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Minister: problems in construction negatively affect investments

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Daniels Pavluts

Problems in construction are currently one of the main factors that delay the reaching of further improvements of Latvia’s business environment. It also delays the attraction of new investments, believes Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts.

“It delays investments not just in the area of real estate property, but also in industrial production, where additional production facilities are always a must. Currently, construction project coordination can take a longer time than the construction process itself. Sometimes these problems appear where they should not,” – notes the Economy Minister.

“Leaving this issue unattended for a long time could result in Latvia losing all hope of achieving higher positions in international evaluations. I agree with arguments that discussions are necessary before we can properly amend the Construction Law, so that amendments would comply with the interests of residents and the Administrative Process Law. However, the Saeima vote, which ended in a decline in the first reading, came as a surprise. All unclear questions could have been discussed before the 2nd and 3rd readings,” – says Pavluts. According to him, the price of the January 17 vote could come back to Latvia in not just positions in international economic surveys, but also in the form of lost investments and uncreated jobs.

The minister reminds that understanding about the necessity to find a fast solution was reached with the PM and the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as with the Large and Strategically Important Investment Coordination Board and the Saeima National Economy Commission. Officials had supported the minister’s proposals for amendments to the Construction Law. This would have contributed to the creation of new jobs and new investments to the Latvian economy.

The ministers proposed amendments provided for striking out the public discussion procedure from the construction process. Amendments also provided for shortening the discussion for the issue of construction permits.

The Economy Ministry also believes that the process of construction permit review at municipalities can be made faster in cases of arguments, stating that the institution is expected to review the issue within one month. In case of need for additional review, the evaluation period can be extended to four months. Current regulations provide for an extension period of up to one year.

The aforementioned amendments do not, however, prevent cases when a person, submitting an application, can prevent the issue of a construction permit. They can, however, provide a faster review of the issue at municipalities, so that a merchants can use the temporary protection measures of the administrative process as soon as possible. The Economy Ministry believes that, by performing specific amendments to the current Construction Law, investment opportunities for resident and foreigners can be made easier, creating a simple and more foreseeable construction process.

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