Among the people mentioned in the report as politically and morally accountable for the terrible tragedy that claimed 54 lives in Zolitude are: former Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis, former economy ministers Artis Kampars and Daniels Pavluts, former secretaries of the Economy Ministry Anrijs Matiss and Juris Puce, Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov and head of Riga City Construction Office Inguss Vircavs.
The 80-page-long report also mentions that the committee had also assessed flaws in the work of state and municipal institutions as well as different problems with legislation. With that, the committee concluded that the policy that was in place at the time had possibly led to the tragedy.
The committee mentions that liquidation of the State Construction Inspectorate resulted in a significant drop in control over the country’s construction industry. The state re-introduced construction control only after the tragedy in Zolitude. All attempts to restore control before the tragedy were denied because the country was allegedly unable to afford it.
The construction supervision system that was previously in place in Riga municipality was ineffective and unnecessarily fractured. The same can be said of the order in accordance with which construction specialists were being certified, the construction market’s monitoring system, and flaws with regulations that made it difficult to determine the level of responsibility of participants of the construction process thereby making the work of construction monitoring institutions unnecessarily complicated.
The parliamentary committee has also come up with multiple proposals on improving the work of state and municipal institutions. The committee believes the Economy Ministry should work with non-government organizations in order to develop a document detailing the country’s construction policy for the next several years. Amendments to the Construction Law should be developed and approved with focus on in-depth construction examination and an increase of responsibility of people involved in the construction process throughout all stages.
Deputies call for a detailed definition of ‘public building’ term to be added to the Construction Law and Cabinet Requirements, as well as prevent the possibility of ambiguity in terminology. Members of the committee have also provided other proposals in hopes of improving the country’s construction industry.