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Latvia - Employment and social affairs

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Short-term priorities:

  • completion of the national employment strategy;
  • support for the social partners' capacity-building efforts in developing and implementing the acquis, notably through bilateral social dialogue;
  • adoption of a new labour code (i.e. collective redundancies, equal treatment and working conditions).

Assessment (November 2000)

The national employment plan for the year 2000 was adopted in February 2000. Examination of the employment situation has already begun. Tripartite social dialogue is well established in Latvia, but no progress has been seen in bipartisanship. The new labour code is in the process of being approved.

Assessment (October 2002)

No particular action was taken with regard to social dialogue.
Progress was made in 2002 in terms of the national employment strategy.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities:

  • development of labour market policies and joint review of these policies as preparation for participation in Union coordination;
  • alignment of labour law and occupational hygiene and safety legislation and development of implementation structures, in particular early adoption of the framework directive on health and safety at work;
  • establishment of equal opportunities between women and men;
  • further development of active, autonomous social dialogue;
  • further development of social protection;
  • steps to bring public health standards into line with Union norms.

Assessment (October 1999)

No progress has been made in this area.

Assessment (November 2000)

No progress has been made in this area.

Assessment (October 2002)

Although the acquis on equal treatment for women and men has yet to be implemented, the 2002 Report notes that progress has been made in this area.
The bipartite social dialogue is still lagging behind.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

REFERENCES

Decision 98/263/EC of 30.03.1998
Official Journal L 121 of 23.04.1998

Decision 1999/854/EC of 06.12.1999
Official Journal L 335 of 28.12.1999

Commission Opinion COM(97) 2004 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(98) 703 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(1999) 506 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2000) 706 final
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final - SEC(2001) 1749
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 706 final - SEC(2002) 1405
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final - SEC(2003) 1203
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Last updated: 19.11.2004
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