Com­mit­tee dis­cusses wider use of English in state in­sti­tu­tions

«If state in­sti­tu­tions could com­mu­ni­cate with clients in English, it would con­sid­er­ably im­prove the at­trac­tive­ness of Latvia’s busi­ness environment,» says Na­tional Econ­omy Coun­cil.

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On Wed­nes­day, 9 Au­gust, the Na­tional Econ­omy Coun­cil dis­cussed the topic of more ex­pan­sive use of English lan­guage in state in­sti­tu­tions, espe­cially su­per­vi­sory in­sti­tu­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with busi­ness­men. The coun­cil also looked at Econ­omy Ministry’s pro­posal for the im­prove­ment of leg­isla­tive reg­u­la­tions.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Econ­omy Ministry in­formed par­tic­i­pants of the dis­cus­sion about on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with dif­fer­ent sides on the pos­si­bil­ity of al­low­ing ac­count­ing pro­ce­dures to be per­formed in for­eign cur­rency and in English.

«The ministry has per­formed ini­tial anal­y­sis and has submitted the first com­pi­la­tion of ex­pressed opin­ions. Opin­ions of busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tions in re­gards to this mat­ter were scep­ti­cal but not re­ject­ing, be­cause dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments for work with clients are al­ready of­fered. This is why planned changes have to be jus­ti­fied with an in­depth as­sess­ment of prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced by for­eign in­vestors,» the coun­cil ex­plains.

The Na­tional Econ­omy Coun­cil sup­ports the need to im­prove the abil­ity of state in­sti­tu­tions, espe­cially State Rev­enue Ser­vice and En­ter­prise Regis­ter, to com­mu­ni­cate with clients in English, espe­cially for­eign in­vestors and other com­pa­nies. «Open­ness of state in­sti­tu­tions and the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate in for­eign lan­guages – not just English, but also other EU lan­guages – would in­crease the at­trac­tive­ness of Latvia’s busi­ness environment.»

At the same time, mem­bers of the Na­tional Econ­omy Coun­cil said it is nec­es­sary to per­form ad­di­tional anal­y­sis of the pos­si­bil­ity to im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture that ser­vices busi­nesses and grad­u­ally al­low sub­mit­ting doc­u­ments to EDS in English.

Econ­omy Ministry cur­rently re­views opin­ions voiced by dif­fer­ent sides. It is planned to pre­pare a con­cep­tual re­port with spe­cific pro­pos­als by Oc­to­ber 2017.

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