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Congress conducts Latvian monitoring visit
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Congress conducts Latvian monitoring visit

12/09/17Government

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Latvia from 12 to 14 September 2017.

Co-rapporteurs on local democracy, Xavier Cadoret, France, and Mac Cools, Belgium, will examine the situation on local democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self Government, ratified by the country in 1996.

The countries which have ratified the European Charter of Local Self Government are bound by its provisions. The charter requires compliance with a minimum number of rights, which form the European foundation of local self-government.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities ensures that these principles are observed.

Several high-level meetings are scheduled, including one with Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola, and Janis Eglits, parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

The delegation will also participate in further meetings with Sergejs Dolgopolovs, chair of the Public Administration and Local Government Parliament’s Committee, Jānis Vucāns, chair of the Budget and Finance Parliament’s Committee, Juris Jansons, ombudsman, as well as Judge Sanita Osipkova, vice-president of the Constitutional Court, and Elita Krūmiņa, auditor general for the State Audit Office.

Rapporteurs will hold discussions with the Mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, as well as representatives from local authorities of cities, including Ventspils, Daugavpils, and Nereta.

Further, Cadoret and Cools will exchange views with the National Delegation of Latvia to the Congress and representatives of the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments.

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