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Daugavpils mayor and SLC still argue; mandate-revoking procedure postponed indefinitely

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s State Language Centre will submit its requests to revoke Daugavpils City Council Chairman Rihards Eigims’ mandate to court once the final decision regarding his use of state language has come to force, as reported by the centre. Eigims is prepared to defend himself in court.

Eigims had previously said his knowledge skills are sufficient to perform his duties, communicate with residents and colleagues, as well as to defend the city’s interests in different structures.

In accordance with Law on the Status of the Deputy of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council, the State Language Centre has a duty to submit to court requests to revoke deputies’ mandates if it is found out repeatedly that their state language skills do not meet the required level established by the Cabinet of Ministers. SLC has found that Eigims in particular does not use the state language on the required level.

Similarly, Eigims has used his rights and has submitted a complaint to the centre regarding the decision made in the administrative violation case revolving around his state language skills. SLC will submit a request to court to revoke his mandate once the final decision regarding his language skills has come to force.

As it is known, in spite of SLC’s conclusion that his language skills do not meet the required level, Eigims is prepared to continue working as Daugavpils mayor.

State Language Centre’s representative Sarmīte Pāvulēna had previously reported the institution’s intention to request revoking Eigims mandate for not using state language when performing his duties. In response to an application, SLC found that Eigims has failed to comply with the requirement to use state language in his duties at the highest level. After reporting his violation, the centre gave Eigims six months to improve his language skills. However, the centre says the mayor’s skills have not improved at all.

«Chairman of a city council should have no problems with language skills. A person in such an important post should speak state language freely. Unfortunately, this is not the case here,» says Pāvulēna.

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis had previously told Latvijas Radio’s programme Krustpunktā that the matter with Eigims is not politicized.

Law on the Status of the Deputy of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council states that a deputy’s mandate can be revoked with a ruling from a regional court if his or her language skills do not match the required level.

If the State Language Centre finds that a deputy’s state language skills do not fit the specific level established by the Cabinet of Ministers, the institution is to inform the deputy in written form and invite them to improve their skills. The deputy then has to improve their language skills to a specific level within the allotted period of time.

After a specific period of time the deputy then has to undergo a test. If the deputy fails to attend it or their score is too low, the State Language Centre has the authority to turn to court with a request to revoke that deputy’s mandate.


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