Public consultation concluded with 16 opinions from various stakeholders – non-government and business organizations and public bodies.
From 26 January to 26 February the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee of the Saeima invited public to participate in public consultation and submit comments and recommendations regarding the document called “Basic regulatory principles of transparent interest representation. Public consultations before a draft law at the Saeima.”
The document was prepared by the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee of the Saeima, in particular its Working Group for Transparent Lobbying Framework chaired by MP Inese Voika. The Saeima’s working group was convened in the autumn of 2019, and in the spring of 2020 its operations were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemics.
The public consultation was aimed to collect the views and opinions of all stakeholders about the need for such regulation in Latvia, and to receive proposals for further drafting of the law. During the public consultation, the Committee received 16 opinions from various non-governmental and business organizations and public bodies. All opinions are available in Latvian.
Civic Alliance – Latvia comments on the lobbying regulation in Latvia.
When thinking about the new regulation of interest representation and its implementation into practice, it is important to guarantee equal opportunities and the right of all stakeholders to participate in the decision-making process. This means that equal opportunities and capacity should be enjoyed by parties representing economic interests, as well as parties representing democratic interests,” comments Kristīne Zonberga, Director of Civic Alliance Latvia
Finance Latvia Association comments on the lobbying regulation in Latvia.
Advocacy Consultant and Founder of the PR Agency “Deep White” Egle Klekere comments on the lobbying regulation in Latvia.
“Interest representation is an important part of business strategies of many business companies, and it is very important for a democratic decision-making process. But with one condition — everyone has an equal opportunity to access this clash of political ideas,” comments Egle Klekere