Rosco bid dead­line put off till June

Kathimerini English - - Focus - VAN­GE­LIS MANDRAVELIS

State sell-off fund TAIPED yes­ter­day ex­tended the dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of bind­ing bids for car­riage main­te­nance com­pany Rosco un­til the end of June.

Sub­mis­sion was sup­posed to have been com­pleted by Jan­uary 31, but the de­lay in the privatization of the main rail­way ser­vice com­pany, Train­ose, forced the ex­ten­sion of the dead­line to June 30.

An­other fac­tor the led to the de­vel­op­ment was the like­li­hood of new con­sor­tiums in the mar­ket: The ac­qui­si­tion of Skoda Trans­porta­tion by China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp (CRRC) has changed the game, even though it still is too early to deter­mine the in­ten­tions of the Chi­nese com­pany.

There is also the pos­si­ble re­sump­tion of talks be­tween the new owner of Train­ose (Fer­rovie dello Stato Ital­iane) with France’s Al­stom re­gard­ing the main­te­nance of the Ital­ian group’s en­tire train stock. In this con­text, one can­not rule out a re­turn by the French, who left their mark on the first, failed at­tempt by TAIPED to sell Rosco.

What may well have been the de­ci­sive fac­tor in the move, though, is the de­mand by the Ital­ians to see the dead­line ex­tended, as they have no con­fi­dence at all in Greek bu­reau­cracy. They ex­pect to know the state of play on the is­sue of past state sub­si­dies to Train­ose by June.

The num­ber of nights for­eign vis­i­tors spent in Greece last year was vir­tu­ally the same as in 2015, ac­cord­ing to Euro­stat fig­ures, de­spite the rise in ar­rivals. They reached 78.4 mil­lion, up 0.2 per­cent on 2015, while nights spent in ac­com­mo­da­tion units by do­mes­tic tourists rose 4.9 per­cent to 21.4 mil­lion.

The dead­line for Rosco of­fers has been ex­tended partly be­cause more bid­ders are an­tic­i­pated.

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