“The government watches very closely the negotiations between HDW and Abu Dhabi Mar at the Skaramangas Shipyards and is ready to resort to the European Commission if necessary,” Defence Minister Panos Beglitis on Friday stressed. Speaking in parliament in response to a current question by opposition Communist Party of Greece (KKE) MP on the government policy as regards the Hellenic Shipyards in Skaramangas, Beglitis stressed that “the interests of the ministry of defence will be protected and if necessary action will be taken to solve the problems using the negotiating weight of the ministries of defence and finance.”
“The problems that have arisen were the outcome of the terms set to ensure transparency in transactions pursuant to Law No. 3885,” Beglitis said, clarifying that “the German side has not met the terms set as opposed to the Arabs who adhere to the contract.”
The KKE MP described the crisis that erupted between HDW and Abu Dhabi Mar as a “dogfight” between German and Arab capitalists with grave consequences on the shipyards and the 1,150 workers who are left jobless.