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Latvia: Extension of Citizenship to Emigrants

(Oct. 25, 2013) On October 1, 2013, amendments to the Latvian Citizenship Act entered into force. (Press Release, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Amendments to Citizenship Law Come into Effect on October 1, 2013 (Oct. 1, 2013).) These amendments allow those Latvian nationals who left Latvia and acquired the citizenship of […]

Latvia: New Policy on Prior Notice of Audits

(Sept. 10, 2013) Latvia’s tax authorities announced a new audit policy on September 5, 2013. In the future, taxpayers will be informed by mail of any planned audits before those audits actually begin. At present such notice is only sent ten days prior to the scheduled start of an audit. Under the new procedure, once […]

Latvia: Smoking Parents Will Be Prosecuted

(June 5, 2013) On May 30, 2013, the Saeima (Latvia’s legislature) adopted revisions to the Protection of the Rights of the Child Law that, as stated in the Parliament’s press release, will protect a child’s right to grow up in a smoke-free environment. (Press Release, Parliamentary Press Service, Saeima Deems Smoking in the Presence of […]

Latvia: Constitutional Amendment on Russian Language Proposed

(Jan. 6, 2012) On January 3, 2012, the Central Election Commission of Latvia announced that a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would give the Russian language the status of a second official language in the country would be held on February 18, 2012. This decision followed the adoption of a Saeima (the Latvian legislature) […]

Latvia: Law on Taxes and Fees Amended

(Nov. 7, 2011) On October 13, 2011, Latvia amended its Law on Taxes and Fees; most of the new provisions will become effective on November 9. A number of the changes affect penalties. When the new Law comes into force, certain tax penalties will be reduced. These include the penalties imposed if a tax audit […]

Latvia: Restrictions on Sexual Services

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 26, 2007, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted a decree proposed by the Riga City Hall on limiting prostitution. Latvia is not a country where prostitution is legalized, but it is also not a place that prohibits the practice. According to the new rules, sexual services can be provided […]