Submissions and proposals
According to Article 104 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, everyone has the right to address submissions to state or local government institutions and to receive a reply on the essence of the question.
The procedure for receiving and reviewing submissions is set forth in the Law on Submissions.
When Saeima or its units receive or process a submission, they are required to fully meet personal data protection rules.
Written submissions to the Saeima can be:
- sent in a letter addressed to:
Latvijas Republikas Saeima
Jēkaba iela 11, Riga LV-1811
- sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- submitted in person on weekdays from 9:00 to 16:30 at the Visitor and Information Centre on Jēkaba iela 16 (entrance from Trokšņu iela)
- sent by fax to +371 67087100
- dropped in the mail box in the vestibule of the main building of the Saeima on Jēkaba iela 11
- filed online by filling out the form available in the section Contact the Saeima on the Saeima website www.saeima.lv
The staff of the Visitor and Information Centre can help to put an oral submission in writing.
Following the initiative of the web-based platform ManaBalss.lv, the Saeima broadened society’s involvement in the legislative process by means of a collective submission that can be filed with the Saeima by not less than 10,000 citizens. The submission can be signed by citizens of Latvia who have reached the age of 16 on the day that the submission is filed. It is also possible to collect signatures electronically as long as the possibility to identify signatories and protect personal data is ensured.
A collective submission must contain a request to the Saeima and a brief justification of the request; it must also specify the natural person authorised to represent the signatories of the collective submission.
Format of a submission
Pursuant to the Law on Submissions, the submission should bear the full name of the submitter, as well as the reply address. The submission must be signed. The submitter is free to provide any other information that could be helpful in contacting him/her. Pursuant to the Official Language Law, the submission must be written in the official language of the Republic of Latvia.
Procedure for reviewing a submission
The Saeima provides a response on the essence of the question within a month from the day the submission is registered. If the content of the submission does not require an answer, the Saeima informs the submitter within seven weekdays that the submission has been received.
If the submission is intended for another institution, the Saeima forwards the submission to the relevant institution and within seven weekdays informs the submitter thereof.
The Law on Submissions does not apply to submissions received in an electronic form if it has not been signed with an electronic signature in accordance with the procedure set forth by legal acts. Such a submission is considered in accordance with the procedure set forth by the Saeima and by observing the principle of good governance.
Overview on received submissions
Submissions are a significant source of information which is used by committees and parliamentary groups. In order to provide MPs with an opportunity to analyse the opinions and suggestions contained in submissions filed by private entities, the Public Relations Department gathers information, prepares a monthly overview on submissions and submits it to the Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee for consideration.
Once a month, the Public Relations Department also informs the Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee on the activity of the Visitor and Information Centre of the Saeima.
The overview is published on the website of the Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee.
Processing of submissions
Information about the processing of a submission and the deadline for replying can be obtained by calling the Saeima hotline +371 67087321 (on weekdays from 8:30 to 17:00) or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Saeima provides neither official explanations of laws nor legal consultations. Neither does it solve problems of private entities, nor does it provide social assistance.