Attorney-at-law Aivar Pilv met with Nursipalu residents and communities in Võru County
Last weekend, attorney-at-law Aivar Pilv met with local people at Nursi village centre. A large part of the owners of the built-up properties related to the expansion of Nursipalu, MTÜ Meie Nursipalu, MTÜ Nursi Tegusad and other local active people were present.
The main topic of discussion was how the local community should continue to act to protect their rights and vital interests in a situation where the Ministry of Defence is planning to expand the Nursipalu military training area. Attorney-at-law Aivar Pilv explained the issues and procedures related to the administrative procedure and ways to protect the rights of the local community. A. Pilv admitted that the planned training area is a precedent in the history of Estonian law and very intensely violates the rights of individuals and the living environment: “I do not know of any such similar case where national defence interests, a significant change in the living environment and public health issues should have been considered in this kind of way before.”
In addition to the living environment and public health matters, the meeting discussed environmental protection and heritage protection as objects of public interest, as well as the fact that the expansion of the Nursipalu training area would be contrary to the development plan of Võru County. The attorney-at-law also explained the legislation principles of the regulation how the state operates while acquiring real estate in the public interest and what the owners must take into account. A. Pilv also explained the case law on the acquisition of immovable property in the public interest and the questions and questionability’s raised in the context of the protection of the the owners’ rights.
“The court is always the last and most difficult instance to defend your rights, but you have to be prepared for it if the situation requires it,” noted Aivar Pilv at the meeting. “Inevitably, it seems that there is no other way in this situation. The court would be able to verify whether the administrative body has established all the facts, weighed everything up, acted reasonably and motivated in shaping its decisions.” The attorney-at-law emphasised that it is essential for all interest groups in the prior proceedings, individuals whose rights and interests are affected and affected by the project in question, to actively submit their views, proposals and objections so that the administrative body is aware of them and considers them in the proceedings to be carried out.
This meeting was primarily intended to map out the legal issues related to the Nursipalu training area. Aivar Pilv was ready to meet the local community and people as a declaration of goodwill, not as a paid job. But he advised all landowners affected by the Nursipalu expansion to find a contractual representative for themselves, in other words: an attorney. Pilv also advised all local governments related to Nursipalu – Rõuge, Antsla and Võru rural municipalities and the city of Võru – to participate as actively as possible in the administrative proceedings related to the Nursipalu plans: to submit requests for information and, if necessary, complaints to the Ministry of Defence and the State Centre for Defence Investments.
All 217 landowners and 21 owners of built-up properties are also welcome to contact LEADELL Pilv Law Office if they are interested.