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Factsheet for measure LV-2022-10/2411 – measures in Latvia
|Country||Latvia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 05 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Author||Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||24 May 2022 (updated 06 July 2023)|
On 3 March 2022, the Latvian Parliament Saeima adopted the Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Civilians. The purpose of the Law is to provide assistance to Ukrainian civilians who leave Ukraine or who cannot return to Ukraine due to the armed conflict caused by the Russian Federation. The assistance specified in the Law is provided during the course of the armed conflict. Since it was introduced, the Law has been amended several times.
Section 14 of the Law provides right of Ukrainian civilians to engage in medical treatment. Later, with the amendments on 10 March 2022, Section 17 was introduced providing rights for Ukrainian Civilians to work in in pharmaceutical care.
The Law prescribes that procedures stipulated by the Cabinet of Ministers for the provision of temporary professional services in a regulated profession in the Republic of Latvia is applicable to the medical practitioners who are the Ukrainian civilians. The procedures stipulated by the Cabinet for the renewal of the term of registration for medical practitioners who have performed professional activities in a profession or in any primary speciality, sub-speciality, or additional speciality of the profession outside the Republic of Latvia in any of the countries of the European Economic Area or in the Swiss Confederation is applicable to the medical practitioners who have performed professional activity in Ukraine and who are Ukrainian citizens.
The recertification procedures stipulated by the Cabinet for medical practitioners who have performed professional activities outside the Republic of Latvia in any of the Member States of the European Union over a long period is also applicable to medical practitioners who have performed professional activities in the primary speciality, sub-speciality, additional speciality, or medical or diagnostic method indicated in the certificate in Ukraine and who are Ukrainian citizens. Those medical practitioners can work in the relevant speciality under management of a certified specialist whose length of employment in the relevant speciality after acquisition of the certificate of a medical practitioner is at least five years. Nurses and nurse's assistants shall work under management of a registered nurse whose length of employment in the profession is at least five years.
Until 11 August 2022, the Latvian Medical Association has issued 113 Ukrainian doctors and dentists with permits to practice in Latvia. A total of 180 doctors from Ukraine have expressed interest in obtaining temporary permits.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Both peak level social partner organisations, the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS) are actively involved in providing assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in different forms. Regarding Government’s actions, both organisations have expressed their support. As usual, regarding changes in legislation, social partners are at least informed, often consulted and agreed on outcome. On April 21, a meeting of the National Tripartite Cooperation Council (NTSP) took place, where the government and its social partners - LBAS and LDDK discussed the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Russia on the Latvian economy and the well-being of the Latvian population.
No specific views to report.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Health associate professionals|
Eurofound (2022), Right of Ukrainians to engage in medical professions, measure LV-2022-10/2411 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2022-10_2411.html
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