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Mucenieki centre for refugees to become an object on national interest

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 22 March, the Latvian government accepted the decision to add status of an object of national interest to Mucenieki centre for refugees.

Local residents have criticized the Interior Ministry on multiple occasions about plan to build a centre for refugees in Mucenieki.

Considering the national importance of Mucenieki centre for refugees and the public resonance regarding this centre, there is a risk that litigation may be launched in hopes of stopping the centre’s construction. This could potentially halt construction for multiple years, which is unacceptable, considering Latvia’s duty to resettle refugees on its territory.

Builders of Kurzeme arc electricity transmission grid currently face a similar situation – multiple litigations have been launched during construction. In this case, litigations have been launched by individuals who are not owners of territories on which the project is being built.

The Construction Law states that challenge or appeal of construction permits for projects of national interest does not halt the construction process.

Because the Cabinet of Ministers has provided Kurzeme arc project the status of an object of national interest, construction continues.

If Mucenieki centre for refugees is not provided with the status of an object of national interest and litigations are launched during construction, it could potentially put at risk the formation of a system for refugee resettlement in Latvia for the integration of migrants.

On 26 January, the government allocated EUR 3.1 million to Interior Ministry in order to cover expenses related to the expansion of the centre for refugees.

Recently the Provision State Agency stated during talks that Skonto būve would take on the responsibility of reconstructing two wings of the centre for refugees for EUR 1,849,000. Arčers construction company will reconstruct Bundulīši real estate property into a refugee centre and multi-functional centre for local residents for a total amount of EUR 1,575,027.

Bundulīši real estate property consists of land and houses with a total area of 1,908 m2. It is located close to Mucenieki centre for refugees.

It is planned that no more than 80 people will be able to stay in Mucenieki centre for refugees at the same time.

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