Name of law: Freedom of Information Law
First adopted: 1998
Last modified: n/a
RTI Rating last updated: 2011-08


Latvia’s RTI law falls well below the global average. It is very comprehensive in scope, obtaining a perfect score for that category. It has adequately strong procedures, although requesters must provide too much information to make a request and there is no obligation on public authorities to assist requesters. The regime of exception is too broad, with exceptions largely protecting legitimate interests but several not being harm-tested and an absence of any public interest override, as well as the preservation of secrecy provisions in other laws. There is also no external administrative level of appeal, resulting in a very low score on that category. While there are sanctions for obstruction of access, there are no protections for good faith disclosures, and the law completely fails to provide for any promotional measures.

The law is also available in its Latvian original here.

Local Expert: Linda Austere