After quorum not met in three straight meetings, ministry will add this to the bill for the dismissal of the Riga City Council - Puce

  • 2020-02-06
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry will propose to add to its bill for the dismissal of the Riga City Council additional argumentation after a quorum was not met in three straight Riga City Council meetings, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development) told members of the press today.

The ministry will submit the mentioned proposal already today to the Saeima Budget and Finance Committee.

The Budget and Finance Ministry is expected to review the dismissal bill during a meeting next week, and if it is forwarded to Saeima the first reading in parliament could also be held next week.

As reported, a quorum was not met for the third Riga City Council meeting in a row today, meaning that Saeima now has a legal basis for the dismissal of the Riga City Council. 

According to the Law on Local Governments, it a local government meeting fails to meet three times in a row for one reason of another, MPs then have the opportunity to decide on the dismissal of the respective local government.

For a meeting to be quorate, at least 31 Riga City Council members have to attend it. Only 23 City Council members attended today's meeting.

The meeting was not attended by any opposition City Council members today, as well as some members of Honor to Serve Riga.

As reported, Burovs, whose coalition has fallen apart, has agreed with the opposition parties to convene three council meetings that would not be quorate, thus creating a legal basis for dissolution of the Riga City Council.