Comments concerning the State Language Law of Latvia and its implementing regulations, 2000

I INTRODUCTION 1. The present note contains non-exhaustive comments of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe concerning the State Language Law of Latvia as well as its implementing regulations, both of which entered into force on 1 September 2000. The general comments are followed by comments relating to selected themes. It goes without saying … Continue reading "Comments concerning the State Language Law of Latvia and its implementing regulations, 2000"

The Russian minority in the Baltic States and the enlargement of the EU (excerpts), 1999

The views expressed in this document are not necessarily those held by the European Parliament as an institution. [..] IV. LATVIA In its Regular report on Latvia, the Commission noted that the developments in Latvia confirm the conclusion it reached in 1997: Latvia’s institutions continue to function smoothly and it fulfils the Copenhagen political criteria. … Continue reading "The Russian minority in the Baltic States and the enlargement of the EU (excerpts), 1999"

HCNM statement on draft amendments to Latvian citizenship law, 1998

“I welcome the decision of the Government of Latvia to support my recommendation regarding the complete abolition of the so-called “window” system for naturalization. “I equally welcome the decision of the Government to support my recommendation to grant Latvian citizenship without having to pass tests to all children born in Latvia since August 21, 1991, … Continue reading "HCNM statement on draft amendments to Latvian citizenship law, 1998"