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Kia fined for construction without permit

THE SLOVAK Building Inspectorate (SSI) has fined carmaker Kia for building parts of its auto plant near Žilina without construction permits.

According to the SSI, Kia's pressroom, welding hall, assembly hall, and paint hall, as well as a temporary construction site, were all built without the necessary paperwork.

Kia, which is already conducting trial operations, has appealed the decision. The size of the fine was not disclosed, the Pravda daily wrote.

"The delays in the construction of the car plant are connected with the delayed purchase of the land. The Slovak government is responsible for not only meeting the commitments stated in the investment contract, but meeting them on time. We are sticking to the investment schedule," said Kia Motors Slovakia spokesman Dušan Dvořák.

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