Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) January 5, 2018 – Five former managers of Barcelona port authority (Autoridad Portuaria de Barcelona) were accused of committing “serious negligence” when authorising payments worth combined €40.6 million ($48.9 million) for “unrealised” works, according to a letter from the State Attorney’s Office of Spain
The disbursements were approved between 2001 and 2008 during the works for the extension of the Abrigo Este basin in the port of Barcelona. The port authority awarded this infrastructure in 2001 for 165 million, but it ended up costing €242.2 million ($291.5 million).
The State Attorney’s Office indicates as “directly responsible” for the alleged irregularities the ex-presidents of the port authority Joaquim Tosas (1998-2004), Joaquín Coello (2004-2006) and Jordi Valls (2006-2011). The Catalan government appointed them during the mandates of the ex-presidents Jordi Pujol and Pasqual Maragall.
The Court of Auditors will start examining the lawsuit on March 19. In addition to the above mentioned five senior officials, three project managers and the former technical assistance of the expansion of the Abrigo Este basin are also among the defendants.
Source: El País
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