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Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

5 May 2005;

11 December 2008;

12 December 2008.

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

The Saeima1 has adopted

and the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Latvian National Opera Law

Section 1. Scope of Application of this Law
This Law prescribes the legal status, activity, procedures for financing and supervision of the State limited liability company “Latvian National Opera” (hereinafter – National Opera).

[11 December 2008]
Section 2. Legal Status and Legal Basis of the Activity of the National Opera
(1) The National Opera is a State cultural institution of national significance – a capital company, the holder of capital shares of which is the Ministry of Culture.

(2) The National Opera shall act in accordance with this Law, the Commercial Law, the Law on Cultural Institutions, other regulatory enactments and the statutes of the National Opera.

(3) The statutes of the National Opera shall be approved by, as well as amendments shall be made therein by the Cabinet.

(4) The full title of the National Opera shall be “Latvian National Opera”.



[ 11 December 2008]
Section 3. Purpose of the Activity of the National Opera
The purpose of the activity of the National Opera shall be preservation of the national cultural heritage in the genre of opera and ballet, consolidation and development, updating and popularisation of Latvian National Opera, ballet and culture of music in Latvia and abroad, as well as ensuring of the accessibility of cultural achievements of world opera, ballet and music in Latvia.

[11 December 2008]
Section 4. Functions of the National Opera
The National Opera shall carry out the following activities in the field of culture and cultural education:

1) it shall stage operas and ballet performances, concerts and other shows;

2) it shall organise operas and ballet performances and concerts in Latvia and abroad;

3) it shall promote the creation of new Latvian original works in the genre of opera and ballet and shall stage them;

4) it shall promote the development of new and talented artists;

5) it shall create studios, as well as opera and ballet classes;

6) it shall represent Latvia in various international festivals, competitions and other events, as well as it shall represent Latvian culture in other countries and it shall advance Latvian integration in the cultural processes of the world;

7) it shall carry out cultural educational work;

8) it shall arouse interest in society about opera and ballet;

9) it shall gather, compile and evaluate cultural information and shall ensure the accessibility thereof to society; and

10) it shall carry out other types of activity that are not in conflict with the purpose of the National Opera specified by this Law.

[11 December 2008]
Section 5. Establishment, Reorganisation and Liquidation of the National Opera
(1) The National Opera was established in 1919.

(2) The National Opera may be reorganised or liquidated on the basis of the Law.


Section 6. Supervision of the National Opera
(1) In order to ensure supervision of the National Opera, the Minister for Culture shall:

1) approve the activity and development strategy project of the National Opera for five years;

2) approve the annual activity plan of the National Opera;

3) assess the implementation of the annual activity plan of the National Opera;

4) employ and dismiss the General Director of the National Opera;

5) propose to carry out an audit in the National Opera;

6) [11 December 2008]; and

7) prepare the request for granting of resources of the grant from the annual State budget for the implementation of the national remit.

(2) In carrying out the duties specified in Paragraph one of this Section, the Minister for Culture has the right to request and receive information from the National Opera regarding the activity thereof.

[5 May 2005; 11 December 2008]
Section 7. General Director of the National Opera
(1) Work of the National Opera shall be managed by the General Director. The General Director of the National Opera shall be responsible for the conformity of the activity of the National Opera with this Law and other regulatory enactments, as well as the statutes of the National Opera.

(2) The General Director of the National Opera shall:

1) manage and organise the performance of the functions of the National Opera and is responsible for the performance of these functions, shall ensure continuity of the activity of the National Opera, shall represent the National Opera without any specific authorisation;

2) ensure that the State budget resources granted to the National Opera and the property of the National Opera are utilised legally, economically and purposefully;

3) develop the activity and development strategy plan of the National Opera for five years, the annual activity plan project and the annual budget proposal;

4) determine the structure, list of positions and remuneration of the employees of the National Opera, observing what has been specified in Section 8, Paragraph two of this Law;

5) employ and dismiss the employees of the National Opera;

6) determine the competence and responsibility of the employees of the National Opera;

7) provide information to the Minister for Culture regarding the activity of the National Opera and proposals in the matters related to the activity of the National Opera; and

8) carry out other activities specified by this Law or other regulatory enactments.

(3) An open competition for the position of the General Director of the National Opera shall be announced in the newspaper Latvijas Vēstnesis [the Official Gazette of the Government of Latvia].

(4) The Minister for Culture shall enter into an employment contract with the General Director of the National Opera for a time period that does not exceed three years. The General Director of the National Opera may be appointed in the position repeatedly.



[11 December 2008]
Section 8. Work Remuneration in the National Opera
(1) Work remuneration of the General Director of the National Opera as a member of the Board of Directors shall be determined by the Minister for Culture in accordance with the procedures specified by the law pursuant to the criteria characterising the size of the capital company.

(2) Work remuneration of the employees of the National Opera shall be determined by the Director General of the National Opera within the framework of the work remuneration fund of the National Opera budget in conformity with the work remuneration of a specialist of the relevant qualification in the labour market.



[11 December 2008]
Section 9. Planning of the Activity of the National Opera
(1) The activity and development strategy of the National Opera for five years shall be approved by the Minister for Culture in accordance with the proposal of the Advisory Council of the National Opera.

(2) The General Director of the National Opera shall draw up the activity and development strategy project of the National Opera for five years, prescribing results to be achieved within a specific time period and the resources necessary for the achievement of such results, and shall submit the project to the Minister for Culture.

(3) The activity and development strategy of the National Opera for five years shall form the basis for the annual activity plan of the National Opera. Results to be achieved and measures and resources necessary for the achievement of such results shall be determined in the annual activity plan. The annual budget of the National Opera shall be adopted on the basis of the annual activity plan.

[5 May 2005]
Section 10. Advisory Council of the National Opera
(1) The Cabinet shall form the Advisory Council of the National Opera (hereinafter – Advisory Council) composed of eight members and shall approve it. The Advisory Council shall consist of a representative of the Minister for Culture, a representative of the Ministry of Finance, a representative of the Riga City Council, representatives of the National Board of Culture and Board of Music, formed by the Ministry of Culture, and an authorised representative of the National Opera trade unions and two representatives delegated by the National Opera. Term of office for the Advisory Council shall be two years. It shall be convened at least once in a quarter. Functions of the Chair of the Advisory Council shall be carried out by a representative of the Minister for Culture.

(2) The members of the Advisory Council shall not receive remuneration for participation in its work.



[11 December 2008]
Section 11. Competence of the Advisory Council
The Advisory Council shall:

1) evaluate the activity and development strategy project of the National Opera for five years and the annual activity plan project, and shall provide proposals regarding them to the Minister for Culture;

2) evaluate the annual budget proposal of the National Opera, submitted by the General Director of the National Opera, and shall provide recommendations thereof to the Minister for Culture; and

3) evaluate the implementation of the annual activity plan of the National Opera and shall provide an opinion about the results of the activity and the utilisation of financial resources.


Section 12. Property of the National Opera
(1) Property of the National Opera shall be formed by:

1) the movable and immovable property assigned to the National Opera, including financial resources;

2) the movable and immovable property, including financial resources that have been given as gifts (donated) by natural and legal persons, as well as property that the National Opera has purchased using resources given as gifts (donated) and its own resources; and

3) intellectual property.

(2) Property of the National Opera is to be used only for ensuring the activity thereof and for the implementation of the purpose of the activity of the National Opera specified by this Law.

(3) The immovable property purchased using the budget resources granted by the State shall be registered in the Land Register on the name of the State in the person of the National Opera.

(4) The immovable property obtained using the resources given as gifts (donated) or own resources, as well as the immovable property that have been given as gifts (donated) by natural and legal persons shall be registered in the Land Register on the name of the National Opera.

[11 December 2008]
Section 13. Financial Resources of the National Opera
The financial resources of the National Opera shall be formed by:


  1. a grant from the State basic budget for the implementation of the national remit;

  2. income from economic activity;

  3. gifts and donations in the form of monetary funds and property, including the gifts and donations of foreign natural and legal persons;

  4. a grant from the local government budget; and

  5. other financial sources provided for in regulatory enactments.

[11 December 2008]
Section 131. National Remit
(1) The national remit is the aggregate of performances, concerts, other tasks, cultural and educational programmes and support measures of the sector in Latvia and abroad which is determined in the annual contract entered into between the Ministry of Culture and the National Opera in accordance with the provisions of this Law and for which the required financial provision is provided for in the Annual State Budget Law. The contract shall be entered into for a time period which does not exceed one accounting year.

(2) The national remit shall be drawn up in accordance with the purpose and functions of the National Opera specified in this Law and it shall:

1) ensure the needs of society for culture product of opera, ballet and music genre of artistic high value;

2) ensure creation of new original works in the genre of opera and ballet;

3) ensure conservation of the national heritage and development thereof in the field of opera, ballet and music culture;

4) ensure the availability of the achievements of world opera, ballet and music culture and popularisation thereof in Latvia;

5) promote popularisation of the achievements of Latvian culture, opera, ballet and music culture abroad; and

6) promote cultural educating of society in the field of opera, ballet and music culture.



[11 December 2008]
Section 14. National Opera Rights [11 December 2008]
Section 15. Accounts of the National Opera
(1) The National Opera shall open account in the Treasury for the receipt of the State budget resources and for the performance of expenditures therefrom.

(2) [11 December 2008]



[11 December 2008]
Section 16. Accounting Records of the National Opera [11 December 2008]
Section 17. Internal Control of the National Opera
An internal control in the National Opera shall be performed observing the provisions of the Commercial Law and the statutes of the National Opera.

[11 December 2008]
Section 18. Annual Public Report of the National Opera
At the end of a financial year, the National Opera shall prepare and publish an annual public report and a list of the donors and the donated amounts in order to inform society regarding the purposes and results of the activity of the National Opera, as well as regarding the utilisation of the State budget resources and donations.
Transitional Provisions
1. Until 1 January 2009 the Cabinet shall issue the order regarding reorganisation of the State cultural institution “Latvian National Opera” as the State capital company “Latvian National Opera”.

[11 December 2008]

2. The property of the State cultural institution “Latvian National Opera” to be reorganised shall be transferred to the relevant capital company “Latvian National Opera”. The State capital company shall be the successor of commitments, rights, property and financial resources of the cultural institution to be reorganised.



[11 December 2008]

3. In the order regarding reorganisation of the State cultural institution as the State capital company the Cabinet shall determine the size of the equity capital of the State limited liability company “Latvian National Opera” and approve the composition of the property thereof, including the list of the immovable property which will be invested in the equity capital of the State capital company.



[11 December 2008]

4. The general Director of the National Opera shall, not later than within a month after the registration of the State limited liability company “Latvian National Opera” in the Enterprise Register of the Republic of Latvia, approve the list of positions of the employees.

5. The Advisory Council of the National Opera which has been established by the Cabinet Order No. 48 of 24 January 2003 “On the Advisory Council of the Latvian National Opera” shall act until the end of the term of office thereof.

[11 December 2008]

6. The provision of Section 7, Paragraph three of this Law regarding proclamation of an open competition for the post of the General Director shall not be applied in appointing the General Director of the State limited liability company “Latvian National Opera” for the first time. Labour legal relations established until 1 January 2009 with the General Director of the State cultural institution “Latvian National Opera” under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture shall be continued making the amendments to the labour contract in accordance with the requirements of this Law.



[11 December 2008]

7. In 2009 the remuneration (salary, bonuses, prize-moneys, benefits etc.) determined in accordance with this Law shall be specified pursuant to the Law On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Institutions in 2009.



[12 December 2008]

This Law shall come into force on the day following the day of proclamation thereof.



[11 December 2008]
This Law shall come into force at the same time with the Law On Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Local Government Institutions in 2009.

[12 December 2008]
This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 22 May 2002.

Acting for the President,

Chairp of the Saeima J. Straume

Rīga, 12 June 2002





1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia
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