LUKA KOPER, d.d., Koper
Management and Supervisory Boards did not influence the implementation of the special audit
There has been much public speculation as to the procedures employed by Luka Koper d.d. in its acquisition of land at Orleška Gmajna, as well as its business relations with the company Premik-Net. In addition, there are allegations that the current Management and Supervisory Boards of Luka Koper have influenced the auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers in the preparation of the special audit report. Due to the fact that these allegations are untrue, the Luka Koper Management and Supervisory Boards wish to issue the following joint statement:
“The Management and Supervisory Boards of Luka Koper decisively reject any reproaches and allegations related to their influencing the implementation of the special audit. The work of the auditors was prejudiced neither by the Management nor Supervisory Board.
The Management and Supervisory Boards of Luka Koper have no reasons to doubt either the work of the special auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers or the consequent report issued by them. We believe that the entire procedure was executed in compliance with the rules of the profession, as well as the authority enjoyed by the auditors in such cases. It should also be noted that the auditors' authority is limited, and cannot be compared with that of law enforcement authorities.
It should be pointed out that the Management and Supervisory Boards of Luka Koper actively co-operate with law enforcement officers in their investigation of potential criminal offences committed in relation to Luka Koper d.d., and such also holds true with regard to the Orleška Gmajna affair. As far as we are aware, the auditors have also co-operated with officers of the law in their conduct of the special audit.
All findings of the authorities as well as the auditors will serve the company's Management Board in its decisions as to further measures to be taken. The entire special audit report shall be presented to Luka Koper shareholders at the General Assembly Meeting to be held on 26th March 2010; at this meeting shareholders shall be provided with all necessary additional explanations by the auditor. It is, therefore, inappropriate to comment publicly on the report before the company's shareholders are fully acquainted with it.”
President of Supervisory Board
President of Management Board