RIGA - Solutions are currently being sought to start construction of a new prison in the southwestern Latvian city of Liepaja a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said today after the weekly coalition cooperation meeting.
Karins indicated that while working on this year's budget an agreement was reached to begin the construction of Liepaja Prison in 2022.
"As far as I know a way is being sought to do this a year earlier. I believe that we will work into that direction," the prime minister said.
Gatis Eglitis, a politician of the New Conservative Party, said that the question about the new prison will soon reach the government's agenda.
Asked whether the prison project has been included in the investment package earmarked for the recovery of the Latvian economy following the Covid-19 crisis, Eglitis said that it has not been included in this package.
Construction of Liepaja Prison would have to be funded from a different source on which the government is expected to decide soon, the politician said.
He noted that Liepaja Prison in one of the already prepared infrastructure projects and that its implementation could help fuel the economy after the crisis.
As reported, at the beginning of 2019 Abora was selected to build theLiepaja Prison complex, offering to implement the project for EUR 113.6 million - less than all the other bidders.
However, after deciding against concluding the contract with Abora, the government said that an international tender would be organized to select a builder.