This Monday, 6 July, Skonto būve submitted claims to the court against State Environmental Service, saying that the institution had intentionally breached contract requirements and refused to exact payment for work carried out by the construction company in the Incukalns tar ponds project without providing any justifiable reasons.
Riga City Northern District Court has received an official request to secure the payment of the missed payment and an additional fine for delaying the payment from SES worth a total of EUR 1,854,643.08, as reported by Skonto būve.
The construction company received a letter from SES one day prior to the payment. In this letter, the institution questions the legitimacy of the four-year-old documents from Swedbank. Considering that Swedbank representatives submitted confirmation regarding the authenticity of the documents in question at the beginning of July, SES has yet to exact payments for Skonto būve’s work. With that, the company has decided to submit a claim to the court in order to resolve this situation.
«In addition to that, instead of carrying out the payment in accordance with the contract, SES decided to breach requirements of the contract by announcing it to the public and asking the company to be understanding and wait for a bit. With that, SES has not only breached the signed contract, but also cause considerable losses to the state – the contract provides for a EUR 12,829.25 worth of fine for delayed payments or EUR 1,841.75 per each delayed day,» – as explained by the company.
Skonto būve had previously disclosed the contents of the letter in which SES had admitted the authenticity of the guarantee provided by Swedbank, noting that specific employees of the bank were authorized to sign the documents in question. With that, actions of SES can be considered a delaying tactic and risk of losing EU co-funding for the project, notes the company.
«The contract with the client states that from the moment of signing the contract and up until the completion of the project, it is necessary to have the bank’s approval and guarantee of advance payments. Swedbank had provided documents allowing this four years ago. This is why SES’ debt before Skonto būve is EUR 7 million (aside from an additional amount of nearly ER 6 million for the work that was carried out over March-June),» – as reported by Skonto būve.
«We believe SES’ action can be interpreted as yet another populist step to imitate care for state funds. This does not, however, help resolve the matter with pollution in the northern pond nor the fate of the southern pond. On top of all that, it only serves to put at risk the future of co-finding provided by the EU for this project. SES currently tries to lead this situation and its development to court, casting all blame on the construction company and hushing its own responsibility and incompetence in this project. It is important to keep in mind, however, that such actions on SES’ part could cause considerable losses to the state in the future,» – notes Skonto būve.