Building authority calls for simplifying construction law

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Latvia's construction law is too bureaucratic and it should be simplified, head of the construction control bureau Pēteris Druķis told Latvian Television Monday.

Druķis said that the fact that every amendment to a building project has to be coordinated with the construction authority is "disproportionate".

"[We need] legislative changes on all levels," said Druķis.

He said that "requirements have to be simplified", and the approach of the legislation should be directed by results, not instructions.

Druķis said that amendments are being discussed with the Economics Ministry. 

He also used the interview to remark upon the safety of buildings in Rīga. According to him, 39% of inspected buildings in the Latvian capital have safety shortcomings. 

Mostly these shortcomings are of a mechanical nature and could possible lead to collapse of buildings, he said, calling for urgent repairs.

Educational and healthcare buildings are also among those found to have safety deficiencies, said Druķis.

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