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.
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 email@example.com
- 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
The staff of the Visitor and Information Centre can help to put an oral submission in writing.
A collective submission may be filed with the Saeima by at least 10,000 citizens of Latvia. 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
In order to receive a reply, the submitter should indicate his/her first name, surname and address to which the reply should be sent. The submission should be signed. The submitter may provide any other information that could be helpful in contacting him/her.
Procedure for reviewing a submission
The Saeima provides a reply on the essence of the question within a month from the day the submission is received. 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. Therefore, the Public Relations Department of the Saeima gathers information, prepares an overview of submissions received from individuals, and submits it to the Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee of the Saeima, which is composed of one member from each parliamentary group.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.