Latvia in no hurry to investigate collapsed roof

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eurotopics

54 people died a year ago in Riga when the roof of a supermarket collapsed. The Internet portal Tvnet takes stock of what has been done since the tragedy: “It was the worst disaster since Latvia achieved independence in 1991. … The building had even been awarded the Latvian architecture prize. Yet so far none of the prize-winners has stepped forward to make a public apology. … The state didn’t stop the business activities of building company Re&Re after the tragedy, and the latter continues its work on the country’s biggest construction projects [Riga Castle and the National Museum]. … The chief public prosecutor has yet to name the culprits, and the criminal police don’t seem to be in any hurry either … It took parliament a year to set up a committee of inquiry. So far the question of who was to blame has only been answered by the construction companies that built the supermarket and Riga’s mayor: as far as they’re concerned the state is to blame.”

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