East West Link: France and Spain make official complaint about cancelled contracts

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ABC: East West Link: France and Spain make official complaint about cancelled contracts By state political reporter Alison Savage 14 April 2015

Ambassadors from France and Spain have made an official complaint about the Victorian Government’s plan to abandon contracts for the East West Link.

French company Bouygues and Spain’s Acciona are part of the East West Connect consortium that was awarded contracts to build the road by the former Napthine Government.

The Andrews Government is abandoning the project and is locked in complex negotiations to cancel the contracts signed by its predecessor before the election.

The French and Spanish ambassadors have lodged a joint complaint about plans to cancel the contract with diplomats in Canberra.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the Government was taking the complaint seriously but would not change its position.

“That is a view they have expressed and certainly we have a different view,” Mr Pallas said.