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Riga City Council proposes current providers of waste collection services to continue work.

RIGA, Sept 11 (LETA) - The Riga City Council has proposed the current providers of waste collection and management services to continue work even though agreements with them have been terminated, said Riga Mayor Olegs Burovs (Honor to Serve Riga) in an interview with the public television today.

He said that this morning he will receive replies from all four operators. Burovs voiced concerns that the two small operators who serve 12 percent of the capital might not be ready to continue work.

The Riga mayor said that the current service providers are ready to continue their services if a negotiations procedure is announced and a new agreement with new tariffs is signed. The local government can arrange this in a couple of days, but residents will not manage to sign the new agreements. If the state of emergency is declared in the capital, this would allow residents to sign agreements in a longer period of time, said Burovs.

At the same time, he said that the local government will act the same in both situations - if the status of emergency is declared or if it is not. In the latter case, however, there might some legal problems occur.

He confirmed that the local government will do everything possible so that garbage piles in the Latvian capital do not grow after September 15.

As reported, the government on Tuesday could not reach agreement on declaring a state of emergency in Riga due to a crisis in the city's waste management system, but urged the Riga City Council to act in accordance with the Competition Council's ruling.

The ministers agreed that the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry would have to ensure that the Riga City Council acts in accordance with the Competition Council's decision. The Riga City Council will have to inform the ministry about its actions. If necessary, the government will convene for an extraordinary meeting in order to decide on declaring a state of emergency.

The Competition Council banned the newly-established monopoly Tiriga from signing contracts with residents of Riga.

Currently the waste collection and management services in Riga are provided by four operators - Clean R, Eco Baltia Vide, who both have joined in a new venture that won the tender, Pilsetvidess Serviss and Lautus.

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