Levits submits draft law for preservation of Latvian historical lands

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President Egils Levits has submitted a draft law to the Saeima regarding preservation of Latvia's historical lands, Latvian Radio reported September 24.

Levits drew attention to the issue of cultural and historical lands during the drafting of the administrative-territorial reform bill. He said at the time that the legislative proposal did not have enough emphasis on democratic inclusiveness of local communities and strengthening of cultural and historical identity.

He therefore worked with experts on draft legislation regarding sustainability and development plan for Latvian historical lands and culture spaces. 

"We live in an age of globalization, standardization, unification. Of course, I think that Latvians and the Latvian state have a duty to maintain and deepen our identity," the President said.

With this law, there would be an opportunity for wider research and development of cultural and historical values, as the law will provide a chance for more financial and practical support.

This bill already provides for specific policies and mechanisms in which the goal could be achieved.

The factions of the Saeima have support for the progress of this law. The President hopes that the law could be adopted by the end of the year.


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