the project’s clean value by ten million EUR’.

According to the portal’s information, PV offered the Spanish company five amendments to the April contract on July 31.

On Wednesday, September 26, Transport Ministry’s Secretary of State Anrijs Matis commented the fact that there are five amendable points in the April 2 contract.

The contract with CAF was signed on April 2, Nils Freivalds, then the Chairman of PV and of the ‘sons’ of ex-politician Ainars Slesers, signed on behalf of PV. Shortly after the signing of the contract it was revealed that Freivalds agreed with several CAF requirements that did not adhere to the government’s position. Freivalds lost his post in spring.

It is unofficially stated that CAF’s goals are explained with an interest to make sure the government signs the agreement approved six months age, the total value of which is near 500 million LVL. CAF’s potential partner, RVR, is interested for this goal to be reached.

According to the data from Lursoft, 67% of RVR shares belong to a Cyprus registered firm – Mysea Enterprises Ltd. Unofficially, the rights of an actual beneficiary are being linked to the interests of both the Russain billionaire Vladimir Antonov and Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs.

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