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To avoid «sudden confusion», government to postpone Administrative Liability Law

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Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš

The coming into force of the new Administrative Liability Law in Latvia is planned to be postponed until mid-2020, said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a meeting of the Cooperation Council.

Kariņš explains that so far the de-codification process has amended more than 90 laws and another 20 laws are in the middle of review.

«We want for the process to conclude and to ensure there is no confusion among residents and law enforcement officers. To ensure there is no sudden confusion in January, we plan to propose postponing the coming into force of the law until mid-2020,» said the prime minister.

Last year, the Saeima approved the Administrative Liability Law, which provided for major changes to the review process of administrative violation cases.

Following adoption of the law, it is expected to start using industry-specific administrative penalties. This means the end for Latvia’s Code of Administrative Violations.

LTV programme De Facto reports that one and a half months prior to the coming into force of the new Administrative Liability Law decisions still have not been made in regards to several dozen accompanying laws and the IT system necessary to ensure adoption of changes still has not been tested.

According to the programme, while until now all penalties were written in a single Code of Administrative Violations, now it will be necessary to check each industry-specific law for penalties. For example, penalties for road traffic violations will be listed in the Road Traffic Law. Although such violations are the most common ones, amendments to organize relevant penalties still have not been adopted. Penalties are also listed in several dozen laws that are still waiting their review in the Saeima.

One-third of them are under direct authority of Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry. «We have submitted legislative drafts for approval. Coordination with other ministries is very complicated at the moment. We hope to overcome this inertia in the coming weeks,» said Environment Protection Minister Juris Pūce.

One and a half months prior to changes the electronic platform (Administrative Violations Process Support System – APAS) stands unfinished and untested. Interior Affairs Ministry has allocated more than EUR 2 million for this platform’s creation. However, the ministry stresses it is not possible to finish and test the system until important laws that would govern violations and applicable penalties have been adopted.

Read also: Programme: new Administrative Liability Law expected to bring «chaos»

«Any information system is based on precise technical specifications. The specifications themselves are dictated by legislative acts. Right now we can say there are no precise technical specifications to speak of, because some of the legislative acts are not yet in force. This is why we are saying the information system and work with it will be completed in a test flight, so to speak,» said the Interior Affairs Ministry’s state secretary Dimitrijs Trofimovs.


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