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Full transition to electronic documents in construction sector planned for 2019

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring a meeting on 17 September, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported the amendments to Construction Law developed by Economy Ministry. These amendments provide for a full transition to electronic document handling in the country’s construction sector starting from 2019. This includes submission, decision-making processes and coordination – all of these processes will be performed using Construction Information System, as confirmed by Economy Ministry.

Amendments provide for a full transition to use of electronic documents in the construction process starting from 1 January 2019. Municipalities that are not yet ready to transition to full electronic document circulation have been given an option to include room for a transition period. Still transition must happen no later than 31 December 2019.

After the end of the transition period, construction approval and coordination process will have to be carried out and continued only in electronic process. Once exception will apply to construction processes that commenced on paper – it will be allowed to complete such construction processes without term restriction, the ministry says.

Circulation of electronic documents will allow any construction process participants access to Construction Information System regardless of their location, the ministry explains.

The ministry also explains that amendments to the law cross out the duty to publish information on municipality’s website and preserve the duty to provide appropriate information to Construction Information System, thereby ensuring access to a wide range of information in one place.

Construction offices or institutions performing similar functions will make decisions and coordinate plans using Construction Information System. This will help reduce administrative burden for all sides involved in construction administration process. Institutions will be able to inform participants if documents they need are available in Construction Information System.

To expand the range of people who are allowed to authorize others to represent them in construction administration process, the legislative draft allows for construction initiators to not only authorize construction specialists but also any other private person. The goal is making the entire process cheaper and more convenient for people.

Ministry says: «At the same time, we would like to inform that currently opportunities provided by Construction Information System are available for nearly all construction offices in Latvia’s municipalities. Contracts for the use of the system have signed by all Latvian municipalities except for Riga».


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