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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards has no intention of paying EUR 2,046 compensation to Salaspils County Council deputy Vitālijs Berezņevs for the refusal to permit him to participate in committee meetings.

As explained by the minister’s advisor Santa Vaļuma, the verdict of the Constitutional Court of Latvia clearly states that Gerhards’ decision is not political and is subject to existing regulations regarding compliance with proportionality principle in committees.

«Chairman of a municipal administration should perform their duties and ensure realization of the council’s work by compiling lists of committee members and detailing their responsibilities. This means deputies of municipal councils should turn to the chairman with questions regarding their duties and any restrictions imposed against them,» said Vaļuma.

Salaspils County Council deputy Vitālijs Berezņevs has requested enforcement of compensation worth EUR 2,046 and an official apology from Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry for previously restricting him from taking part in committee meetings.

The deputy said he requested a public apology from the minister for illegally limiting his public rights, and a compensation for the losses caused by this restriction.

«Gerhards’ illegal and anti-constitutional act affected my subjective public rights and created both material and immaterial damages to me. With his order dated 1 August 2017, minister Gerhards singlehandedly halted the work performed by Salaspils County Council’s committee. As a result of his act, I lost the right to participate in the committee’s meetings and the ability to perform my duties as deputy, as well as remuneration for work performed in three committees – a total of EUR 2,046,» said Berezņevs.

He said actions of Gerhards and his represented ministry, doubting the integrity of Salaspils County Council and its decisions and spreading false information regarding allegedly illegal and non-democratic decisions has damaged his reputation.

The Constitutional Court has lifted the order imposed by the environment minister on Salaspils County Council’s decision regarding formation of standing committees. The court concluded that the minister has no right to halt individual acts – administrative acts and individual management decisions, as well as municipalities’ political decisions.


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