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Economy Minister: much stricter requirements will be applied to public buildings

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEconomy Ministry has prepared and presented 11 requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers for inter-institutional coordination. These requirements provide a large number of changes to control over construction activities in order to increase quality, safety and responsibility in the industry, especially in regard to public buildings.

Changes that are provided by the new Construction Law and related regulations will come into force February 1, Economy Ministry reports.

‘Discussions about a new Construction Law lasted at least five years in the Saeima. This new Construction Law will finally come into force this year and will bring significant changes along with it. Its goal is to increase quality and make sure buildings are safe for people not just on paper but in reality as well. Changes are mostly focused on public buildings. The law also introduces clear responsibility for any violations uncovered during construction. The tragedy in Zolitude happened under the old construction regulations and we cannot allow construction to continue to function under these regulations. The industry must change in its basic principles and regulations under which it functions,’ – says Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts.

Compared to the current regulations, those submitted for coordination propose significantly increased quality requirements to both specialists and the responsibility they carry. Regulations also introduce additional requirements to document submission order and building classification in each category. In order to provide national level of control over construction, Saeima has been presented with amendments to the Construction Law. Specific changes that have been approved by the parliament in the first reading provide for the creation of a Construction Control Office. This office will perform monitoring duties over the construction process of public buildings. The Saeima will still need to review this matter in more detail.

Changes proposed by Economy Ministry provide for increased attention to specialist certification and responsibility of such authorities. Economy Ministry proposes it to be stated on a national level that all construction projects that are part of the next EU fund planning period are to hold a certificate of FIDIC standard construction contract.

In full cooperation with Finance Ministry, work in the area of public procurements will be continued. The goal of this cooperation is to make certain that a lower price is no longer the deciding criterion in construction projects. In regard to this initiative, significant changes have been proposed for the construction companies’ classification system, which is planned to be amended before the beginning of 2015.

The government expects to receive conclusions of construction associations and other ministries about regulations that had been proposed in the past. The regulation coordination meetings will begin next week. It is during next that specialists will be holding different discussions in regard to the proposed initiatives and amendments to the Construction Law.

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