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Text consolidated by Tulkošanas un terminoloģijas centrs (Translation and Terminology Centre) with amending regulations of:

19 August 2003 (No. 459);
8 March 2004 (No. 129);
10 May 2005 (No. 322);
10 October 2005 (No. 778).

If a whole or part of a paragraph has been amended, the date of the amending regulation appears in square brackets at the end of the paragraph. If a whole paragraph or sub-paragraph has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted paragraph or sub-paragraph.


Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 241
Adopted 29 April 2003

By-law of the Ministry of Culture

Issued pursuant to
Section 16, Paragraph one of the
State Administration Structure Law

I. General Provisions

1. The Ministry of Culture (hereinafter - Ministry) shall be the leading State administrative institution in the field of culture which includes the sub-fields of copyright, protection of cultural monuments, archives, architecture, folk art, theatre, music, museums, libraries, visual art, publishing, literature, cinematography and cultural education.

2. The Ministry shall be directly subject to the Minister for Culture (hereinafter - Minister).

3. The Ministry shall be the superior institution for the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry.

II. Functions, Tasks and Competence of the Ministry

4. The functions of the Ministry shall be:

4.1. to formulate cultural policy;

4.2. to organise and co-ordinate the implementation of the cultural policy; and

4.3. to perform other functions specified by external regulatory enactments.

5. In order to ensure the performance of functions, the Ministry shall:

5.1. promote the preservation of cultural heritage, accessibility and popularisation thereof;

5.2. form, maintain and develop the information and communications systems necessary for the fulfilment of the Ministry tasks and culture governance;

5.3. provide methodological assistance to the culture institutions and cultural education establishments of Latvia;

5.3.1 organise and control the utilisation of the State budget subsidies intended for the Association of National Cultural Societies of Latvia for the specified purposes;

5.4. ensure the development of cultural education in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science; and

5.5. perform other tasks specified by regulatory enactments.

[19 August 2003]

6. The Ministry shall:

6.1. develop draft legislative acts and policy planning documents that regulate the sector;

6.2. provide conclusions regarding the draft legislative acts and policy planning documents developed by other institutions;

6.3. issue administrative acts in the cases specified by external regulatory enactments;

6.4. ensure the implementation of the sectoral policy in the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry and in State capital companies in which the Ministry holds State capital shares;

6.5. prepare and submit proposals in accordance with the procedures specified by regulatory enactments regarding the State budget financing necessary for the implementation of the measures provided for by regulatory enactments and the relevant policy planning documents and for the performance of the Ministry tasks;

6.6. represent State interests in international organisations and institutions of the European Union within the scope of the competence of the Ministry;

6.7. supervise and co-ordinate the implementation of the European Community law in the field of audio-visual policy;

6.8. perform private legal transactions on behalf of the State that are necessary to ensure the operation of the Ministry;

6.9. carry out inspections of the performance of functions, as well as other inspections in the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry;

6.10. ensure the development of the applications of the State-commissioned research and promote effective utilisation of the research in the development of the sectoral policy;

6.11. co-operate with other State administrative institutions in the development and implementation of a common State policy in accordance with the procedures specified by regulatory enactments; and

6.12. inform the public regarding the sectoral policy and the operation of the institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry, consult with non-governmental organisations in the process of taking of a decision, promote social dialogue regarding issues that are related to the formulation and implementation of the policy, as well as involve representatives of the public in the administration of the State.

[10 May 2005]]

7. The Ministry has the right to:

7.1. in the cases specified by external regulatory enactments, request and receive free of charge information and documents necessary for the implementation of the Ministry tasks from natural and legal persons governed by private law;

7.2. involve the representatives of ministries, other State administrative institutions, local governments and other institutions in the solution of sectoral policy issues;

7.3. participate in events organised by international organisations, enter into international co-operation agreements and co-ordinate international co-operation;

7.4. perform financial audits in the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry; and

7.5. exercise other rights specified by regulatory enactments.

III. Structure of the Ministry and Competence of Officials

8. The Minister shall administer the work of the Ministry.

9. The Minister:

9.1. shall represent the Ministry without a special authorisation;

9.2. shall issue orders to the State Secretary and political officials of the Ministry;

9.3. shall issue orders to the officials and employees of the Ministry administration who shall inform a superior official thereof;

9.4. shall issue orders to the administrative officials and employees of the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry and issue internal regulatory enactments binding to such institutions insofar as it has not been otherwise specified by external regulatory enactments;

9.5. shall supervise within the scope of the competence specified by external regulatory enactments the operation of the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Minister or the Ministry, the operation of public foundations, capital companies in which the Ministry is a State capital share-holder, as well as the activities of officials, or authorise an appropriate Ministry official for such supervision;

9.6. may revoke internal regulatory enactments, decisions and orders, except administrative acts, issued by the Parliamentary Secretary, State Secretary and other officials of the administration of the Ministry;

9.7. may revoke internal regulatory enactments, decisions and orders, except administrative acts, issued by officials of the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry, unless it has been otherwise specified by regulatory enactments;

9.8. shall appoint to and remove from office the State Secretary of the Ministry and the managers of the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry, insofar as it has not been otherwise specified by external regulatory enactments;

9.9. shall specify the internal audit system in the Ministry;

9.10. shall enter into international agreements in accordance with the procedures specified by external regulatory enactments; and

9.11. shall perform other functions as prescribed by regulatory enactments.

[8 March 2004; 10 May 2005]

10. The Parliamentary Secretary shall perform the duties specified in the State Administration Structure Law and other regulatory enactments.

11. The State Secretary shall:

11.1. organise the formulation of sectoral policy and strategy and the implementation of the sectoral policy;

11.2. manage the administrative work of the institution and organise the performance of the Ministry functions;

11.3. ensure the implementation of the orders of the Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary;

11.4. establish a rational structure for the performance of the Ministry functions;

11.5. plan financial resources for the State administrative institutions that are subordinate to the Ministry;

11.6. take administrative decisions and issue internal regulatory enactments;

11.7. represent the Ministry without a special authorisation;

11.8. issue direct orders to the officials and employees of the administration of the Ministry;

11.9. ensure the continuity of operation of the Ministry if the political administration of the Ministry has changed; and

11.10. perform other direct functions of the manager of a direct State administrative institution specified in the State Administrative Structure Law and the functions specified by other regulatory enactments.

12. The State Secretary shall have deputies. The State Secretary shall specify the competence of the Deputy State Secretary, as well as the structural units of the Ministry directly subordinated to the relevant Deputy State Secretary.

13. The structural units of the Ministry are departments, the divisions and unaffiliated divisions thereof. The State Secretary shall establish, reorganise and liquidate departments, the divisions and unaffiliated divisions thereof. The head of the relevant structural unit, after co-ordination with the State Secretary, shall issue the rules of procedure of the departments, the divisions and unaffiliated divisions thereof.

14. Departments and unaffiliated divisions shall be subordinated to the State Secretary or his or her Deputy in accordance with the division of functions specified by the State Secretary.

15. The department director shall manage the department. The department director may have deputies. The competence of a department director and his or her deputies shall be specified in the description of the office of a public servant or in a contract of employment.

16. The head of a division shall manage an unaffiliated division. The head of an unaffiliated division may have a deputy. The competence of the head of a division and his or her deputy shall be specified in the description of the office of a public servant or in a contract of employment.

17. The Minister and the State Secretary may establish councils, working groups and commissions within the Ministry. Authorised representatives of other institutions, as well as private individuals, may be involved in the referred to institutions. The Minister or the State Secretary, respectively, shall approve the by-laws of the institutions.

IV. Mechanism for Ensuring the Rule of Law in the Operation of the Ministry and Reports of Ministry Operation

18. The State Secretary shall ensure the rule of law in the operation of the Ministry. The State Secretary shall be responsible for the establishment and operation of a system of examination of administrative decisions.

19. The State Secretary has the right to revoke decisions and internal regulatory enactments of administrative officials of the Ministry.

20. The State Secretary shall take a decision regarding the administrative act issued by an administrative official of the Ministry or the actual action of an administrative official and employee contested by a private individual, unless it has been otherwise specified by external regulatory enactments.

21. A private individual may appeal to a court against the administrative acts issued by the State Secretary and his or her actual action.

22. The Ministry shall provide the Minister with a report regarding the implementation of the sectoral policy, the performance of the functions of the Ministry and the utilisation of budget resources not less than once a year, as well as prepare a public report regarding the implementation of the sectoral policy in accordance with the procedures specified by regulatory enactments.

23. The Minister has the right to request a report at any time regarding the implementation of the sectoral policy or the policy of an individual field, as well as regarding the operation of a State administrative institution that is subordinate to the Ministry.

V. State Administrative Institutions that are Subordinate to the Ministry and Companies in which the Ministry is a State Capital Share-Holder

[10 May 2005]

24. The following public institutions are subordinate to the Ministry:

24.1. The State Agency National Film Centre of Latvia;

24.2. The State Arts Education Centre;

24.3. The State Inspection for Heritage Protection;

24.4. The State Authority on Museums;

24.5. The Directorate General of Latvia State Archives;

24.6. The State Agency Latvian National Centre for Traditional and Performing Arts;

24.7. The Latvian National Opera;

24.8. The National Library of Latvia;

24.9. The State Agency The Latvian Library for the Blind;

24.10. The State Agency National History Museum of Latvia;

24.11. The State Agency Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation;

24.12. The State Agency Literature, Theatre and Music Museum;

24.13. The Riga Film Museum;

24.14. The State Agency Latvian National Museum of Art;

24.15. The State Agency Foreign Art Museum;

24.16. The State Agency Museum of Decorative Arts and Design;

24.17. The State Agency Latvian Culture Museum "Dauderi";

24.18. The State Agency Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum;

24.19. The State Agency The Rundāle Palace Museum;

24.20. The State Agency Specially Protected Cultural Monument - Turaida Museum Reserve;

24.21. The State Agency Andrejs Upīts Memorial Museum ;

24.22. The State Agency Ojārs Vācietis Memorial Museum;

24.23. The Latvian Academy of Arts;

24.24. The Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music;

24.25. The Latvian Academy of Culture;

24.26. The Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School;

24.27. The Riga Dome Choir School;

24.28. The Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School;

24.29. The Alfrēds Kalniņš Cēsis Secondary Music School;

24.30. The Daugavpils Secondary Music School;

24.31. The Jelgava Secondary Music School;

24.32. The Emīls Melngailis Liepāja Secondary Music School;

24.33. The Jānis Ivanovs Rēzekne Secondary Music School;

24.34. The Ventspils Secondary Music School;

24.35. The Jānis Rozentāls Riga Secondary Arts School;

24.36. The Design and Art Secondary School of Riga;

24.37. The Liepāja Secondary Arts School;

24.38. The Rēzekne Secondary Arts School;

24.39. The Riga Secondary Choreography School;

24.40. The Latvian Culture College;

24.41. The Riga Academic Russian Drama Theatre;

24.42. The State Agency The Cultural Information Systems;

24.43. The State Agency New Three Brothers.

[18 October 2005]

25. The Ministry is a State capital share-holder in the following companies:

25.1. The Public Limited Company Riga Motion Pictures Studio;

25.2. [10 May 2002];

25.3. The State Limited Liability Company Latvian National Symphony Orchestra;

25.4. The State Limited Liability Company State Choir "Latvia";

25.5. The State Limited Liability Company Latvian Concert Directorate;

25.6. [8 March 2004];

25.7. [10 May 2002];

25.8. The State Limited Liability Company ;

25.9. The State Limited Liability Company KREMERATA BALTICA;

25.10. The State Limited Liability Company Riga Circus;

25.11. The State Limited Liability Company New Riga Theatre;

25.12. The State Limited Liability Company Daile Theatre;

25.13. The State Limited Liability Company Latvian National Theatre;

25.14. The State Limited Liability Company Latvian Puppet Theatre;

25.15. The State Limited Liability Company Daugavpils Theatre;

25.16. The State Limited Liability Company Valmiera Drama Theatre.

[10 May 2005; 18 October 2005]

26. [10 May 2002]

Prime Minister E. Repše

Minister for Culture I. Rībena

 


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