– There was a certain pattern in every region of our country. We have always faced the problem of greed and corruption. What happened over the past eight years was just a mechanism, it was not human greed, but a mechanism by which permission to steal was given to certain people. Certain groups, regions, and PiS members were allowed to steal with impunity. For what purpose? Because they wanted to create a label related to the state, the authorities and the president. That's why the Prosecutor General's Office protected them – said Roman Girtich on TVN24.
– If the Supreme Audit Office says that the sale of Lotos is undervalued by PLN 7 billion, then if I were Mr. Obajtek, I would do nothing else but look for a law firm willing to defend him, because it is clear that he is in a situation like the one he mentioned Supreme Audit Office, his legal problems are approaching quickly, and I prefer to say fast in the sense of a Ferrari, not a slow bike – said Deputy KO.
“The decision was made by Jarosław Kaczyński”
The main question is “how many benefits were obtained because someone agreed to them,” Roman Gertish said. “I don't think this whole story boils down to a mistake where they sold for less than they asked for,” Gertich said. He added – If someone has such valuations and sells for less than them, the question is about the motive.
According to Roman Girtich, Jaroslaw Kaczynski made the decision to sell the Gdańsk refinery. The question is: Is it related to some political arrangements that we know nothing about, or are we dealing with a giant corruption scandal? I think the Attorney General's Office will explain that,” said Rep. KO.
Saudi Aramco paid PLN 7.2 billion less for the Lotus stake than it was worth.
In July 2023, the Financial Supervision Bureau prepared a report on, among other things, the merger of Orlin with Lotus after the inspection by the Ministry of State Assets. TVN24 journalists found the not yet published document. According to the Supreme Audit Office, Saudi Aramco paid PLN 7.2 billion less for the Lotus stake than it was entitled to.
Merger of Orlin and Lotus
In 2022, the Łódź-Schrodmiesee District Court of Łódź, 20th Commercial Division of the National Court Register, registered the merger of PKN Orlen with Grupa Lotos.
Earlier, in January 2022, in accordance with the requirements of the European Commission, Orlin submitted planned remedial measures in relation to the acquisition of Grupa Lotos. Among other things it was reported that the Hungarian company MOL will acquire 417 gas stations of the Lotos Group network in Poland, and Orlen will buy from MOL 144 gas stations in Hungary and 41 gas stations in Slovakia. The fuel and asphalt logistics area within the Lotos Terminale will be purchased by Unimot. Lotos Biopaliwa will be acquired by Rossi Biofuel.
As Orlin mentioned, it negotiated for Saudi Aramco to buy 30 percent. Lotos Group refinery shares in Gdańsk and agreed to a long-term delivery contract worth PLN 200,000. Up to 337 thousand barrels of oil per day, while the target volume of Saudi raw material supplies should be 20 million tons annually.
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