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02.04.2008   Petition: voting rights for non-citizens of Latvia in local elections

European Parliament

 

We believe that the situation in Latvia, where non-citizens are not entitled to take part in local elections, represents a continuing democratic deficit and discloses a violation of the principle of democracy – fundamental principle of the European Union, enshrined in Article 6(1) of the Treaty on European Union. If there is a clear risk of a serious breach of this principle, proceedings under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union might be initiated.

 

We hereby ask the Committee of Petitions to conduct a preliminary investigation in cooperation with other parliamentary committees and recommend the Latvian authorities to allow non-citizens to take part in local elections.

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