Au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Riga City Coun­cil and Rus­sian de­sign com­pany

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Lat­vian Se­cu­rity Po­lice has com­menced an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Riga City Coun­cil and Rus­sian Giprostro­j­most, which is a com­pany un­der EU and US sanc­tions.

Be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in its early stages, Se­cu­rity Po­lice re­fuses to com­ment on this mat­ter.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported by Nekā per­son­īga pro­gramme of TV3, Riga City Coun­cil co­op­er­ates with Rus­sian Giprostro­j­most com­pany, which is re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing the Crimean Bridge. This com­pany is also un­der in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions.

In re­sponse, Riga City Coun­cil’s Trans­port Depart­ment ex­plained that in June, af­ter the Saeima ap­proved amend­ments to the Law on In­ter­na­tional Sanc­tions and Na­tional Sanc­tions of the Re­pub­lic of Latvia, the depart­ment re­ceived a let­ter from the For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry. This let­ter men­tioned that the ban on co­op­er­a­tion with com­pa­nies ap­plied with in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions does not ap­ply to ten­ders com­menced be­fore the ap­proval of the law amend­ments. The same thing was told to the Pro­cure­ment Mon­i­tor­ing Bureau. The co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with G.B.V., which in­cludes Giprostro­j­most, was signed by the depart­ment in 2016, be­fore the com­pany was ap­plied with in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions. The agree­ment was signed in re­la­tion to the de­sign and su­per­vi­sion over East­ern high­way sec­tion from Ier­iķu Street to Vi­etal­vas Street. Ac­cord­ing to Una Ahu­naO­zola, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Riga City Coun­cil’s Trans­port Depart­ment, this is they only ac­tive con­tract be­tween the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Giprostro­j­most.

«Con­sid­er­ing the afore­men­tioned, Trans­port Depart­ment in­vites For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry to with­draw its state­ment made to Nekā per­son­īga that if the depart­ment con­tin­ues work­ing with the Rus­sian com­pany it could re­sult in crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity,» said Ahuna-Ozola. At the same time, she said de­sign work is al­most done. Giprostro­j­most’s con­tri­bu­tion was 3.8%. «Con­sid­er­ing the amount of work, the fact that this is a project co-fi­nanced by the Euro­pean Union and that it needs to be fin­ished by the end of 2020, Trans­port Depart­ment sees no rea­son to ter­mi­nate the con­tract,» ex­plains the depart­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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