Foreign investors call for "openness" in deposit system tender

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The Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia (FICIL) has sent an open letter to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) and the State Environmental Service (VVD) with an appeal to ensure openness in considering potential operators of a packaging deposit system, the influential organization said October 16.

FICIL believes independent Latvian and foreign experts should be involved in the process.

“The Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia highly appreciate the efforts of the VARAM and VVD in preparing the amendments required in the Packaging Law and the Cabinet Regulations to implement the deposit system in Latvia, and in using these regulations to draft a procedure for reviewing the documents submitted by potential operators of the deposit system. A limited period of time has been allocated for the assessment of candidates, and the stakeholders, and the general public have a special interest in having a high quality deposit system that is implemented quickly and wisely. Thus, we invite the VVD to review the received bids by relying on the key principles of openness, transparency and fair competition,” said Dace Cīrule, the Head of the Green Economy Development Working Group of FICIL.

To ensure compliance of the deposit system with the principles of the Extended Producer Responsibility, as well as the highest degree of openness during the operator selection procedure, FICIL is asking the VVD to review all bids according to the best public procurement practices and key principles: fair and equitable competition, equal treatment of all tenderers and the best value for money.

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