Podgorica – The stalling of the privatization of the ski center “Bjelasica”, which for almost 10 months is in bankruptcy, could get the shapes of an affair especially after the last warnings of the ex Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and Minister for tourism, Predrag Nenezic that in that way they are directly jeopardizing the development of the north region, specially Kolasin.
Business court which governs the ski center and the state funds as the owners of the stock shares in five attempts haven’t managed to finish the privatization. The last mistake they have made several days before the New Year, when the auction for the sales of the 86, 4 % of the stock shares of the ski center failed. The auction was not held because the condition of submission of application of at least two applicants was not fulfilled. The only company which applied was the company Beppler and Jacobson as it was the case in previous four tenders.
The starting price for 86, 4% of stock shares was 1, 5 millions of euros. Beppler on the previous tender offered around 550.000 euros for the stock shares and 3, 5 millions for investments. Beppler on every following tender decreased the offer. So on the first tender the offered investments were 9 millions of euros, and on the last one 3, 5 millions. The lawyers of Beppler have also warned that the stalling of the privatization directly jeopardizes the development of Kolasin.
Ski center since the entrance in bankruptcy has been constantly increasing the losses, and the debts have surpassed the amount of 500.000. The characteristic of the ski center is that it owns the old equipment and cable funicular railways which can not satisfy the needs of the winter tourism.
The ex Prime Minister Djukanovic has also noticed the problem of stalling of the sale of the ski center, claiming that because of the irresponsibility seasons in Kolasin are failing.
-Bjelasica is a resource on which we can base the development of municipalities on the north of the republic. And in stead of that, with the slowness of the administration, we are jeopardizing even the existing low intensity of development of one of them, which in small degree has used Bjelasica. I am having in mind Kolasin and the story about the ski center when I am speaking about this. Maybe someone in the administration (as well as the majority of Montenegrins), is deprived of the awareness of the importance of time, and maybe he or she can think that he or she is responsible that already for the third fourth time, unsatisfied with the offered price, he or she is not bringing a decision about the privatization of goods, without which the development of Kolasin can not happen. And in the basics, that person is very irresponsible, because Kolasin does not have winter season for already several years, as well as this year too, and it is certain that it won’t have it in the season 2007-2008. For sure, it will take more than a year to end the tender, make the contract, order the equipment and put it into function. In every of the years that Montenegro and especially Kolasin have missed, they would have earned at least a 10 time difference (of money) of what the sellers (funds) want and of what it is being offered.
The Government has to terminate that and make decisions which will this and all other resources on the North of Montenegro, put into function of tourist and total economic development as soon as possible – said Djukanovic in his statement for the New Year’s edition of “Vijesti”.
On the other hand minister of tourism Predrag Nenezic before the New Year has sent a letter to the bankruptcy director of the ski center, Srecko Medenica, business court, and state funds in which he is seeking for the answers about the failed attempts of privatization of the ski center, so that he could inform the Government about that.
Nenezic says in the letter that he is surprised by the fact that the Business court did not notify them that they have shifted from the model of selling of goods to an auction sale of ski center, especially because of the fact that Ministry of tourism since the beginning has been included in solving of the problem of the company. Nenezic says that the Ministry, among other things, has influenced on the decision of the dismissal all the tax depts. of the ski center.