Work Groups

Drawing on their experience of running a business in Latvia, FICIL members identify areas for improvement and issues generic to the particular industry or the entire business community. Based on these and pending members acceptance it is decided to establish Work Groups to develop recommendations and solutions to improve of the investment climate in the country. FICIL members, including the participating chambers of commerce, delegate their representatives to contribute. While working on solutions, the groups follow the work of public bodies, invite and welcome discussions with the decision makers. FICIL encourages follow-up of Work Group activities; group members represent the position in various discussion forums, such as the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament, media etc.

1Construction work group

Leader: Ilze Kramiņa (Eversheds Sutherland)

The Construction work group covers issues related to amendments to the Construction Law and other legal acts. In general, the members of the work group perform towards reasonable legal basis for construction in Latvia.

2Digitalisation work group

Leader: Baiba Apine (PwC)

The Digitalisation work group is reviewing current IT policies and legislative acts that regulate digitalisation field. Coming out from that analysis, the work group are preparing recommendations in the fields where improvements are needed. Connectivity of warehouses, public IT services are also on the agenda of the work group. Work group is also discussing visionary goals for the digitalisation.

3Education work group

Leader: Claudio Rivera (Riga Business School)

The work group deals with issues related to education, especially higher education. Few among many work group priorities are related with fragmentation of recourses in higher education, matching labour market demand and supply of education system. The work group has been vocal addressing principles of individualisation, cooperation, and internationalization of higher education.

4Energy and Waste Management work group

Leader: Nauris Kļava (E&Y)

The work group deals with issues related to energy sector and waste management policy. Circular economy, competitiveness in waste management administration in municipalities are the priorities in waste management field. In the field of energy sector policy work group recommends to adopt integrated national energy and climate change plan and promote cost efficiency in the Renewable Energy Policy.

5Healthcare issues work group

Leader: Daine Dzirkale (GlaxoSmithCline)

Given that the healthcare system is an important topic for every entrepreneur, FICIL has established the Healthcare issues work group. The Health issues work group is reviewing current proposals for Healthcare reform and if necessary submits recommendations to the government reflecting the view from the perspective of foreign investors.

6Economic and Financial crime issues work group

Leaders: Ilze Znotiņa (Deloitte), Helmuts Jauja

The work group is working on recommendation for Latvian government to improve legal acts so that they go in line with principles of justice, rule of law and transparency. One of the work group’s important tasks among the others is to address the injustice of fraudulent abuse of insolvency system.

7Investment protection and Court efficiency work group

Leader: Māris Vainovskis (Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns)

The work group looks into the existing business legislation and the rule of law which are among most significant factors for investment decisions. The work group is dealing with proposals to improve the quality of business and investment framework to make Latvia more attractive place for investment.

8Intellectual Property Protection work group

Leader: Ingrīda Kariņa-Bērziņa (Cobalt)

Intellectual property protection work group reviews legislation related to intellectual property rights and gives its recommendation to the Latvian government for improvement of legal acts.

9Labour Force Issues work group

Leader: Andris Lazdiņš (AmCham), Irina Kostina (AmCham)

The work group has been working on policy and legal issues related to the quality of Latvia’s professional education, its compliance with the Latvia’s labour market needs, quality of skilled labour and smart immigration policy.

10Tax Policy and Administration work group

Leaders: Aija Kļavinska (Deloitte), Baiba Strupiša

Tax work group is working on issues related to tax administration and policy. The work group is closely following developments in Latvia’s tax system and tax administration, and actively coming up with proposals on how to improve the business environment and investment climate through changes and improvements in tax system and/or administration Predictable tax policy for business is one of the most crucial priorities.

11Transport Issues work group

Leaders: William Le Clere (French Chamber of Commerce), Andris Puriņš (KPMG)

The work group deals with issues related to transportation policy and logistics issues. The work group has been vocal in raising topics related with transparency of logistics policy and railway tariffs.

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