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The letters of the President of Latvia regarding significant legislative issues

Letter from the President of Latvia to the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee of the Saeima on assessment of state budget spending

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis sent a letter to the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee of the Saeima on 6 November 2015 by proposing to supplement the Law on Budget and Financial Management and stipulating that the government should ensure continuous assessment of state budget spending and state functions in accordance with the objectives of national development. The President's proposal was submitted for spending of base state budget would be more transparent further on and ensuring greater parliamentary control over the formation and execution of the state budget.

 

Supplements to the Law would ensure strategic assessment of state budget spending and would enable to implement a systematic approach to purposeful and efficient distribution of limited state budget funds. The initiative of the President of Latvia provides that the Cabinet of Ministers shall issue corresponding regulations and define a list of areas, sectors of the national policy and state functions to be assessed as priority before 1 March 2016.

 

Letter from the President of Latvia to the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima on a draft law “On Amendments to the Criminal Law”

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis sent a letter to the Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima regarding the amendments to the Criminal Law on 18 March 2016, where he stated: “In order to prevent probability to infringe the fundamental human rights, I call for stipulating explicitly that criminal liability can arise from unconstitutional activity. Everyone must understand from the text of the Criminal Law provisions what actions will be criminalized further on.”

 

President of Latvia drew attention of the Saeima to several controversial definitions of the amendments to the law requiring a clearer and more precise wording so that the proposed statutory solutions would not contradict the Satversme and international commitments of Latvia. Having acquainted with the amendments to the Criminal Law Code, the President of Latvia concluded that such a significant issue for the country was decided in a hasty manner.

 

Raimonds Vējonis has already pointed out that the proposed wording of the Criminal Law provisions can lead to infringement of fundamental rights: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association, as well as the rule of law are core values of our country, thus it is necessary to develop a clear and unambiguous legal framework that does not allow any chance for infringement of those fundamental rights.