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Minister issues order to halt illegal decision made by Ķekava County Council

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaaspars Gerhards has issued an order that halts the illegal decision made by Ķekava County Council regarding changes to the composition of its committees.

After reviewing the number of deputies elected in Ķekava County Council from political parties and the ratio of deputies in different committees, the ministry concluded that requirements of the Municipalities Law were not complied with in the formation of the finance committee; education, culture and sports committee, as well as economic activities committee. The ministry had previously told the municipality about problems in its regulations.

The ministry states that the Municipalities Law has it written clear as day that members of committees are only allowed to step down once the council has made a decision to relieve them of duties after a written request has been submitted for review. Because four members of a committee had not submitted their written request before being relieved of duties, the ministry has concluded that the decision of the council is in breach of regulations.

In a letter sent to Ķekava County Council on 11 April, the ministry detailed how and why the decision was against the rules and should be cancelled. In addition, ministry’s representatives also met with the council’s chairman and members, detailing the ministry’s opinion in regards to this matter.

Unfortunately, this did not result in the cancellation of the controversial order. In a letter sent on 26 April, Ķekava County Council told the ministry that it sees no problems with their decision. On 7 May 2018, the council asked the ministry to provide justifications for its request to change the order. The ministry, on the other hand, states that all arguments and proof, both written and verbal, has already been provided, Gerhards says.


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