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RP: episode with the stairs to CM building shows lack of construction regulation

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Аuthor: Evija Trifanova/LETAEven though everyone is equal before the law, the current construction regulations often make hostages out of builders and developers. The recent episode with the stairs to the Cabinet of Ministers building shows this in a very clear way, Chairman of the National Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Regional Policy Commission Vyacheslav Dombrovskis says.

“Amendments to the current Construction Law, currently being prepared for submission to the Saeima, will make the process of challenging construction permits faster, more honest and more transparent”, – he adds.

Amendments to the Construction Law provide – if a request to halt construction is submitted to the court simultaneously with the plea, the court is to decide on this matter along with initiating proceedings. On the other hand – if the plaintiff does not submit a request to halt construction, the construction permit’s validity is not declared forfeit. Therefore, the construction permit challenging process will require the court’s decision, Saeima faction’s Reform Party’s (RP) press-secretary Kaspars Odins reports.

The current Construction Law does not offer any opportunities to make this process more transparent and honest for residents and builders. Quite the opposite, it allows corruption risks and such absurd situations like the one with the Cabinet of Ministers, Dombrovskis says.

BNN previously reported that the National Values Preservation Mission association is attempting to stop the reconstruction of the staircase of the Cabinet of Ministers building by challenging the construction permit issued by Riga City Council. The association was founded nearly four months ago, and its founders are related to the SIA Pro Dev construction company, which previously unsuccessfully participated in a several procurement projects of the State Treasury.

Director of the State Chancellery Elita Dreimane is concerned that this association may have been founded on behalf of a third party, hiding behind would be painful problems of society. “Such things are not a rarity. It is clear that this ruins the impression about a civil association and its mission – to represent society’s interests. Such scenarios paralyse building reconstruction projects and create significant complications for their work (organization of foreign visits, making it impossible for the Cabinet of Ministers to carry out social and widely attended events). This is why it is important to assess construction regulation and prevent the possibilities of unjustified attempts to stop construction processes because of personal interests,” – as Dreimane told BNN.

Director of the State Chancellery notes that the institution had consultations with Sustento organization prior to beginning the staircase reconstruction project. Sustento is a strategic partner of the government in the carrying out of different social projects. Sustento is one of the most competent organizations in Latvia that represents invalids. It should be said that the reconstruction of the staircase of the Cabinet of Ministers was initiated last autumn. The project was to be finished in the middle of February 2013, but access to the government building is still only available through the Supreme Court.

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