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Lembergs decides in favour of 717 588 LVL contract with his family’s company

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Aivars Lembergs

On November 14, a decision was made during a meeting of the Management Board of Ventspils free port to authorize the administration of the port to sign a 717 588 LVL worth contract with Baltimar VT regarding diesel fuel supply to the port’s ships. Aivars Lembergs also participated in decision making, even though there are two of his family members among the company’s owners – his son Anrijs Lembergs and son-in-law Janis Austrins.

Lembergs, as a member of the Board of the port, participated in the decision making process and, as confirmed by several members of the Board to Pietiek, asked it not to be stated in the protocol whether or not he participated in the vote or abstained, so that the Law on the Prevention of Conflict of Interests would not be violated.

Conditions, under which SIA Sumata, which previously carried out large scale contracts for Ventspils port, declined from continuing cooperation, are still unclear. The firm’s Financial Director refused giving any comments in regard to the decision to refuse the 700 thousand LVL worth contract, leaving doubts about the real motives. This company is one of the largest fuel traders in Kurzeme, and its function depends on Lemberg’s led municipality’s decisions.

The decision to allow Ventspils Free port to sign an agreement with the open tender winner SIA Sumata was made by the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (PMB) on September 19; the contract’s estimated worth was 797 136 LVL. After the firm suddenly refused the contract, PMB made the decision to sign the contract with Baltimar VT for 171 588 LVL on November 6.

According to the Chief of Ventspils port administration Imants Sarmulis, Sumata’s only explanation was that the firm will not be able to complete its obligations.

On November 14, Ventspils Free port was to make a decision to cancel October’s decision and authorize the administration to sign a tender with the next candidate – SIA Baltimar VT. Information that this firm’s capital shares belong to a present member of the Board and his son and son-in-law was not voiced during the meeting. Girst Kronbergs, representative of the Environment protection and Regional Development Ministry, told the portal that he was not even aware of this fact. When asked if all members of the Board participated in the vote, Transport Ministry’s representative Anrijs Matiss confirmed it.

Sarmulis was more careful – he said that he would need to look at the protocol in order to say whether Lembergs participated in the vote. The portal learned from state representatives in the Board that the November 14 protocols are yet to be submitted for approval, even though the deadline has passed. Electronic copies of the meeting’s protocols comply with what happened during the meeting.

17.42% of SIA Baltimar VT shares belong to the Lembergs family – Anrijs Lembergs and Aivars Lembergs’ son in law both own 8.71%. In accordance with Riga Regional Court’s June 22, 2007 decision, an arrest was issued on Anrijs Lembergs’ shares in SIA Baltimar VT in relation to the so called Lembergs’ case, this decision was then cancelled in June 2010. Until 2005, nearly 17.35% of Baltimar VT shares belonged to Lembergs. At the time, until 2007, there were indirect owners of Baltimar VT, mostly among Lembergs’ companions – Berkis, Skoks and Shevtsov.

It should be added that Sumata competed with Baltimar this summer as well in regard to a much smaller tender. There was also a complaint submitted to PMB. As a result, Baltimar VT, not Sumata, received rights to supply 120 000 LVL worth of fuel to military ships in Kurzeme, according to information from PMB’s database.

The Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interests prevents officials from carrying out their duties in transactions in which their relatives’ and partners’ interests are involved.

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