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To improve competition, Saeima supports amendments to Waste Management Law

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 30 October, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Waste Management Law to help promote competition among waste management service providers, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

«We have concluded that one of the significant factors to help resolve problems associated with waste management is listening to the Competition Council. This is why the legislative draft compiles proposals from the Competition Council to finally resolve one of the most significant tasks in the industry – promote competition,» said chairman of Saeima’s National Economy Committee Jānis Vitenbergs.

«Healthy competition would benefit every Latvian resident. Under such conditions services become of higher quality and prices become more attractive,» adds the deputy.

Amendments to the law state that municipalities or municipalities with shared waste management services whose total population exceeds EUR 50 000 are to divide their territory into at least two zones and have at least two service providers operate there.

Vitenbergs had previously stressed that in a long-term perspective this would secure efficiency and more attractive prices for residents and companies, adding that amendments also provide for more optimal public and private partnership terms. This means municipalities will be able to sign contracts with terms of up to ten years. The current redaction of the law states that the maximum term is 20 years.

The legislative draft states that Riga municipality will have to divide its administrative territory into at least three separate waste management sectors, as well as ensure its territory has at least three waste management service providers.

Read also: Waste management in Riga: four areas and seven-year waste management rights

Amendments also dictate organization of waste management services in cases when the previous contract’s term ends. Between the end of the previous contract and the signing of the new contract, the waste management service provider will continue providing their services until the new service provider has been approved.

For amendments to come to force, the Saeima needs to support them in two more readings.


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