Riga City Council consists of 60 elected councillors.
The councillor’s term in office starts on the day when the newly elected city council gathers for its first meeting.
The councillor’s term in office expires on the day when the first meeting of the following city council is convoked.
Councillors shall exercise their powers during their non-working hours, although their employers may not prevent them from exercising their powers during working hours either.
Riga City councillors shall be compensated for attending at the meetings of Riga City Council and its committees, as well as for performing other duties.
The councillor shall be exempted from national military service for his/her term in office.
The powers of the councillor may be cancelled if he/she was absent from the Council meetings for more than three consecutive times without good excuses.
Powers of councillors may be also terminated ahead of time:
- at the moment when the Council decides to cancel the powers of the councillor following his/her written application; a councillor has the right to tender his/her resignation for any reason;
- on the day when a court verdict pronouncing the councillor guilty takes effect or when a councillor is recognised incapable in accordance to the procedure established by the law;
- on the day when a court verdict stating that the councillor has been elected in violation of the restrictions set by the law “On the Status of City, District and Rural Municipality Councillor” takes effect;
- on the day when it is established in accordance with the procedure set by the law that the councillor does not belong to the body of citizens of the Republic of Latvia;
Should a councillor in office be elected President of the country or MP or become a prosecutor, judge or a non-commissioned office, his/her powers will be terminated on the day of taking any of the above offices.
Councillors have the right:
- to elect all the bodies and officials that the law requires to be elected in the municipality concerned;
- to be elected to bodies and offices of Riga City Council, provided other laws set no additional restrictions;
- to come up with proposals or to give opinion about the bodies established by Riga City Council and nominees for RCC offices;
- to submit proposals, to make remarks and objections regarding the agenda of a meeting, the essence of questions discussed and their sequence;
- to submit drafts of resolutions and other documents, as well as to propose amendments to the above;
- to participate in debates, to ask questions and to make references;
- to raise the question of inspecting an enterprise or an organisation under Riga City Council.
Councillors have the duty:
- to participate in the meetings of Riga City Council, as well as of the bodies they have been elected to;
- to observe the requirements of the law “On the Status of City, District and Rural Municipality Councillor”, as well as the Statutes of Riga City Council and the standing orders of meetings;
- to fulfil the instructions and tasks set by the heads of Riga City Council and its bodies;
- to participate in the follow-up of Riga City Council decisions;
- to consider complaints and applications from residents and to reply to them not later than one month following the receipt of a complaint/application,
- to receive residents at least once in two months;
- each Riga City councillor shall be a member of at least one committee.