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Translation validity: 01.08.2009.–29.06.2011.
Amendments not included: 09.06.2011.

Disclaimer: The English language text below is provided by the State Language Centre for information only; it confers no rights and imposes no obligations separate from those conferred or imposed by the legislation formally adopted and published. Only the latter is authentic. The original Latvian text uses masculine pronouns in the singular. The State Language Centre uses the principle of gender neutral language in its English translations. In addition, gender specific Latvian nouns have been translated as gender neutral terms, e.g. chairperson.

The Saeima1 has adopted
and the President has proclaimed the following Law:

On the Status of a National Sports Facility

Section 1. Terms used in this Law

Terms used in this Law correspond to those terms used in the Sports Law if this Law does not specify otherwise.

Section 2. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is to promote the development of national sports facilities in order to create conditions for the preparation of Latvian athletes for competing at Olympic Games, World and European Championships and other sports competitions, as well as for sports competitions in Latvia.

Section 3. Scope of Application of this Law

This Law prescribes the procedures for granting of the status of a national sports facility, regulates the provisions for operation of a national sports facility and the procedures for supervision thereof.

Section 4. National Sports Facility

A national sports facility is a structure, as well as the environment built or adapted exclusively for sport (fields, tracks for sports activities, health tracks, etc.), which has been granted the status of a national sports facility in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law, regardless of the ownership of the structure or the environment.

Section 5. Conditions for Granting of the Status of a National Sports Facility

(1) The status of a national sports facility may be granted to a sports facility which conforms to all of the following conditions:

1) it has been registered in the Register of National Sports Facilities;

2) activities and technical condition thereof conforms to the requirements of regulatory enactments;

3) activities thereof are organised by giving preference to events, which are organised by recognised sports federations or professionally oriented sports educational institutions;

4) it is able to provide regular training of participants of national teams, as well as sports events for children, young persons and disabled persons;

5) it is appropriate for organisation of World and European Championships, rounds, cup games and qualification competitions thereof and certifications of the respective international sports federations have also been received;

6) the events related to sport organised therein make up at least 50 per cent of the actual load of the sports facility;

7) continuous activities thereof in the field of sport is being ensured; and

8) the objects contained therein are not being used for purposes incompatible with the promotion of sport and a healthy lifestyle.

(2) The conformity of a sports facility with the conditions of Paragraph one of this Section shall be evaluated during the last year prior to the submission of an application regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility.

Section 6. Procedures for Granting of the Status of a National Sports Facility

(1) An owner of a sports facility or a possessor of a State sports facility (hereinafter - owner of a sports facility) shall submit an application to the Ministry of Education and Science regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility (hereinafter - application) and documents confirming the conformity of the sports facility with the conditions of Section 5 of this Law. The Cabinet shall regulate the sample form of the application, the procedures for the submission of the application and the documents to be appended to the application confirming the conformity of the sports facility with the conditions of Section 5 of this Law.

(2) The Ministry of Education and Science shall examine an application of the owner of a sports facility within a time period of two months after receipt thereof. The Ministry of Education and Science, upon examining the application, shall request a statement of the Latvian National Sports Council (hereinafter - Council) regarding the conformity of the sports facility with the status of a national sports facility (regarding the conformity with the conditions of Section 5 of this Law) and shall submit the referred to documents to the Cabinet within 20 days after receipt of the statement of the Council.

(3) If the owner of a sports facility has not submitted all the necessary documents to the Ministry of Education and Science or the information included therein is incomplete, the Ministry of Education and Science shall send a respective written notification to the owner of the sports facility, specifying therein the deadline for elimination of deficiencies. If deficiencies are eliminated within the time period specified in the notification, the Ministry of Education and Science shall perform the activities referred to in Paragraph two of this Section.

(4) The Cabinet shall issue an order regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility. If the Cabinet order regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility is appealed, the operation of the Cabinet order shall not be suspended.

Section 7. Refusal to Grant the Status of a National Sports Facility

(1) Granting of the status of a national sports facility may be refused in the following cases:

1) if the sports facility does not conform to the conditions of Section 5 of this Law; or

2) if the owner of the sports facility has not eliminated the detected deficiencies within the time period specified in the notification of the Ministry of Education and Science provided for in Section 6, Paragraph three of this Law.

(2) The Cabinet shall issue an order regarding refusal to grant the status of a national sports facility. If the Cabinet order regarding refusal to grant the status of a national sports facility is appealed, the operation of the Cabinet order shall not be suspended.

(3) An application regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility may be re-submitted not earlier than one year after the issuance of the Cabinet order regarding refusal to grant the status of a national sports facility.

Section 8. Procedures for Withdrawal of the Status of a National Sports Facility

(1) The status of a national sports facility may be withdrawn in the following cases:

1) if it is requested by the owner of the sports facility; or

2) if it has been detected that the sports facility does not conform to the conditions of Section 5 of this Law.

(2) In the case provided for in Paragraph one, Clause 1 of this Section the owner of the sports facility shall submit an application regarding withdrawal of the status of a national sports facility to the Ministry of Education and Science, which shall submit the respective documents to the Cabinet within a time period of 20 days after receipt thereof.

(3) In the case provided for in Paragraph one, Clause 2 of this Section, the Ministry of Education and Science shall aggregate the documents, which testify regarding the non-conformity of the operation of a national sports facility with the conditions of Section 5 of this Law, and request an opinion from the Council regarding the conformity of the sports facility with the status of a national sports facility (regarding the conformity to the conditions of Section 5 of this Law). The Council shall, within a time period of 40 days, submit the referred to opinion to the Ministry of Education and Science, which shall submit the respective documents to the Cabinet within a time period of 20 days after receipt of the opinion.

(4) The Cabinet shall issue an order regarding withdrawal of the status of a national sports facility. If the Cabinet order regarding withdrawal of the status of a national sports facility is appealed, the operation of the Cabinet order shall not be suspended.

(5) If a sports facility is being withdrawn the status of a national sports facility, it may re-apply for granting of the status of a national sports facility not earlier than one year after the issuance of the Cabinet order regarding withdrawal of the status of a national sports facility.

Section 9. Notification Regarding Actions Involving Immovable Property Contained in a National Sports Facility

If the immovable property forming a national sports facility is divided (also if any individual part is being separated therefrom), alienated or encumbered with property law in accordance with the procedures specified in regulatory enactments, the owner of the sports facility has a duty to notify the Ministry of Education and Science about the respective transaction within a time period of 30 days after conclusion thereof (in case of division of immovable property - after making of the respective changes in the State Cadastre of Immovable Property) in writing.

Section 10. Supervision of the Activities of a National Sports Facility

(1) The Ministry of Education and Science shall constantly supervise the conformity of the activities of a national sports facility with the conditions of Section 5 of this Law and the requirements of other regulatory enactments and shall organise an inspection of the activities of the national sports facility at least once every two years.

(2) Within the framework of the competence specified in Paragraph one of this Section the Ministry of Education and Science is entitled to request documents and explanations from the owner of the sports facility, as well as to perform a survey of a national sports facility in the presence or absence of the owner thereof. The Ministry of Education and Science shall warn in writing the owner of the sports facility regarding the inspection of the national sports facility provided for in Paragraph one of this Section at least five working days in advance.

(3) The Ministry of Education and Science shall, within five working days after inspection of the activities of the national sports facility, inform the owner of the sports facility regarding results of the inspection and invite him or her to express his or her opinion. After getting acquainted with the opinion of the owner of the sports facility, the Ministry of Education and Science shall provide a final report.

(4) If violations have been detected in the activities of a national sports facility, the deadline for elimination thereof and, where appropriate, the measures to be taken shall be indicated in the final report. If the detected violations are not eliminated within the time period and according to the procedures specified in the final report, the Ministry of Education and Science shall request an opinion of the Council regarding the conformity of the sports facility with the status of a national sports facility (regarding the conformity with the conditions of Section 5 of this Law) and shall submit the referred to documents to the Cabinet within a time period of 20 days after receipt of the opinion of the Council for taking a decision regarding withdrawal of the status of a national sports facility.

(5) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures by which inspection of the activities of a national sports facility is performed and the institutions to be involved therein.

Section 11. Register of National Sports Facilities

Information regarding sports facilities, which have been granted the status of a national sports facility in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law, shall be aggregated in the Register of National Sports Facilities. The Ministry of Education and Science shall be the holder and manager of the Register of National Sports Facilities. The Cabinet shall determine the content and the procedures for the updating of information to be included in the Register of National Sports Facilities.

Section 12. Support for Activities of a National Sports Facility

A local government may participate in funding of a national sports facility within the territory thereof.

Transitional Provisions

1. By coming into force of this Law, Decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia of 3 November 1992 On Granting of the Status of National Sports Facility (Latvijas Republikas Augstākās Padomes un Valdības Ziņotājs, 1992, No. 46, 47, 48; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 1997, No. 6, 16; 1999, No. 2; 2001, No. 15; 2002, No. 22; 2004, No. 13; 2006, No. 15; 2007, No. 24; 2008, No. 14, 16; 2009, No. 3) is repealed.

2. A sports facility, which has acquired the status of a national sports facility by 31 July 2009 in accordance with the Decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia of 3 November 1992 On Granting of the Status of National Sports Facility and which after 31 July 2009 operates as a sports facility, shall keep the status of a national sports facility until 31 December 2010, and information regarding such facility shall be included in the Register of National Sports Facilities in conformity with the provisions of Section 11 of this Law.

3. The national sports facility referred to in Paragraph 2 of the Transitional Provisions shall keep its status also after 31 December 2010 if the owner thereof has submitted an application regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility and the documents to be appended to the application in accordance with the procedures specified in Section 6, Paragraph one of this Law by 31 May 2010 and the Cabinet has issued a respective order regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility.

4. If the owner of the sports facility referred to in Paragraph 2 of these Transitional Provisions has not submitted an application regarding granting of the status of a national sports facility in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law by 31 May 2010, the respective sports facility shall lose the status of a national sports facility from 1 January 2011.

5. National sports facilities owned by the State or a local government, which have been granted such status until 31 July 2009 in accordance with the Decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia of 3 November 1992 On Granting of the Status of National Sports Facility, may be alienated, taking into account an opinion of the Latvian National Sports Council. Alienation provisions shall provide for the duty of the acquirer of the object to preserve, to economically and financially guarantee the profile of activities of the sports facility, as well as to observe the conditions for organisation of sports competitions (including international sports competitions). The Ministry of Education and Science shall evaluate the possibility of organisation of sports competitions in the respective sports facility. In case of further alienation the referred to conditions shall also be binding to the acquirers of the sports facility (including the acquirers of a privatised national sports facility).

6. The Cabinet shall issue regulations referred to in Section 6, Paragraph one, Section 10, Paragraph five and Section 11 of this Law by 31 July 2009.

This Law shall come into force on 1 August 2009.

The Saeima adopted this Law on 19 March 2009.

Acting for the President,
Chair of the Saeima G. Daudze

Riga, 7 April 2009

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2010 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 19.03.2009.Entry into force: 01.08.2009.Theme:  Education, science, sportPublication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 54, 07.04.2009.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 9, 14.05.2009.
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