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Entrepreneur Sergiy Lishchyna accuses Ukrainian authorities and Kyiv developers of obstructing launch of Fanplit plant

Sergiy Lishchyna told about the plant was shut down at the request of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources because of complaints submitted by Ihor Nikonov, an investor of the Comfort Town residential complex
14:25, 31 October 2019

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The co-owner of Fanplit plant in Kyiv Sergiy Lishchyna explained the plant was shut down by the court, ZN reports.

According to Lishchyna, the plant was shut down at the request of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources because of complaints submitted by Ihor Nikonov, an investor of the Comfort Town residential complex. However, the residential complex itself was built with the violation. The distance between it and the plant initially contradicted the norms. And the independent inspection of Fanplit emissions has shown that the plant operates by the standards. Despite all these facts, the local authorities requested to shut down the plant following the initiative of the developers.

“Constant complaints about the neighboring plant submitted to the relevant authorities and some behind-the-scenes arrangements did their job: plant’s operating permit was revoked. And to ensure production’s death, the case of 2012 was reopened, and a fine of more than UAH 30 million was imposed. So it has no more chances to survive,” Sergiy Lishchyna said.

The businessman also reported that the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources had not responded to his request to resume the work of Fanplit plant despite multiple appeals. 

“We decided to apply for a new permit only for plywood production, and we knowingly never insisted on renewing the production of fiberboard. All complaints were filed with regard to the fiberboard production. This area of business underwent all inspections. But our documentation still has to meet new and new requirements. Who is ever going to invest under such circumstances?” he explained.

The businessman explained that he was ready to modernize the company or move it to the Kyiv region. But Kyiv authorities have not made any progress in solving the problem.

“We had a roadmap of technical modernization. If we were to implement it, the footprint of production would have been almost inexistent. It is possible. But nobody even wanted to hear our plan. And modernization can be carried out only if we are confident that the company will operate in the future. Otherwise, it will be a waste of investments, especially such huge ones,” Sergiy Lishchyna stated.

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