National Security Law

Unofficial translation

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 14 December 2000

Published: Vēstnesis (Messenger) No 473/476 on 20 December 2000

Contains amendments proclaimed till 11 May 2005


Amendments of:

06.12.2001 Law (L.V., 18 Dec., No.183; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2002, No.1)

16.05.2002 Law (L.V., 29 May, No.80; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2002, No.12)

15.05.2003 Law (L.V., 28 May, No.79; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2003, No.12)

30.10.2003 Law (L.V., 12 Nov., No.159; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2003, No.23)

07.04.2004 Law (L.V., 20 Apr., No.61; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2004, No.9)

02.12.2004 Law (L.V., 15 Dec., No.199; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2005, No.2)

Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No.24 of 11.01.2005 (L.V., 13 Jan., No.7; Ziņotājs (Informer), 2005, No.7)

28.04.2005 Law (L.V., 3 May, No.69)

21.04.2005 Law (L.V., 11 May, No.74)


If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section.


Chapter I - General Provisions

   Section 1. National Security

   Section 2. Purpose of the Law

   Section 3. The National Security System and Tasks of Such

Chapter II - Competence of the National Security System's Entities

   Section 4. Principles of Distribution of Competence of the National Security System's Entities

   Section 5. Obligations and Rights of Latvian Citizens

   Section 6. Competence of the Saeima

   Section 7. Competence of the National Security Committee of the Saeima

   Section 8. Competence of the State President

   Section 9. Competence of the Prime Minister

   Section 10. Competence of the Cabinet of Ministers

   Section 11. Competence of the Ministry of Defence

   Section 12. Competence of the Supreme Commander of the National Armed Forces

   Section 13. Competence of the Ministry of the Interior

   Section 14. Competence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

   Section 15. National Security Institutions

      Section 15.1 Information Analysis Service

      Section 15.2 Officials of the Information Analysis Service

   Section 16. Competence of Other Ministries and State Institutions

   Section 17. Competence of Local Governments

   Section 18. Competence of Public Organisations

Chapter III - National Security Council

   Section 19. Composition of the National Security Council

   Section 20. Competence of the National Security Council

   Section 21. Convening of Meetings of the National Security Council

Chapter IV - Overcoming of Danger to the State

   Section 22. Danger to the State

   Section 23. Responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers and Obligations of the Ministries

      Section 23.1 Crisis Control Council

      Section 23.2 Composition of Crisis Control Council

      Section 23.3 Competence of Crisis Control Council

      Section 23.4 Secretariat of Crisis Control Council

   Section 24. Powers of the President in Case of War or Military Invasion

   Section 25. Powers of Other Institutions and Officials in Case of War or Military Invasion

Chapter V - Elaboration and Approval of Concepts and Plans for Prevention of Danger to the State

   Section 26. Analysis of Danger to the State

   Section 27. National Security Concept

   Section 28. Military Threat Analysis

   Section 29. National Defence Concept

   Section 30. National Security Plan

   Section 31. National Defence Plan

   Section 32. National Armed Forces Development Plan

   Section 33. National Defence Operational Plan

   Section 34. National Armed Forces Mobilisation Plan

   Section 35. National Economy Mobilisation Plan

   Section 36. National Civil Protection Plan

Transitional provisions

 

 

Chapter I

General Provisions

 

Section 1. National Security

(1) National security is a state, attained as a result of joint, purposeful measures implemented by the State and society, in which the independence of the State, its constitutional structure and territorial integrity, the prospect of free development of society, welfare and stability are guaranteed.

(2) Guaranteeing of national security is a basic obligation of the State.


Section 2. Purpose of the Law

This Law determines the national security system and tasks of such, the competence of the persons or institutions responsible for the national security system and the principles and procedures of co-ordination, implementation and control of their activities.


Section 3. The National Security System and Tasks of Such

(1) The national security system is formed by the institutions implementing State authority and administration, and the citizens of Latvia to whom law delegates obligations and rights in the field of the national security within the scope of the specified competence.

(2) The tasks of the national security system are the following:

1) to forecast in a timely manner and prevent internal and external danger to the State, to guarantee national defence, public safety and democratic development of society;

2) to formulate a joint, systemic policy of national security for the institutions implementing State authority and administration, and to implement, in a co-ordinated and purposeful manner, the legal, economic, social, military, security and other measures determined by the State, at all levels of State administration; and

3) to ensure efficient management to overcome situations dangerous to the State.

(3) The work of the national security system is based upon civil-military co-operation. Civil-military co-operation is the planned and co-ordinated activities of State administrative institutions, the public and the National Armed Forces in the overcoming of dangers to the State. The basic principles of civil-military co-operation are efficient co-ordination of mutual co-operation, unitary understanding of common goals and shared responsibility for the results of the achieving the goals.

(As amended by Law of 15 May 2003, in force since 12 June 2003)



Chapter II

Competence of the National Security System's Entities


Section 4. Principles of Distribution of Competence of the National Security System's Entities

The basis for the division of competence of the national security system's entities is the State structure, parliamentary democracy and the principle of division of State authority determined in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, as well as the principles in accordance with which the parliamentary and civil control of the National Armed Forces, institutions of the system of the Ministry of the Interior and the national security are performed.


Section 5. Obligations and Rights of Latvian Citizens

It is an obligation of every Latvian citizen to defend the independence, freedom and democratic structure of the State. Only Latvian citizens are entitled to:

1) participate in the development of the National Security Plan;

2) perform military service; and

3) hold positions in national security institutions.

(As amended by Law of 15 May 2003, in force since 12 June 2003)


Section 6. Competence of the Saeima

The Saeima shall:

1) adopt laws in the field of the national security;

2) approve the National Security Concept and the National Defence Concept;

3) perform parliamentary control of the National Armed Forces, institutions of the system of the Ministry of the Interior and institutions of the national security;

4) determine the basic structure and size of the National Armed Forces, and the principles for staffing of the personnel;

5) determine the principles for staffing of the personnel of the national security institutions;

6) accept and monitor expenditure of the budgetary resources allocated for the national security purposes;

7) decide on deployment of the National Armed Forces units outside the State territory in accordance with procedures determined by law;

8) appoint to and release from positions officials of defence institutions and national security institutions determined by law;

9) decide on declaration and commencement of war;

10) assess justification of a declared state of emergency, exceptional state or mobilisation; and

11) examine the annual report of the Prime Minister on the National Security.

(As amended by Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 7. Competence of the National Security Committee of the Saeima

(1) Members of Parliament elected to the National Security Committee of the Saeima must have a first category special permit for access to official secrets in order to work in the Committee. Should a member of parliament, who does not have such a permit, is elected to the Committee, he or she shall be allowed to participate in the Committee meetings only after such special permit has been granted.

(2) The National Security Committee of the Saeima shall:

1) (excluded by Law of 7 April 2004);

2) assess and accept draft budgets of the national security institutions;

3) perform parliamentary control of the national security institutions' work and usage of the budgetary resources;

4) hear reports of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Heads of the national security institutions on the work of the national security institutions, and examine results of inspections of the work of such institutions;

5) (excluded by Law of 7 April 2004);

6) (excluded by Law of 7 April 2004);

7) examine proposals regarding the appointment to and release from the position of the Director of the Constitution Protection Bureau.

(As amended by Law of 30 October 2003 and Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 8. Competence of the State President

(1) The President shall:

1) perform the duties of the Commander-in-Chief of the National Armed Forces;

2) chair the National Security Council;

3) appoint the Supreme Commander of the National Armed Forces for a time of war;

4) form the President's Military Council;

5) recommend the Commander of the National Armed Forces for approval by the Saeima; and

6) propose the issue of declaration and commencement of war for decision in the Saeima.

(2) The President has the right to receive, upon his or her request, information available to the State institutions and offices, in compliance with regulations regarding utilisation of information provided for by law.


Section 9. Competence of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister shall:

1) manage the measures for prevention and overcoming of situations of danger to the State;

2) submit an annual report regarding the national security to the Saeima;

3) co-ordinate activities of ministers in the field of the national security;

4) ensure preparation and implementation of plans for and concepts of the national security, national defence and mobilisation of the national economy; and

5) take decisions on conducting or not conducting of combat activities against an aircraft in the territory of the Republic of Latvia in cases of urgency in order to prevent a damage to the national security interests, or if there are grounds to regard the aircraft being used as a weapon for extermination of people, or if the Minister of Defence is delayed to fulfil his/her duties.

(As amended by Law of 7 April 2004 and Law of 28 April 2005)


Section 10. Competence of the Cabinet of Ministers

(1) The Cabinet of Ministers shall:

1) provide the necessary funds to the State institutions for implementation of tasks determined for them in the field of the national security;

2) appoint to and release from positions the officials, determined by law, of defence institutions, the system of the Ministry of the Interior and the national security institutions;

3) approve the aggregate of the national objects vital for the national security, and determine and implement security measures;

4) announce a state of emergency, exceptional state and mobilisation in cases prescribed by law;

5) decide on participation of the National Armed Forces units in international rescue and humanitarian operations, as well as in military exercises (manoeuvres) outside the territory of Latvia;

6) decide on necessity of support from the troops of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or the European Union member states during emergency situations or state of exception, as well as for reinforcement of national defence capabilities during peace-time, if the estimated number of foreign military personnel is less than 100 persons and length of their stay does not exceed six months; and

7) determine the level of emergency readiness of the national defence system relevant for the type, intensity and character of the treat to the State.

(2) The Cabinet of Ministers has the right:

1) to request and receive information at the disposal of the national security institutions, in compliance with regulations regarding utilisation of information provided for by law; and

2) to assign performance of certain tasks to the national security institutions within the scope of their competence.

(As amended by Law of 6 December 2001, Law of 2 December 2004 and Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 11. Competence of the Ministry of Defence

(1) The Ministry of Defence shall:

1) draw up and implement the national defence policy;

2) plan resources necessary for the national defence and submit proposals related to it to the Cabinet of Ministers; and

3) ensure the administration and military education of personnel involved in the national defence.

(2) The Minister for Defence shall conduct the civil control of the National Armed Forces and other institutions subordinate to, supervised by or under the authority of the Ministry; and

(3) The Minister of Defence, in cases of urgency, take decision on conducting or not conducting of combat activities against an aircraft in the territory of the Republic of Latvia in order to prevent a damage to the national security interests, or if there are grounds to regard the aircraft being used as a weapon for extermination of people.

(As amended by Law of 28 April 2005)


Section 12. Competence of the Supreme Commander of the National Armed Forces

The Supreme Commander of the National Armed Forces shall:

1) manage the military defence of the State;

2) mobilise the reserves of the National Armed Forces and the national economy for the purposes of the national defence; and

3) issue orders restricting the rights and freedom of individuals.


Section 13. Competence of the Ministry of the Interior

The Ministry of the Interior and the institutions subordinate to and supervised by the Ministry of the Interior shall:

1) draw up and implement the national policy of internal affairs;

2) protect public order and safety;

3) protect the rights and lawful interests of persons;

4) register natural persons, and ensure and control lawful residence of persons in the State;

5) implement fire safety, fire-fighting, rescue and civil protection measures;

6) within the scope of competence determined by law, guard and control the State border of Latvia;

7) co-ordinate the activities of institutions and public organisations of the State and local governments regarding matters of maintenance of public order; and

8) forecast and prevent danger to the State and society, and to the national economy.


Section 14. Competence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall:

1) implement the national policy of external security;

2) co-ordinate entering into international agreements, binding on Latvia, in the field of the national security; and

3) analyse the foreign and internal policy of foreign states.


Section 15. National Security Institutions

(1) National security institutions are State institutions which perform, for the implementation of tasks determined for the national security system, intelligence activities, counterintelligence activities and operations activities measures.

(2) The aggregate of the national security institutions shall be formed by:

1) the Constitution Protection Bureau;

2) the Military Intelligence and Security Service; and

3) the Security Police.

(3) The competence of the national security institutions shall be determined by special laws.

(As amended by Law of 6 December 2001 and Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 15.1 Information Analysis Service

(1) The Information Analysis Service is a state administration institution supervised by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(2) The Information Analysis Service shall:

1) assess and analyse the information received from the national security institutions and provide it to the members of the National Security Council;

2) produce relevant proposals and recommendations for the National Security Committee of the Saeima, the State President and the Prime Minister regarding subsequent activities;

3) provide proposals regarding directions and priorities of the national security institutions to the members of the National Security Council; and

4) analyse and forecast danger to the State.

(3) Head of the Information Analysis Service shall be appointed to and released from position by the Cabinet of Ministers based on the proposal of the National Security Council.

(4) By-Law of the Information Analysis Service shall be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. Before its approval, the draft By-Law shall be co-ordinated with the National Security Committee of the Saeima.

(Wording of Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 15.2 Officials of the Information Analysis Service

(1) Service conditions for officials of the national security institutions defined by the National Service Institution Law, restrictions of rights, responsibilities, social guarantees and regulations on information protection are applicable to officials of the Information Analysis Service.

(2) Remuneration for officials of the Information Analysis Service is determined by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(Wording of Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 16. Competence of Other Ministries and State Institutions

Other ministries and State institutions shall perform, in the field of the national security, the tasks determined by law and Cabinet of Ministers Regulations in order to guarantee implementation of concepts and plans related to the national security and the national defence, and of effective safety measures and measures to overcome danger situations to the State.


Section 17. Competence of Local Governments

Local governments shall:

1) ensure public order in the administrative territory of the relevant local government;

2) perform State administration functions, the performance of which is delegated to the relevant local government in accordance with procedures prescribed by law;

3) implement measures specified in the plans for the overcoming of states of emergency; and

4) provide assistance to the national security institutions and the National Armed Forces in the implementation of the national security measures.


Section 18. Competence of Public Organisations

(1) Public organisations and their associations may be involved in the national security measures in accordance with the procedures, and to the extent, prescribed by regulatory enactments.

(2) It is prohibited to form, train and arm military public organisations of volunteers or associations of such organisations.



Chapter III

National Security Council


Section 19. Composition of the National Security Council

(1) Members of the National Security Council shall be the following:

1) the State President;

2) the chairperson of the Saeima;

3) the chairperson of the National Security Committee of the Saeima;

4) the chairperson of the Defence and Interior Affairs Committee of the Saeima;

5) the Prime Minister;

6) the Minister of Defence;

7) the Minister of Foreign Affairs;

8) the Minister of the Interior; and

9) (excluded by Law of 7 April 2004).

(2) The Prosecutor General has the right to participate in the meetings of the National Security Council.

(2)1 Heads of the national security institutions and the Head of the Information Analysis Service may be invited to participate in the meetings of the National Security Council in the capacity of advisors.

(3) The work of the National Security Council and its secretariat shall be ensured by the State President Chancellery.

(As amended by Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 20. Competence of the National Security Council

(1) The National Security Council shall:

1) co-ordinate a unitary national policy in the field of the national security, implemented by the higher State institutions and officials, and examine the course of improvement and problems of such; and

2) examine plans and concepts related to the national security, as prescribed by law.

(2) The National Security Council shall submit proposals to the Saeima regarding appointment to and release from position of the Director of the Constitution Protection Bureau. The National Security Council shall submit proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers regarding appointment to and release from the position of the Head of the Information Analysis Service.

(3) A decision of the National Security Council, except in the case referred to in Paragraph two of this Section, shall have a recommending character and shall not release the responsible officials from responsibility for the decisions they have taken.

(4) The National Security Council shall have the right to request from the Information Analysis Service and the national security institutions all the information concerning the national security interests at their disposal.

(As amended by Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 21. Convening of Meetings of the National Security Council

Meetings of the National Security Council shall be convened by the President.



Chapter IV

Overcoming of Danger to the State


Section 22. Danger to the State

(1) Depending on the type, intensity and character of the danger to the State, as well as on the size of the endangered territory, a relevant emergency readiness of the national security system is determined, as well as a state of emergency or an exceptional state may be declared in accordance with procedures prescribed by law.

(2) Emergency readiness of the national defence system is the readiness of the institutions implementing State authority and administration for implementation of the aggregate of measures to prevent and overcome the respective danger to the State. The emergency readiness of the national defence system is determined for a period of time, which is necessary to eliminate the eventual danger to the State or overcome the danger to the State and conduct immediate measures to clear its consequences.

(3) A state of emergency shall be declared in cases of natural disasters or accidents, epidemics, epizooties, epiphytes, public disorder, terrorism and armed conflicts, if the safety of society, environment and economic activity is substantially endangered.

(4) An exceptional state shall be declared in cases of external threat or in cases when internal disturbances threatening the current political system of the country have emerged or are likely to emerge in the State or in the part of the State.

(5) In the case of a state of emergency or exceptional state, mobilisation may be announced in order to carry out tasks related to the national security and the national defence, as well as to eliminate state of emergency and consequences of such.

(Wording of Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 23. Responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers and Obligations of the Ministries

(1) The Cabinet of Ministers shall be responsible for the overcoming of danger to the State and the elimination of such consequences.

(2) The Ministries shall forecast danger to the sectors of the national economy within their competence and plan prevention and overcoming of danger, and elimination of eventual consequences. The Ministries shall, in accordance with procedures set by the Cabinet of Ministers, submit the forecast of danger to the sectors of the national economy and plans for its prevention, overcoming and elimination of eventual consequences to the Crisis Control Council for assessment and employment in the work of the Council.

(3) In cases of danger to the State, the measures for the overcoming of danger shall be conducted by the ministry responsible for the relevant sector.

(4) (Excluded by Law of 21 April 2005).

(5) In the case of danger to the State, the Cabinet of Ministers is entitled to take a decision on the involvement of the National Armed Forces in the maintenance of public order and elimination of the consequences caused by the danger.

(6) By proposal of the Crisis Control Council, the Cabinet of Ministers may prescribe emergency readiness of the national security system at the respective level.

(As amended by Law of 15 May 2003 and Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 23.1 Crisis Control Council

(1) In case of danger to the State, the Crisis Control Council shall co-ordinate the civil-military co-operation and operational measures of the state administration institutions for overcoming of danger to the State.

(2) By-Law of the Crisis Control Council shall be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(Wording of Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 23.2 Composition of Crisis Control Council

(1) The Crisis Control Council shall be headed by the Prime Minister.

(2) Members of the Crisis Control Council shall be the following:

1) Minister of Defence;

2) Minister of Foreign Affairs;

3) Minister of Economics;

4) Minister of Finance;

5) Minister of the Interior;

6) Minister of Justice;

7) Minister of Health.

(3) Heads of the national security institutions and other state officials may be invited to participate in the meetings of the Crisis Control Council in the capacity of advisors.

(Wording of Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 23.3 Competence of Crisis Control Council

The Crisis Control Council shall:

1) co-ordinate the operational control of the overcoming of the danger to the State;

2) co-ordinate the elaboration of plans of the state administration institutions for prevention of the danger to the State;

3) produce proposals to be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers on prescribing emergency readiness of the national defence system;

4) in case of the danger to the State, co-ordinate the unitary and timely implementation of political decisions in the state administration institutions.

(Wording of Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 23.4 Secretariat of Crisis Control Council

(1) The work of the Crisis Control Council shall be ensured by the Secretariat of the Crisis Control Council.

(2) The Secretariat of the Crisis Control Council shall ensure the systematic, purposeful and continuous co-operation and support of the institutions in charge to the Crisis Control Council within the scope of their competence on the following issues:

1) producing of proposals to the Crisis Control Council on development and enhancement of the crisis control system;

2) continuous co-ordination of elaboration of unitary and co-ordinated plans of the state administration institutions on prevention of eventual danger to the State;

3) co-ordination of operations planning and control for elimination of danger to the State; summarizing and analysis of its performance results;

4) planning, co-ordination and managing of strategic level exercises of crisis control system.

(Wording of Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 24. Powers of the President in Case of War or Military Invasion

(1) In case of war declared to the State, or military invasion, the President shall immediately:

1) act in accordance with the regulations of the National Defence Plan, issue orders and directions to the National Armed Forces, State and local government institutions and the population of the State;

2) convene the Saeima for the declaration of a state of war and of commencement of war; and

3) appoint a Supreme Commander of the National Armed Forces.

(2) If the President detects that the Saeima cannot meet in order to take a decision on the declaration of war, he or she shall assign the performance of the functions of the Supreme Commander, to the full extent, to the Commander of the National Armed Forces.

(As amended by Law of 21 April 2005)


Section 25. Powers of Other Institutions and Officials in Case of War or Military Invasion

If the institutions implementing legitimate State authority and administration have been dissolved in an antidemocratic way or as a result of military invasion of another State, the following shall be done in the interests of maintaining or restoring of independence:

1) the National Armed Forces, as well as other State institutions shall act in accordance with special procedures, appropriate to the situation, prescribed by the National Security Plan;

2) the Ambassador Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the United Nations shall have the powers to represent the legitimate State authority of Latvia;

3) State institutions and officials of Latvia situated in foreign states shall immediately take measures for the restoration of the national independence, making use of the help of international organisations; and

4) citizens and the society shall take possible resistance measures against the illegal administration institutions.


Chapter V

Elaboration and Approval of Concepts and Plans for Prevention of Danger to the State


Section 26. Analysis of Danger to the State

(1) The Analysis of Danger to the State is a comprehensive assessment as a result of which the existing and potential specific danger or risk factors to the national security are identified.

(2) The Analysis of Danger to the State shall be:

1) prepared by the Information Analysis Service on the basis of information received from the national security institutions;

2) examined by the National Security Institution Council; and

3) by proposal of the Prime Minister, shall be examined by the National Security Council and the Cabinet of Ministers.

(As amended by Law of 7 April 2004)


Section 27. National Security Concept

(1) The National Security Concept is a document produced on the basis of the Analysis of Danger to the State, which determines the basic strategic principles, priorities and measures for the prevention of danger to the State.

(2) The National Security Concept shall be:

1) produced by the Cabinet of Ministers;

2) examined by the National Security Council; and

3) approved by the Saeima not less than once during each convening by 1 October of the first year of its operation.


Section 28. Military Threat Analysis

(1) The Military Threat Analysis is an assessment of the possibility of military invasion to Latvia.

(2) The Military Threat Analysis shall be:

1) produced by the Ministry of Defence;

2) examined by the National Security Council; and

3) approved annually by the Cabinet of Ministers.


Section 29. National Defence Concept

(1) The National Defence Concept is a document drawn up on the basis of the Military Threat Analysis, which determines the basic strategic principles, priorities and measures of the State military defence during peacetime, situations of danger to the State and a state of war.

(2) The National Defence Concept shall be:

1) produced by the Ministry of Defence; and

2) examined by the Cabinet of Ministers. A newly formed Cabinet of Ministers shall review the National Defence Concept during the seventh month of its period of operation.

3) approved by the Saeima not less than once during each convening by 1 October of the second year of its operation.


Section 30. National Security Plan

(1) The National Security Plan shall be based on the strategy and principles determined by The National Security Concept. It shall include specific measures and means for elimination and prevention of danger to the State.

(2) The National Security Plan shall be:

1) drawn up and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers; and

2) examined by the National Security Council and the National Security Committee of the Saeima.


Section 31. National Defence Plan

(1) The National Defence Plan shall be produced on the basis of the Military Threat Analysis and the principles determined in the National Defence Concept. It shall determine specific national defence measures, priorities and necessary resources, as well as the necessary readiness and activities of the National Armed Forces, institutions implementing State authority and administration, local governments, and natural and legal persons regarding the national defence.

(2) The National Defence Plan shall be:

1) elaborated by the Ministry of Defence in co-operation with other ministries; and

2) approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(3) The Minister for Defence shall present the National Defence Plan to the Defence and Interior Affairs Committee of the Saeima.

(4) The Minister for Defence, after co-ordination it with the Constitution Protection Bureau, may involve in the elaboration of the National Defence Plan specialists from foreign states, international organisations and the institutions thereof, with which an agreement has been entered into regarding the protection of classified information.

(As amended by Law of 15 May 2003, in force since 12 June 2003)


Section 32. National Armed Forces Development Plan

(Excluded by Law of 6 December 2001, in force since 1 January 2002)


Section 33. National Defence Operational Plan

(1) The National Defence Operational Plan shall include the assessment of operational situation, the assessment of operational combat readiness of the National Armed Forces, and the plan of action. It shall determine leadership of the operational situation, tasks, obligations, procedures for their performance, expected support, possible liaison and materials and technical facilities.

(2) The National Defence Operational Plan shall be:

1) drawn up by the Commander of the National Armed Forces; and

2) approved by the Minister for Defence.

(3) The implementation of the National Defence Operational Plan shall be ensured by the Commander of the National Armed Forces, or, during a state of war, by the Supreme Commander of the National Armed Forces.


Section 34. National Armed Forces Mobilisation Plan

(Excluded by Law of 6 December 2001, in force since 1 January 2002)


Section 35. National Economy Mobilisation Plan

(1) The National Economy Mobilisation Plan shall include the preparation and utilisation of the State material reserves and objects of national economy during an exceptional state or a state of war.

(2) The National Economy Mobilisation Plan shall be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


Section 36. National Civil Protection Plan

(1) The National Civil Protection Plan shall include measures for the implementation of the National civil protection system, and preventive, readiness and response measures intended for states of emergency, and measures for the elimination of consequences of such situations, and shall determine the actions of the civil protection system in case of military aggression or a state of war.

(2) The National Civil Protection Plan shall be:

1) drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior in co-operation with other ministries; and

2) approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


Transitional provisions

1. With the coming into force of this Law, the Law On National Defence (Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs (Informer of the Saeima and the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia), 1995, 2, No. 21; 1996, No. 6; 1997, No. 6; 1999, No. 24) is repealed.

2. Until the adoption of the relevant Cabinet of Ministers Regulation, but not longer than by 1 July 2002, the following Cabinet of Ministers Regulation shall be in effect, which have been issued in accordance with the Law on National Defence:

1) 21 January 1997 Regulation No. 37 By-Law on Service Career Path of Military Persons; and

2) 11 March 1997 Regulation No. 91, Rules of Procedure on Military Discipline of Soldiers.

(As amended by Law of 6 December 2001, in force since 1 January 2002)

3. Section 7, Paragraph one of this Law shall come into force concurrently with the convening of the 8th Saeima.

4. Section 7, Paragraph two, and Section 20, Paragraphs one and three of this Law shall come into force concurrently with relevant amendments to the National Security Institutions Law and the Constitution Protection Bureau Law.

5. Section 19, Paragraph three of this Law shall come into force on 1 January 2002.

6. The National Security Concept, produced in accordance with Section 27 of this Law, and the National Defence Concept, produced in accordance with Section 29, shall be approved during the term of office of the 7th Saeima by 1 October 2001.

7. The Cabinet of Ministers shall, by 1 January 2003, approve the National Civil Defence Plan referred to in Section 36 of this Law.

(Wording of Law of 16 May 2002, in force since 12 June 2002)

8. The Cabinet of Ministers shall, by 1 June 2009, approve the National Economy Mobilisation Plan referred to in Section 35 of this Law.

(Wording of Law of 15 May 2003, as amended by Law of 2 December 2004)


President V. Vīķe-Freiberga

Rīga, 29 December 2000