Flouting of construction rules in 30% of projects in Latvia

Nearly a third of public buildings in Latvia checked by planning and construction officials show signs of arbitrary construction without the correct permissions and paperwork, Svetlana Mjakuškina, director of the State Construction Control Bureau of Latvia (BVKB) said in a January 8 interview with LTV's “Morning Panorama” news program.

Violations were detected In 30% of 549 inspections carried out, Mjakuškina said. 

"We have carried out subsequent checks to make sure that the instructions previously given are properly carried out... Most of the sites are outside Riga,” Mjakuškina said.

She also pointed out that the proportion of structures deemed unsafe remained at 7-8%. These are buildings where significant improvements are needed.

“We follow up to take the necessary steps to avoid endangering passers-by. We have completely or partially closed operations at 16 sites,” Mjakuškina said.

The BVKB operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economics. Following the Zolitude disaster of 2013, the BVKB started its operation on October 1, 2014 with the aim to ensure quality and safety in the construction field according to the competences specified in regulatory enactments.

Its website includes an interactive map of construction work status and inspections (Latvian only).

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