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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – OECD

The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. Organization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyzes and compares data to predict future trends and sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

The OECD has 35 Member countries  around the globe, from North and South America to Europe and Asia-Pacific.

More information on OECD’s website:


Latvia’s accession to the OECD

From 1 July 2016 Latvia has joined the OECD.

The process of Latvia’s accession to the OECD was launched in May 2013. On 15 October 2013, the OECD Council approved the Roadmap for the Accession of Latvia to the OECD Convention, which sets out an individualised plan, procedures and conditions for the process.

During the OECD accession process Latvia has undergone in-depth assessment of compliance with the OECD standards and best practices of the OECD member states.

On 11 May 2016, the OECD Council made a decision to invite Latvia to join the organisation.

On 2 June 2016 the Agreement on the Accession of Latvia to the OECD was signed in Paris.

On 1 July 2016 the Instrument of Accession of Latvia to the OECD was deposited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic. In accordance with Article 16 of the OECD Convention, as from this date, Latvia is a full-fledged Member of the OECD.

The OECD membership is an opportunity for Latvia’s economic and social development to be taken to a higher level.


Participation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in OECD committees and working groups

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereinafter – MEPRD) continuously reviews existing legislation and strategic planning documents and where necessary develops new ones, taking into account different considerations, such as OECD-related considerations.

MEPRD is the lead ministry responsible for representing interests of Latvia in:


Control of Chemical Substances
Environmental Impact Assessment
Global Climate Change
GMO free territories in Latvia
Green public procurement
Industrial Pollution
Maritime Spatial Planning
Ozone Layer Protection
Persistant Organic Pollutants
Protection of Species and Habitats
Soil quality
Specially Protected Nature Territories
Sustainable Development of Latvia
Transboundary Air Pollution
Water Protection

Working hours
Mon: 8.30:18.00
Tue - Thu: 8.30:17.00
Fri: 8.30:16.00
MoEPRD address
Peldu Str. 25, Rīga LV-1494, Latvia
Phone:+371 66016740
Fax:+371 67820442
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