The Croatian Prime Minister and three of his cabinet minister visited Treći Maj on Tuesday in a bid to find a solution to the Rijeka based shipyard's debt woes.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Economy Minister Darko Horvat, Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković and Maritme Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković visited the Treći Maj shipyard in Rijeka where they met with the ailling shipyard's director Edi Kučan. The focus of their meeting was on finding a legal framework within which production at the shipyard can be continued.
Director Kučan presented the prime minister and his minister with an overview of the current state of affairs in the shipyard, as well as plans to continue with production and more importantly the ships already in the dock. However, neither wanted to discuss the details of this plan with reporters.
Treći Maj is facing receivership if its accounts are not unblocked immediately. The Commercial Court in Rijeka has already postponed a decision on receivership eight times and is unlikely to do so a ninth.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting Prime Minister Plenković said that the political decision to help Treći Maj has been made, and that now it is just a question of finding a legal framework to do so. He declined to specify exactly how much this would cost tax payers, saying only that the goal was to get the shipyard back on its feet of the next 24 months. Plenković also said that efforts were underway to ensure that Treći Maj's 744 workers receive the back wages owed to them.
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