One of the fundamental freedoms in the EU single market is the free movement of services. The Services Directives are being implemented to allow businesses providing services to settle all necessary formalities remotely or on-line via points of single contact, e.g. to receive authorisations, information, environmental licences. Given the broad scope of the Directive, Latvia has prepared a new cross-cutting law and amended existing legislation. Currently businesses can settle most formalities via the single government e-services portal.
The requirements of the Services Directive are also incorporated in the Labour Law and the Immigration Law.
- The Labour Law
- The Immigration Law
Rights of service recipients
The rights of a service recipient in the Republic of Latvia are regulated by the Consumer Rights Protection Law enacted to provide consumers with the opportunity to enforce and protect their rights when entering into a contract with a producer, merchant or service provider.
The supervision and control of the consumer rights protection provided in the Law are enforced by the are enforced by the Customer Rights Protection Centre (PTAC) and other competent and authorised state institutions in cooperation with local councils and consumer rights protection associations.
The labour market
Where an employer sends an employee to carry out work in Latvia, the working conditions provided for the employee should be those stated in the Labour Law and collective labour agreements entered into in Latvia:
Access to information and the single point of contact.
In accordance with the requirements of the Services Directive, Latvia has established a single e-point of contact:
At the single point of contact, service providers wishing to do business in Latvia can receive detailed and accurate information on the necessary administrative formalities and complete the required procedures electronically (where the institution responsible for the service has provided this).
Where no information is available in the desired language, all queries should be sent to the single e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon starting business, the trader should register as a taxpayer with the regional office of the State Revenue Service. Employers should register employees individually no later than one day before the individual’s employment begins.
If the person who is engaged does not have an identity number issued by the Population Register of the Republic of Latvia, the employer should submit the employee's date of birth to the State Revenue Service. The State Revenue Service will allocate a unique registration number to such an employee and the number will be reported to the employer.
Mandatory social security contributions and registration of the contributors are governed by:
Proof of qualifications
The receipt of various professional qualification certificates in the Republic of Latvia is regulated by the Law On Regulated Professions and Recognition of Professional Qualifications.
Professional qualifications certificates in Latvia are issued by the institution responsible for each profession. You can request information on these institutions from the Ministry of Education and the Academic Information Centre.
Posting of workers
Before posting an employee to carry out duties of employment in Latvia, the employer must inform the State Labour Inspectorate in writing.
When employing a citizen of the European Union or the European Economic Area for no more than 90 days, a work permit is not required. If it is expected that the employee will be employed for more than 90 days, a work residence permit must be obtained from the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP). You can also receive detailed information about the required documents from the Immigration consultant.
The application and issuing procedures pertaining to work permits for a foreign national who wishes to find employment or become a self-employed person in the Republic of Latvia, as well as procedures for the payment of the duty for examining the documents necessary for a work permit application, are laid down by Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers regulations.