The Latvian Public Procurement Law includes the following RBC objectives:

  • Environmental considerations must be taken into account from the beginning of the procurement process, aiming to prevent or reduce potential environmental and human risks.

  • In the field of measures targeting certain groups of people, the Latvian contracting authorities have the right to reserve the possibility of participating in the tendering procedure only for those candidates where more than 30% employees are disabled.

  • According to the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers №. 353, certain green criteria need to be observed when procuring specific types of goods. For instance, contracting authorities must consider environmental and human health aspects of the procurement, the environmental impact of a product, and conduct a comparison of environmental impacts (magnitude, reversibility or geographical scale).

  • Contracting authorities are also entitled to exclude economic operators that have committed criminal acts, such as human trafficking, bribery, fraud, misappropriation or money laundering and evasion of tax payments or equivalent payments.

  • Latvian contracting authorities may require special conditions for the performance of a contract, in particular requirements concerning economic and social circumstances, innovation or environmental protection.

  • The Latvian social entrepreneurship association organises conferences to introduce contracting authorities to public procurement regulations. These conferences aim to educate contracting authorities on socially responsible procurement.

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