Initiative aims to make "Castle of Light" national heritage object

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A state body tasked with preserving Latvia's cultural heritage wants to include three recently erected buildings into the register of objects protected by law, reports Latvian Radio April 4. 

The first three objects of cultural heritage to be under consideration are the National Library building, the Žanis Lipke memorial and the Villa Guna office building in Jūrmala, said Baiba Mūrniece, a high-ranking official at the State Inspection for Heritage Protection. 

She said that the inspection wants to change its approach to protecting cultural heritage, and to extend its scope of action to include objects that have been built only recently. 

To do this, government rules have to be changed, and the inspection hopes it could be adopted later this spring. 

Mūrniece said that the newest heritage is often under most threat, as several objects from the latter half of the 20th century are in dire disrepair or have already perished. "We have to assume responsibility about what's been created recently, we have to stress its value and ensure that we protect it in the future," said Mūrniece. 

On April 4 the State Inspection for Heritage Protection is hosting an event dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and plans to initiate discussion on protecting recently constructed cultural heritage. 

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