Commission to decide on Laval soon

  • 2005-05-11
  • From wire reports
RIGA - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis that the EU executive would decide by June whether to send Sweden a formal warning over insufficient transposition of EU law in connection with restricting operations of Latvia's construction company Laval un Partneri.

Barroso said in his letter that all businesses operating on the EU common market should gain from its principles envisaging free movement of services and labor. "The EC president said that the case of Latvia's construction company is complicated enough and should be decided based on the practice of the European Court of Justice," Kalvitis' press office said in a statement.

Laval un Partneri director Guntars Tiltins said he was satisfied with the EC's position. "We hope very much that the European Court of Justice will hear our case and rule on the merit, guiding by common European provisions of law," said Tiltins.

He added that it would likely require the Court of Justice 1 - 2 years to rule on the case.