The SP parliamentary group in the cantonal council had requested information about settlements by Russian companies. The main concern is the Russian coal company Suek. Its main shareholder Andrei Melnichenko has been on the EU sanctions list since March.
From 2004, Suek was based in the city of St. Gallen. In June 2020, however, the company moved to the canton of Zug. Until the end of March, the group’s company nameplate could still be seen on a building on Wassergasse, as well as the vacated office through a glass door. Among other things, the SP wanted to know whether Suek had been granted tax breaks.
Number of employees “continuously growing”
In its recently published response, the St. Gallen government referred to the entries in the commercial register, with which the history of the Suek in the canton is “completely traceable”. At the start, the group reported five employees, and the workforce then “continuously grew”.
The company received “no tax breaks” during the time in the canton of St. Gallen. In its statement, the government generally states that “sectors with reputational risks” are not eligible for tax breaks. In particular, she lists “the arms industry and the commodity trade”.
No sanctioned companies in the canton of St. Gallen
The location promotion examines companies that would be suitable for a settlement, in each case “on the basis of publicly available information”. When it comes to tax breaks, the planned investments are the priority for the canton. This involves, for example, the acquisition or construction of a building for production, research and development.
The government has stated several times in recent weeks that checks by various offices in the canton have not found any companies that are on the federal sanctions lists. (SDA)