Secure and predictable legal environment is one of fundamental requirements for development of fair business and attraction of foreign investments; therefore, judges of the Supreme Court also participate in high-level discussions on improvement of legal environment in Latvia.

On 27 May, Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, visited meeting of the Government and Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia (FICIL).

Assessing previous performance, businessmen evaluated attempts of the Government to improve normative environment in Latvia and to promote transparent and predictable   operation of the court system. The progress report on implementation of FICIL recommendations in field of protection of investments stresses that several recommendation given by FICIL regarding the strengthening of judiciary have been partly implemented. Publishing of court rulings, training of judges and public servants, conferences and opportunities for other continuous professional development promoting uniformity of case-law, have been appreciated.

It was the twentieth meeting of such kind already; therefore performance in certain prior fields, and recommendations for improvement of efficiency of system of justice, and other improvement necessary in business environment were discussed. The work should be continued, improving efficiency of courts, ensuring uniform and predictable application of legal provisions, promoting valuable and secure use of e-environment, and implementing other measures, which would increase public trust and confidence to power of system of justice and law in the state.  

One day before the meeting in the Cabinet of Ministers, the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia organised panel discussion “Back to Future” – on risks and solutions, when creating attractive business and investment environment in Latvia.  During the event, Heads of FICIL’s work groups, together with experts and policy-makers, assessed performance in field of development of business environment since restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia, and discussed risks and urgent tasks to be carried out to avoid decrease of amount of investments.  The system of justice was represented in the discussion by Dzintars Rasnacs, the Minister for Justice, and Janis Neimanis, the judge of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court.

However, on 3 June, the discussion “Rule of Law in Insolvency – for Strong National Economy” was held in the Saeima (Parliament), organised by the Saeima in cooperation with Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia.

Solvita Aboltina, the Chair of the National Security Committee and Judicial Policy Sub-committee of the Saeima, Dzintars Rasnacs, the Minister for Justice, Eriks Kalnmeiers, the Prosecutor General, Aigars Strupiss, the judge of the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court,  Evika Silina, the Parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Peteris Bauska, the Head of the Department on Combating of Economic Offences of the Head Department of Criminal Police, and Neil Jenning, the businessman and investor, participated in panel discussion on insolvency and rule of law.

 

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