Riga City Council not given up hope to create waste management monopoly - Abrama

  • 2020-01-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Riga City Council has not given up the hope to create a waste management monopoly, the Competition Council's outgoing head Skaidrite Abrama said in an interview with TV3 channel Thursday.

Abrama said that the rules of the waste management tender organized by the city council includes a provision that the procurement will remain valid until the Competition Council takes a decision on the matter without finding violations. "This means that Riga City Council has not given up the hope to create a monopoly in Riga. The city council has not changed the way of thinking," said Abrama.

She noted that this situation does not encourage serious candidates to take part in the competition. "Which serious investor will take part in the waste management tender when there is this provision allowing Riga City Council to invalidate the results of the tender at any time,"  Abrama said.

As reported, the Riga City Council has announced a new tender to provide waste management services in the capital city based on the new waste management regulations. 

January 16, 2020 is the deadline for bids in the waste management tender. However, Eco Baltia Vide company has submitted a complaint about the new waste management tender announced by the Riga City Council and the date for hearing the complaint has yet to be announced. 

It has also been reported that the Riga City Council and Getlini EKO landfill had entered into a EUR 686.3 million public-private partnership to manage household waste in Riga with CREB Riga, a company set up by two environmental service providers - Clean R and Eco Baltia Vide.

At the beginning of June, 2019, Getlini EKO and CREB Riga established joint venture Rigas Vides Pakalpojumi, later renamed Tiriga, which was supposed to provide household waste management services in Riga for the next twenty years.

On September 9, 2019 the Competition Council banned Tiriga from signing agreements with the residents of Riga and initiated infringement proceedings against Riga City Council and Getlini EKO, suspected of possibly violating the prohibition of abuse of dominant position.