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Official: Construction Law amendments are of high importance to the industry

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Vyacheslav Dombrovskis

Amendments to the Construction Law are the industry’s most welcomed and most important reform. They will speed up the overall construction process and reduce the administrative burden for builders, says Reform Party and Saeima’s National Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Regional Policy Commission Chairman Vyacheslav Dombrovskis.

“The Construction Law remained on the shelf throughout a number of different parliaments. In spite of its significance for the development of the construction industry, parliamentary officials have been unable to reach consensus on the necessary amendments since 2008,” – Dombrovskis says.

A working group under Vyacheslav Dombrovskis has been working on amendments to this law. There were more than 200 proposals and more than 20 meetings called in order to discuss everything, Reform Party reports.

“The proposed changes present a whole new method for construction regulation. It will definitely speed up the construction process. Methods for increasing the effectiveness of construction procedures is one of the main instruments for supporting entrepreneurship. Changes to construction regulations will also increase our country’s international competitiveness in the international Doing Business rating of the World Bank. This will also increase the industry’s economic growth and the ability to attract investors,” – he says.

The second reading of the bill will clarify the competency of the Cabinet of Ministers when issuing general and special construction rules, as well as rules in evaluating the competency of construction specialists. Amendments will also define the rights and duties of construction specialists, as the Saeima Press Service reports.

The new edition of the law is also expected to clearly set the main goal of the law, different terms dictated by the law, as well as provide general guidelines for construction initiatives, construction permits, responsibility and control. Amendments will also provide the ability to cancel an issued construction permit’s validity if construction is carried out illegally.

Amendments will also clearly define the competency of responsible institutions. Duties will include: control over the progress of the construction process and its compliance with the law; provide updates about the use of land and building conditions, as well as review applications and make decisions during the construction process.

Amendments to the law will provide specific terms for making decisions. Depending on the complexity of the project, the terms will be 30, 14 or 7 days.

New regulations will clarify responsibility of specialists for different aspects of construction projects.

The law will also dictate additional responsibilities for domestic municipalities – in providing information availability and informing the public about construction initiatives.

The bill is now also added with a new section for insurance. This section will state a builder’s responsibility in insuring his civil responsibility in specific cases.

The new regulation will provide specific construction principles: quality of engineering technology, the principle of construction process longevity and everything that should be followed in this area in order to make the entire process as open as possible for the public.

Another new section of the law will dictate how the responsible ministry will be carrying out supervision over the industry and general coordination. The ministry will also be required to come up with a single state policy and ensure its realization.

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