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CHARTER OF THE LATVIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 

(Adopted at the General Meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences on 22 November 1996 Ratified by the Saeima (Parliament) on 23 January 1997.) 

GENERAL

The Latvian Academy of Sciences is a successor of several scientific associations which previously existed in Latvia. Its predecessors are the Kurzeme Society for Literature and Art, founded in 1815 in Jelgava and the Commission of Science, founded within the Rīga Latvian Society in 1869, which in 1932 was reorganised into the Science Committee with the status of a private academy of sciences. Since 1919, the government of the Republic of Latvia had repeatedly considered the foundation of an official Latvian Academy of Sciences. In 1927, the idea was supported by Rainis, who was then Minister of Education. In 1935, the intention to create the Latvian Academy of Sciences was expressed in public by the Prime Minister Kārlis Ulmanis, and on 14 January 1936, by the Cabinet's Act, the Institute of History of Latvia was founded as the first constituent part of this Academy.

In Latvia, the Academy of Sciences started its work on 14 February 1946, when academy members gathered for their first General Meeting. Scientists from the University of Latvia and the Latvian Academy of Agriculture formed the core of the Academy of Sciences. [..] 

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STATUTE OF THE LATVIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

(Approved by the Decision No. 7 of the General Meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences on 14 February 1992. Amended by the decisions of the General Meetings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences on 24 November 1992, 11 February 1993, 18 February 1994, 21 November 1997, 4 April 2002, 3 April 2008, and 29 November 2012.)

Article 1

GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1. The Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) is a derived legal entity under public law in the public administration system with autonomous competence which consists of elected Members of the LAS. Its rights and obligations have been established in the LAS Charter, the Law on Scientifi c Activity, and other laws, as well as the LAS Statute, and its operation is partly funded from the State budget. Its operational objectives, basic orientations, legal and economic grounds, administration system, and rights and obligations have been specifi ed in the LAS Charter which has been approved by the Saeima (Parliament) of the Republic of Latvia. The Saeima of the Republic of Latvia or the Cabinet of Ministers may delegate special tasks and authorities to the LAS in the sphere of science.  [..] 

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CODE OF ETHICS FOR SCIENTISTS

APPROVED
at the LAS (Latvian Academy of Sciences) Senate meeting on 4 November 1997 (Decision No. 49. 2),
and the LCS (Latvian Council of Science) meeting on 11 November 1997 (Decision No. 11-4).

Revised version APPROVED
at the LAS Senate meeting on 16 May 2017 (Decision No. 5.4.2)
and at the LSC meeting on 20 April 2017 (Decision No. 9-2-1.).

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