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Riga Free port suffers a heavy blow at the Administrative Court

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Leonid Loginov

Management of Riga Free port, led by Leonid Loginov, has suffered a heavy blow at the Administrative Court. Even though previously it tried to squeeze out PKL Flote’s tugboats out of the Free port, the court has given the management an order to ensure, within one month of the decision becoming in force, that PKL Flote acquires a five-year certificate to offer tugboat services at Riga Free port without applying the free zone regime.

As it is known, the argument broke out when Andris Ameriks’ led Riga Free port management and Loginov’s led Freeport management practically threw out the port’s tug company PKL Flote, which was competing with the Free port’s own tugboats.

Until 2010, PKL Flote offered tugboat services at Riga Free port in accordance with its signed contract, one the management of the Freeport decided not to extend. This decision of the Riga Freeport management, which did not have any kind of formal justification or explanation, was special with the fact that, even before then, the Competition Council (CC) had declared a similar decision of the management to be illegal, and presented the management some very severe fines, Pietiek reports.

When PKL Flote recovered the rights to provide services at Riga port, thanks to the June 21 decision of the Administrative District Court, because the court had ordered the Management Board of the Freeport to sign a temporary agreement with the company while the case was being reviewed in detail, Loginov found a way to at least put off the signing of the agreement with the unwanted company.

During this time, the Free port’s management had tries another way to avoid the necessity to let PKL Flote into the port – they turned to the Administrative Regional Court with a complaint in relation to the decision of the Administrative District Court.

Loginov’s led institution attempted to prove to the court that the first instance court had incorrectly interpreted the Riga Freeport Law, because, in reality, the court could not have ordered Loginov to sign a public agreement. With that, it is said that the decision regarding a temporary regulation, which states the Management Board of the Freeport is to temporarily allow PKL Flote to function at Riga port, is incorrect.

Loginov’s institution also noted – by “getting rid of” PKL Flote, they did not allow “a clear violation of the indifference principle (prohibition of discrimination principle), because such agreements are not signed with other private commercial companies as well, because Riga Freeport provides such services too.”

However, this attempt failed – the Administrative Regional Court deemed all Riga Freeport Management Board’s arguments as unjustified and its complaint was declined.

Previously, PKL Flote’s Director Valery Ignatov explained the reasons for the conflict to Pietiek: “Loginov doesn’t love us because we defend our rights to hold out business. And given how many lawsuits we have with the port, it is going quite successfully. We have won several lawsuits. When we tell mass media, our agents, our clients that we have won another case we are told that we will not be forgiven, that we will be destroyed in the end.

The first attempt was made nearly a half-year ago, when the port sent a letter that our contract is being terminated starting with June 1. Then, lawyers explained to them that the Competition Council will not support this, that it would be better to wait until the contract ends, but the extension of a contract cannot be forced. Shortly after, another letter was sent: it stated that the contract is being called off, cancelled. We assumed that the situation could arise that the license would not be extended…”


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  1. Gaga says:

    Anyway in this port there are more administrators than dockers. The milk cow for corrupt politicians.

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