Slovenia rejects bill to exclude foreign investors from mega rail project – EURACTIV.com
A Slovenian opposition motion to exclude Hungary from the country’s biggest rail project in decades was defeated in parliament on Wednesday, paving the way for an investment worth € 200 million.
The four center-left parties wanted to prevent Hungary from buying a stake in 2TDK, a fully public company that manages the project, by specifically excluding such an option by law.
They argued that the construction of the 27 kilometers of track was fully funded and that Hungary’s participation would eventually increase the current price by one billion euros.
The government has sought a bilateral agreement with Hungary as one of the main countries of origin and destination of the port of Koper.
Hungary would get a stake in 2TDK with a capital injection of 200 million euros, and Slovenia would help it buy land near the port to create a logistics zone, under the terms of the agreement, which did not not made public but has been disclosed to the media.
The government now claims that Hungary was not the only possible partner and
Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec said the port is also important for other landlocked countries in the region, for example Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
But the opposition rejected this, saying the friendly relations between the Hungarian and Slovenian prime ministers were proof that Hungary was the partner of choice. They also argued that preferential treatment for one or more countries would undermine the neutral position of the port of Koper. (Sebastijan R. Maček, STA.si)