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Legislative Initiatives from President of Latvia

Proposed legislation of the President of Latvia on the Council for the Judiciary

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis called for necessary amendments to the law to strengthen the powers, capacity, and management of the Council for the Judiciary in his letter to the Madam Speaker of the Saeima on 14 June 2016. The proposed legislation is based on a report of the Commission for Legal Environment Improvement of the President of Latvia of 24 May 2016 regarding opportunities for improvement of the work of the Council for the Judiciary.
 
President of Latvia has called on the Saeima to base drafting of similar amendments to the Law “On Judiciary” on the report of the Commission for Legal Environment Improvement. Such amendments to the law would allow the provision of better preconditions for the ability of the Council for the Judiciary to influence the development of the judicial system significantly and would promote certainty of the legal environment and public trust in the judiciary.

The President of Latvia submitted a draft law “Amendments to the National Security Law”

The President of Latvia submitted a draft law “Amendments to the National Security Law” to the Saeima for consideration aimed at improvement of the regulation of action of senior officials and authorities of the state in the event of external threat so that they could prevent threats to independence of the country, its constitutional order and territorial integrity more efficiently. The draft law includes a definition of wartime and states that the Commander in Chief as a legitimate state power body for wartime is only empowered to act if the Cabinet of Ministers is delayed to perform their function due to the reasons caused by national threat and there is an urgent need to adopt appropriate decisions on national defence. Also, the draft law provides that subjects of the national security system cannot be prohibited to execute their duties under the National Security Law to respond to military aggression immediately.

The President submitted a draft law “Amendments to the Law on the National Armed Forces”

The President of Latvia submitted a draft law “Amendments to the Law on the National Armed Forces” to the Saeima for consideration. The amendment aims at ensuring fast and efficient cooperation and exchange of information between the Cabinet of Ministers and management of the National Armed Forces in the event of war or a state of exception to overcome the national threat and eliminate its consequences. The draft law provides that the Commander of the National Armed Forces or his authorised person participates in the meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers in an advisory capacity during a state of war or a state of exception.

The President submitted a draft law “Amendments to the Law on the Structure of the Cabinet of Ministers”

The President of Latvia submitted a draft law “Amendments to the Law on the Structure of the Cabinet of Ministers” to the Saeima for consideration. The amendment to the Law on the Structure of the Cabinet of Ministers will enable to ensure decisive action of the Cabinet of Ministers in the event of a national threat. For dynamic response under situations of national threat and provision of operational flow of information and decision-making, the draft law shall enable the Cabinet of Ministers to make decisions during a state of war or a state of exception if the Prime Minister and at least three other Members of the Cabinet attend the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.