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Latvian Saeima approves new regulations for volunteer activities

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFrom now on, volunteer activities will not be allowed to be organized or performed in order to make profits. In addition, it will not be allowed to attract volunteers to participate in political or religious activities or use them to replace employees. This decision was made by the Saeima in conceptual support of Social and Employment Matters Committee’s bill On Volunteer Activities this Thursday, April 10th.

This bill recognizes volunteer activities as physical or intellectual labour performed by private persons voluntarily, to benefit society. This includes preparation and organization of national events.

Volunteer work will not be allowed to be performed in hopes of gaining monetary profits. Volunteers will not be allowed to be asked to participate in religious or political activities and are not to be used to replace existing employees.

Persons between the ages of 13 and 15 will be allowed to perform volunteer activities only with written consent from legal representatives.

The new redaction of the law allows volunteer activities to be organized by associations, state enterprises and municipalities, as well as religious and political parties.

Legal relations between organizers and volunteers are to be set during talks about the kind of work and the necessary volume of work volunteers are expected to perform. Talks should include clear terms, conditions, rights and liabilities of both parties. The two sides are expected to sign a contract if one of the participating parties requests this or if it is planned to cover expenses related to volunteer work.

The bill clarifies rights and liabilities of organizers and volunteers.

Commenting the development progress of the bill, Chairwoman of Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee Aija Barca noted: ‘No one has doubts about the necessity for this law. We have had many discussions with NGO’s about this. The bill that was initially submitted to the Saeima raised more questions than answers. Its overall complexity forced the Saeima to form a work group to develop an alternative bill in cooperation with specialists.’

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