Institutions of the European Union
Institutions of the European Union (EU): the European Commission, the Council of the European Union (formerly – the Council of Ministers of the European Union) and the European Parliament, are the key decision makers in the Union. The EU has established extensive opportunities for public involvement in its decision making. The forms and ways for impacting the EU legislative process depend on the particular EU institution and its activities taking into accounts the areas of interests the institution represents and specific tasks of this institution within the EU.
Advisory bodies of the European Union
Advisory bodies of the European Union are the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
Usage of the Latvian language in the European Union
Upon Latvia’s accession to the EU, the Latvian language is one of the official EU languages. Representatives of the Member States have the right to speak in an official EU language during sessions of the European Parliament and meetings of the Council of the European Union. Speeches delivered in official languages of the EU are translated by EU’s interpreters.
Since 1 May 2004, every citizen of the Republic of Latvia can use the Latvian language in written correspondence with the institutions of the EU and read decisions and other official documents adopted at the EU level in Latvian.