Eurotunnel

EurotunnelBy a Notice of a Request for Arbitration dated 17 December 2003, the Channel Tunnel Group Limited and France-Manche S.A. commenced arbitration against the Governments of the United Kingdom and the French Republic. The two Governments are represented by the Secretary of State for Transport and by le ministre de l'équipement, des transports, du logement, du tourisme et de la mer respectively.

On 30 January 2007, a partial award was rendered by an ad hoc arbitral tribunal constituted in accordance with Article 19 of the Treaty between the French Republic and the United Kingdom Concerning the Construction and Operation by Private Concessionaires of a Channel Fixed Link Signed at Canterbury on February 12, 1986. The tribunal found the UK and French Governments liable for damages and will now set a timetable to determine the amount the two Governments should pay.

Eurotunnel is claiming over 30 million in damages caused by thousands of asylum-seekers from the Sangatte camp in Calais attempting to cross the channel through the tunnel. It argues that the French and UK Governments had a duty to prevent the kind of disruptions that caused delays, suspension of services, security expenses and loss of revenue between 2000 and 2002.

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