10 OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES

EUR 1,000 1 Jan–31 Dec 2013 1 Jan–31 Dec 2012
Loss on the sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 341 94
Voluntary personnel expenses 13,431 12,411
Rental expenses 35,514 41,299
Direct acquisition costs 287 22
Losses from hedging purchases and sales * 2,520 1,731
Damages-related legal proceedings ** 65,587
Other expenses 132,020 225,388

249,700 280,946

* Losses from hedging purchases and sales includes realised losses and changes in fair values of commodity derivatives which are used for hedging bitumen purchases and currency derivatives which are used for hedging purchases and sales.

** Damages-related legal proceedings include EUR 49.3 million of compensation for damages which, in its decisions on 28 November 2013, the District Court ordered Lemminkäinen to pay. The amount consists of damages ordered to only Lemminkäinen, Lemminkäinen’s share of the damages ordered to be paid jointly and severally as well as expenses related to the damages. As, according to the Company's estimate, some of the other defendants that have been ordered to pay damages jointly and severally will not be able pay the shares ordered to them by the District Court, Lemminkäinen will pay shares of damages and related expenses ordered to these defendants in the amount of approximately EUR 10.4 million which is also included in the damages-related legal proceedings item. In addition, the item includes a EUR 5.9 million provision related to the claims for damages pending a main proceeding, with 14 municipalities as plaintiffs.

EUR 1,000 1 Jan–31 Dec 2013 1 Jan–31 Dec 2012
Rewards paid in Finland to the audit firm nominated by the AGM

Audit fees 206 260

Tax councelling 14 13

Other consulting 171 311

390 584