On the 20th anniversary of the Administrative Procedure Law, lilac is planted in the garden of the Presidential residence
17 June, 2021
After 20 years, the drafters of the Administrative Procedure Law meet again – (from left) Uldis Petersons, Dace Mita, Normunds Salenieks, Egils Levits, Veronika Krumina, Gunta Visnakova, Jautrite Briede, and Arvids Dravnieks
May Latvia – the state governed by the rule of law – always be like a flowering lilac bush! On June 16, on the 20th anniversary of the Law, such a wish was expressed by the working group for the drafting of the Administrative Procedure Law, when a lilac bush was presented to State President Egils Levits and planted in the garden of the Presidential residence – Riga Castle.
When Latvia’s independence was restored, Egils Levits became the author and promoter of the idea and concept of the new Administrative Procedure Law. Therefore, the members of the working group for the drafting of the Law – Arvids Dravnieks, Jautrite Briede, Gunta Visnakova gave the President a gift symbolizing the administrative justice.
Veronika Krumina, Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate, said that lilac is a symbol of home. Therefore, they wish for everyone in Latvia to feel safe like at home and "since people often seek and find flowers of good luck in lilac bushes, they wish that in Latvia everyone finds happiness".
Administrative courts mark this year as the centenary of the administrative justice, as in 1921 the Constitutional Assembly adopted the Law on Administrative Courts. Another significant anniversary is the adoption of the modern Administrative Procedure Law 20 years ago. Lilacs have been chosen as the symbol of the centenary of administrative justice, and they will be planted both by the building of administrative courts and in other places relevant to this area of law.
Whereas, in the garden of the Presidential residence, the lilac of administrative justice will be the beginning of a new alley, to which Egils Levits intends to add other lilac bushes.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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Photos by the Chancery of the President of Latvia