Shipyards’ restructuring to be viewed by prosecutor’s office

04-04-2007, 10:30

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – The Supreme Chamber of  Control criticized the former management of the Agency of Industrial Development which was restructuring Polish shipyards.

The Supreme Chamber of Control (NIK) controlled the restructuring of the shipyard sector in Poland. In the years 2001-05, it received PLN 4.2 billion (EUR 1.1 billion) of state subsidies. NIK questions PLN 329m of these subsidies. The Chamber disapproved of Arkadiusz Krezel, the former head of the Agency of Industrial Development (ARP) and the former managements of Stocznia Gdynia shipyard. It filed a suit to the prosecutor’s office.

NIK stated in its report that ARP CEO made arbitrary decisions. His approval for the restructuring plan for Stocznia Gdynia shipyard was illegal as it was made with a 66-day delay. The chamber accuses him of the failure to abide to the wage index in Gdynia shipyard and in HCP plant in Poznan.

“Some of the funds were allocated prior to Poland’s EU accession so EU law was not abiding yet. We had investors’ declarations so there was no need to oppose the plans. As far as the wages are concerned, do they expect me to question the management’s right to decide about payments when so many specialists leave abroad?”, Arkadiusz Krezel asked.

“Hadn’t it been for ARP’s approval, the shipyard would have gone bankrupt”, Dariusz Adamski, the head of Solidarnosc trade union at Stocznia Gdynia admitted.

It was him who filed an application for NIK control.

According to NIK estimates, Stocznia Gdynia received PLN 1.17 billion of state subsidies, Stocznia Gdanska PLN 101.3, HCP PLN 142.7m and Stocznia Szczecinska Nowa PLN 2.8 billion. The restructuring of the latter’s was evaluated as ‘positive with irregularities’.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.259)

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