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26 Aug 2011

Vinci Concessions

Vinci response re Moscow - Saint Petersburg motorway project [Russia]

...Our Group has made a commitment to all its stakeholders that it will carry out its projects all over the world with constant attention to minimizing environmental impact and safeguarding Human Rights. The section of the Moscow – Saint Petersburg motorway between Km 15 and Km 58 is covered by these commitments...The project and its route were defined 40 years ago and with or without VINCI [part of North-West Concession Company LLC (NWCC)] they will continue...VINCI intends to work to ensure that the project goes forward under good conditions and environmental standards...Our objective is to avoid, minimise it to the extent possible and ultimately offset environmental impact...VINCI makes a point of promoting and complying with the protection of Human rights everywhere it operates...During a meeting at NWCC offices, just after the start of trees cutting by the Grantor [AVTODOR] in 2010, we...advised the Grantor...to take all necessary measures to prevent violence and avoid provocation...We participated in the Human Rights Council to the Russian Federation President meeting on May 23rd, 2011...Vincent Cabanne, NWCC Deputy General Manager declared: “...We firmly condemn all forms of violence and harassment against individuals...These events have no connection with our company and must be prosecuted as crimes.”