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Avrox masks are long overdue

Saturday evening, Belgium had still not seen the slightest mask landed from the company based in Luxembourg. Failing to lose money, the country loses time.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Saturday evening, Belgium had still not seen the slightest mask landed from the company based in Luxembourg. Failing to lose money, the country loses time.

Certainly, nothing will normally happen in the order for fabric masks placed by the Belgian government to the company Avrox, based in Luxembourg. After having had doubts about the very nature of the company retained for the supply of 15 million protections, doubts about the legality of the contract signed by the Minister of Defense Philippe Goffin, here is the country looking at its watch. The order expected for the end of last week still hasn’t arrived on Saturday.

Admittedly, the Belgian State has not yet paid a single cent of this order to approach 45 million euros (37.5 million excluding taxes). Admittedly, contractually, provision is made for late penalties for each waiting day from Monday 25 May. But already the Belgian Minister of Defense has warned that a large part of the delivery should be done rather “during the week” … A little light as crisis management in a country where the covid-19 has already more than 9,200 victims.

Avrox will therefore have to hurry if it does not want to lose too much money in the operation, if it is well able to assume its commitment. Otherwise, each day of delay, there is a financial penalty of 2% of the total invoice (with a maximum of 10% of this total value). Is 750,000 euros maximum penalty per day, if all the masks arrived after the deadline.

On Sunday, the delivery of 1.5 million pieces was not confirmed by the Belgian authorities. Especially since once arrived in Belgium the goods will have to undergo a conformity check. The expected masks from factories based in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

In addition, on Saturday, the journalists of the daily The evening, highlighted another gray area in this transaction. Hamza Talhouni, the Jordanian businessman who signed the contract with the Belgian government and head of Avrox, is said to be one of the main shareholders of Cairo Amman Bank. This Jordanian institution has several hundred alumni accounts Palestinian detainees convicted of terrorist attacks, and whose accounts are fed as a “reward” for their actions. A decidedly doubtful business partner, all the more so in negotiations with a State …

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