The Federal Minister of Energy, Mining and Industry Nermin Dzindic said on Thursday in Mostar that the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina Government at a session of the Aluminij Mostar Shareholders Assembly will not accept the lease agreement with the Abraham Group.
Dzindic said that they received a lease agreement last week, and before that, the Aluminij Supervisory Board approved and agreed to that agreement. They, however, made a procedural error; instead of “Aluminij Industry” they gave consent to the agreement between “Aluminij Mostar Ltd. and the Abraham Group,” said Dzindic at a press conference in Mostar.
According to him, there are a number of technical errors about the lease agreement and therefore this agreement is unacceptable to the Federal Government, because there are several errors in the agreement, from the mistake in the name to the annexes that are mentioned. For example, certain annexes are mentioned in the agreement, and in the end, Annex A is mentioned and then in the English version, it is said that the annex would be added subsequently, etc.
He also stressed that the Management, the Supervisory Board and all participants in the decision-making process will be given 30 days to correct the errors and return them to the FBiH Government.
“We are in favor of protecting the capital, future jobs, because under this agreement, unfortunately, this will not happen. Our goal is first and foremost to ensure that the partner who comes will guarantee the retention of jobs, not that the signatory of the agreement be a company that is neither registered in the tax administration nor has an account with the bank,” Dzindic said.
Asked what would happen if Aluminij’s small shareholders, which hold 44 percent of the capital, and the Republic of Croatia with a 12 percent stake, accept the agreement, Minister Džindić said that the FBiH government would be outvoted in that case.
The Mostar-based Aluminij production facilities were shut down on July 10, 2019, after the company was disconnected from the power grid due to accumulated debt, according to Fena.