On 19 November, the Cabinet approved a decree “On the establishment of the working group for the negotiations of the accession of the Republic of Latvia to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development”.
The task of the working group is to represent Latvia’s interests in the OECD accession negotiations: this includes the drafting of an Initial Memorandum of Latvia, which provides an assessment of the compliance of the current legislation with OECD’s legal instruments, the organising of representation and leading the process of talks with the OECD Committees by ensuring the preparation and circulation of the necessary information and expressing Latvia’s opinion at the OECD committee meetings.
The working group for OECD accession talks will be chaired by the Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs; deputy chairpersons are the Director of the Foreign Ministry Economic Relations and Development Cooperation Policy Department Ivita Burmistre and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to France Sanita Pavļuta-Deslandes. The working group includes representatives from sectorial ministries, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Office, the Central Statistical Bureau, the Competition Council and State Joint Stock Company Privatizācijas aģentūra.
The approved working group represents the required institutional framework for coordinating OECD matters at the national level and cooperation with the OECD.
December 9 this year will see a visit to Riga by the OECD Deputy Secretary General William Danvers, which is to be regarded as the official launch of accession negotiations. Taking part in the activities of the visit are representatives from the OECD Secretariat and directorates in order to have a detailed discussion with the responsible institutions on Latvia’s accession process. Thus the first meeting of Latvian OECD accession negotiations working group will be held in the near future.