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Prosecutor general turns to Constitutional Court against MPC regulations

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers has submitted a case to the Constitutional Court about the non-compliance of the mandatory procurement component with the country’s Constitution.

As mentioned in the statement released by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Latvia that compliance of regulations of the Electricity Market Law to the Constitution has been fully evaluated.

Using rights detailed in the Constitution Court Law, prosecutor general submitted an official request to the Constitutional Court, asking to declare the duty stated in the Electricity Market Law – for Latvian electricity end users to cover public traders’ costs – as non-compliant with sections 91 and 105 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.

According to Section 91 of the Constitution, all human beings in Latvia shall be equal before the law and the courts. Human rights shall be realised without discrimination of any kind. Section 105 states that everyone has the right to own property. Property shall not be used contrary to the interests of the public. Property rights may be restricted only in accordance with law.

As it is known, members of the ruling coalition in Latvia have supported the initiative for the formation of work group that would prepare an evaluation of MPC and subsidized electricity system’s influence on the national economy, as well as proposals for cancellation of the MPC as a payment mechanism.

The work group will be led by Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens. Other members will include representative from energy industry organizations, colleges and state institutions. The first meeting of the work group will take place next week.

«In its current form, MPC is a fundamental, national and macroeconomic mistake that needs fixing. Existing mechanisms to reduce MPC influence will soon be exhausted. The government will have to perform the last measures to push out MPC as the last remnant of the ‘pedal to the metal’ economy. MPC should be liquidated as a form of payment for residents and businesses. Instead we have to form a kind of renewable energy production mechanism that would comply with public interests today and in the future,» says Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.


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