The Greek Parliament on Thursday passed a law amendment which provides for the completion of the certification procedures and the operational accession of four new submarines into the Greek Navy fleet. New Democracy and PASOK — the two coalition government partners — as well as Democratic Left (DIMAR) voted in favor of the law amendment, while the main opposition party’s SYRIZA MPs voted a more neutral “present.”
Speaking in Parliament earlier on Thursday, Greece ‘s Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos declared the end of the lingering problem of the four new Naval submarines at Skaramaga shipyards, in the framework of presenting the relevant law amendment.
Avramopoulos commented, that “a definite end to the submarine adventure is hereby put.” The Greek state demands from the owners of the shipyards the return of payments worth 360 million euros unduly paid during 2010-2011.
The minister claimed, that if the courts finally justify the Greek state’s case for the recovery of its funds, there will be a substantial decrease in the final cost of building the submarines, even in comparison to their contractual cost.
He also notified the Parliament, that the four new submarines have already been manned with their crews, which are highly trained and well-prepared for their missions.
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