Source: eKapija/RTS | Thursday, 15.09.2016.| 11:06
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Only Frontier and Petrovax remain in Galenika race – Union finds laying off half of employees unacceptable

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The British-Russian consortium of Frontier and Petrovax is the only one which has submitted a valid bid for strategic partnership in Galenika. The companies from India and Brazil have failed to meet the basic tender requirements, as determined by the Commission for carrying out the strategic partnership procedure. Whether there will be negotiations with the consortium will be decided by the Government.

A month and a half after the first envelope was opened, the Commission determined that only one bidder could continue down the road towards the strategic partnership with Galenika.

– The report including the conclusion that only one bid is valid will be presented at the Government's session. In the next phase, we expect the Government to reach the decision on whether to enter the strategic partnership, that is, the negotiations on the strategic partnership – says Zoran Pantelic, member of the Commission.

The British-Russian consortium offered the minimum amount of EUR 7 million for a 25% ownership of the company. As is the case with the bidders which have failed to meet the requirements, the consortium plans to reduce the current number of 1,400 employees by half.

– The union finds this unacceptable, due to the number of workers the consortium said they intended to keep. There were three instances of redundancy layoffs in Galenika, and if the Government accepts the partnership, we need to find a better position from which to negotiate – says Tamara Lalic, the president of the Independent Union of Galenika.

The bid explains that the reduction in the number of employees has the stabilization of Galenika as its goal and that the number of employees will grow with investments in new technology, environmental protection and the expansion of production.

– No strategic partner specified clearly and unconditionally what the amount of investments will be and all other parameters, including investments, will be defined in the contract, which the Government will sign if it decides to do so – says Pantelic.

It is not yet known when the Government will decide whether to negotiate with the sole potential strategic partner, but, if they decide to do so, the negotiation deadline period is 90 days.
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