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Eco Baltia concerned about possible complications in waste management procurement in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Eco Baltia supervisory board has sent a letter of warning to Getliņi EKO, Clean R and CREB Rīga alerting them about possible serious complications in the procurement on «Private partner selection for providing the Riga municipal waste management system», says Eco Baltia supervisory council member Viesturs Tamužs.

He stresses that according to Eco Baltia supervisory board, Eco Baltia vide’s officials have acted contrary to statutes and coordination procedures and may have also breached regulatory acts of the Republic of Latvia.

Tamužs says Eco Baltia supervisory board has sent a letter of warning to Getliņi EKO, Clean R and CREB Rīga alerting them about possible serious complications in the procurement on «Private partner selection for providing the Riga municipal waste management system».

According to him, the appointment of Eco Baltia group company Eco Baltia vide Board Member Māris Simanovičs, as well as the closing of the deal between Getliņi Eko and Clean R occurred contrary to the Eco Baltia vide, Eco Baltia grupa, as well as Eco Baltia statute procedures, namely, violating the coordination procedures set out in the statutes for making important decisions. The Eco Baltia supervisory board is conducting and investigation of the Company’s internal rules of procedure, as well as possible violations of regulatory acts.

«I’m turning the attention of potential cooperation partners to the previously mentioned facts, taking into account that the results of the investigation, should the confirm our expressed concerns, could have long-term consequences, including a basis for disputing the legality of documents signed by Eco Baltia vide board members,» indicates the Eco Baltia supervisory board chair.

Tamužs emphasises that Eco Baltia vide board members Māris Simanovičs and Jānis Aizbalts have signed documents related to the procurement no only without receiving the Eco Baltia supervisory board’s approval defined in the statutes and internal procedure documents, but even acting outright contrary to that, which is defined in board decisions.

«An evaluation of the reasons for the previously mentioned actions is currently being conducted, without also excluding the risk of corruptive transactions. I’m bringing the attention of possible cooperation partners to the possibility that while investigating the previously mentioned conditions competent law enforcement authorities will be involved in accordance with the law,» warns Tamužs in the letter sent to the aforementioned environment management companies.

As it is known, Getliņi EKO has declared CREB Rīga the winner of the EUR 686.3 million worth procurement on Private partner selection for providing the Riga municipal waste management system

CREB Riga unites two public waste management service providers Clean R and Eco Baltia vide. Eco Baltia vide owns 20% of shares in CREB Riga, whereas Clean R owns 80%.

The winner of the procurement will provide Riga household waste management services and investments in the next 20 years.

Tamužs is the chairman of the supervisory board of Eco Baltia. He also owns 16.68% of shares. As many shares are owned by Simanovičs, who is in charge of Eco Baltia’s owned Eco Baltia Group, which owns Eco Baltia vide.

Undīne Būde is deputy supervisory board chairperson of Eco Baltia. Like Tamužs and Simanovičs, she owns 16.68% of shares.

Another 19.46% of shares are owned by Limited joint-stock partnership Otrais Eko fonds, whereas 30.51% of shares are owned by European Reconstruction and Development Bank. The company’s supervisory council also includes Eduards Ekarts, Peter Niklas Hjelt and Uldis Tēraudkalns.

As previously reported, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has asked the prosecutor’s office to raise charges against Tamužs and Saeima deputy Atis Zakatistovs from KPV LV for fraud in large amounts. The Prosecutor General’s Office has commenced Tamužs’ criminal prosecution.

Both Zakatistovs and Tamužs deny accusations. Zakatistovs told journalists that accusations are baseless because he had provided consultations to Eco Baltia Grupa regarding waste management matters in the European Union.  KNAB believes Zakatistovs did not provide any consultations.

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