Daugavpils finally has action plan for monument demolition

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Daugavpils City Council has finally submitted a timetable for the demolition of two objects glorifying the Soviet regime, said Andrejs Elksniņš, mayor of Daugavpils (Harmony) on Latvian Television's broadcast 'Šodienas jautājums' September 13.

On the other hand, Environment and Regional Development Minister Arturs Toms Plešs (Development/For!) said that no such timetable had been received by the beginning of the LTV broadcast. If it is received, experts will analyze on Wednesday whether the proposed timetable complies with the requirements of the law. Elksniņš said it did.

Initially, the City Council should launch a procurement procedure in which it will be possible to ascertain the funding needed for the demolition of the objects.

The meeting of the Daugavpils City Council will then be announced, in which it will be decided to raise the necessary funding. Elksniņš stressed that the convening of a council meeting on funding would only be possible after the completion of the procurement procedure.

He predicted that such a council meeting could be convened provisionally at the end of October. At the same time, Elksnins said the city council would comply with the requirements of the law, which stipulate that all Soviet-glorifying monuments must be demolished until November 15.

As reported earlier by LSM, due to the inaction of the Daugavpils City Council and its Mayor Andrejs Elksniņš in dismantling occupation-glorifying objects, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) is considering the possibility of dismissing the City Council.

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