CLRA Recommendation 317 “Local and regional democracy in Latvia” (excerpts), 2011

4. The Congress notes with concern that:


f. in spite of the efforts made by the Latvian authorities to promote social cohesion, there are still restrictions on the participation in public affairs of non-citizens who identify with a national minority, including the failure to allow them to vote in local elections.

5. The Congress recommends that the Committee of Ministers invite the Latvian authorities to:


f. to grant non-citizens the right to vote in local elections with a view to speeding up the process of integrating them into Latvian society that has already started;
g. to give consideration, in the near future, to signing and then ratifying the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority (CETS No. 207), as well as Protocol No. 3 to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities concerning Euroregional Co-operation Groupings (ECGs) (CETS No. 206).

Document data: 317(2011), 20.10.2011. Link: (also available in Russian at )

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