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CAF does not want to sign a new train procurement contract

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The Spanish Company Construcciones y Auxiliares de Ferrocariles S.A. (CAF) is not ready to sign a new train procurement contract, which is offered by the Latvian side. The company is fine with introducing amendments to the existing contract (signed on April 2).

Representatives of CAF say they are ready to discuss the amendments to any specific points of the contract, but the Latvian side offered to first sign a new contract and then proceed with any discussions.

On Wednesday, September 26, during the Saeima National Economy, agriculture environment and regional policy meeting, CAF representatives noted that they did not receive any proposals on how to amend specific points. They also said this topic was not discussed on any recent meetings.

Chairman of Pasažieru vilciens Artis Birkmanis said that he has no such feeling, and proceeded to mention a number of dates when the two sides met. Secretary of State to the Ministry of Transport Anrijs Matiss noted, after hearing out the statements of CAF representatives, that both sides need to gather and discuss any unresolved issues. He said that there are five amendable points, ones that are not allowed to be published because of confidentiality.

The meeting between CAF and PV is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 26.

AS previously reported, the total costs for the procurement of 34 new electric trains are planned at 144 million LVL, 100 million of which will be allocated by the European Union Cohesion Fund. The PV will provide the remaining 44 million LVL. The second part of the contract provides for maintenance operations of said trains for 30 years. The total value of the contract is 610.76 million EUR. The new trains are to be ready by August, 2015.

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