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Delna submits second plea to court on allocation of emission quota money to Ventspils

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDelna society for openness has submitted a repeated (added) plea to the Constitutional Court on the non-compliance of the Ventspils concert hall project with environmental improvement goals.

As noted by Delna, authors of the project have failed to secure cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, the project has only increase greenhouse gas emissions, which does not comply with Latvia’s long-term development and principles of rule of law.

As it is known, the Constitutional Court decided not to launch a case following Delna’s original plea. In it, the organization wished to challenge the government’s intention to divide EUR 25 million between two sides – Ventspils concert hall project and Jelgava City Council.

As noted by CC chairman’s assistant Lina Kovalevska, judges of the Supreme Court decided to refuse launching the case at Delna’s request. Delna requested the court to find Cabinet of Ministers’ 26 January 2016 legislative guidelines ‘On the rules governing the project ”Greenhouse gas emissions reduction – low energy consumption buildings” financed by emission quota auction instrument’ as non-compliant with the Constitution.

Judges concluded that the plea submitted by Delna lacked proof of any major breaches of legislation. This is why the court decided there was not sufficient legislative justification to satisfy the plea.

In April, Delna manager Janis Volberts mentioned that the aforementioned funds should instead be diverted to support economically effective businesses, which would comply with priorities of the National Development plan.

«The money is planned to be allocated to two projects – EUR 15 million to the concert hall project, and the remaining amount to an equally overly ambitious project. It is an unjust and illegal decision. It is surprising how such a thing could get passed the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre and be approved by the government. The country has other, more important priorities to focus on – healthcare, demography and others. What we see now, unfortunately, is how massive amounts of funding are diverted to the construction of a single concert hall, which, by no means, is a priority in of itself,» – said Volberts.

He added that the decision to turn to the Constitutional Court is related to concerns regarding future division of funds. ‘According to our estimates, the quota sales budget will have grown by EUR 100 million by 2020. Because of that, we have to be absolutely certain about effective use of this money,’ 0 said Delna’s manager.

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