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Latvia will not build a pavilion for World Expo 2015

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia will participate in the World Expo 2015 international exhibition in Milan, but will not build its own pavilion, as decided by the Latvian government this Tuesday, December 23rd.

Latvian Economy Ministry has been tasked to develop solutions how to use the territory allocated for Latvia’s participation in World Expo.

Economy Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola had previously asked the government to cease Latvia’s participation in the international exhibition. However, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma noted that it is more important to look for a less expensive way of taking part in World Expo 2015.

The Prime Minister has supported the Economy Minister’s proposed decision not to continue with the previously acknowledged concept regarding Latvia’s participation in the exhibition – by building a pavilion shaped like an oak. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister asked to consider a new concept; one that would not include an expensive structure.

Last week, the government decided not to support Reizniece-Ozola’s initiative to completely halt Latvia’s participation in the international exhibition.

Reizniece-Ozola still believes that Latvia’s participation in World Expo is too expensive – a total of EUR 7.3 million. In addition, the minister believes the preparation term is too short and intense to yield a quality project. The minister also adds that Economy Ministry has received the final offer from Swiss Adunic AG construction company, which has offered to construct Latvia’s pavilion for EUR 3.1 million.

«The company is prepared to build Latvia’s pavilion, but I still believe Latvia should abstain from participation in this exhibition,» – said Reizniece-Ozola.

She allowed for the possibility that the government may yet decide to halt Latvia’s participation in World Expo. «It is likely the government will consider the possibility of refusing the project,» – said the minister.

The minister informed that the construction tender organized this December for Latvia’s pavilion has concluded fruitlessly. Only two companies had participated in the process – RBSSkals Būvvadība and Italian Paolo Beltrami S.p.A with Latvian subsidiary Baumeister. The former offered to complete the project for EUR 6.03 million. The offer of Paolo Beltrami was EUR 6.22 million. The minister adds that both prices are similar. This is why the minister decided to turn to the Competition Council to decide the outcome.

After this procurement project, EM decided to look at offers of other construction companies, which varied from EUR 3.16 million to EUR 4.37 million. In the end it was decided to assess two of the best offers – Italian Prana/Progeca and Swiss Adunic AG.

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