LSM aims to name and shame bureaucratic bottlenecks

LSM's Latvian-language portal and the and LTV program '4. studija' (Studio 4) are teaming up on a new initiative that aims to highlight and tackle  unnecessary bureaucracy.

Members of the public are being asked to report any particularly notable examples of nonsense paperwork and infuriating Kafka-esque entanglements with a view to the  presentaion of a "Bureaucracy Award 2024" for the most hair-pulling entries.

"The Bureaucracy Award '24 is a call to the public to pay attention to senseless bureaucratic procedures and requirements, which could be waived, saving time and money for citizens, entrepreneurs, as well as employees of state and local government institutions," explain the organizers.

During the project, via the LSM portal it will be possible to report useless and burdensome bureaucratic procedures in state and local government administrations and elsewhere, which unnecessarily complicate and inconvenience our lives.

LSM promises to create stories about the absurdities identified by users and also inform the responsible authorities so they can potentially provide a remedy, once they have filled in the correct forms in triplicate, notarised them with the aid of a witness and delivered them via registered post.

There will also be a chance to vote on outstanding examples on the LSM portal in order to identify the most mind-boggling example of red tape run rampant.

For full details see the LSM Latvian language page here:

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