In November 2022 the European Parliament officially approved the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. The EU member states, including Latvia, now have 18 months to pass the directive into their national law. This enactment is intended to improve the quality of available non-financial information, meet the needs of various stakeholders, and promote Europe’s joint transition to a more sustainable economy.
As Europe is pressing ahead with its Green Deal, the relevance of environmental taxation is growing rapidly in Latvia and across the EU. Our experience suggests that Latvian companies are much better informed about the natural resource tax (NRT) treatment than foreign persons doing business in Latvia. This article serves as a reminder of the NRT treatment for foreign persons. This information may also help Latvian companies identify cases where a foreign supplier has Latvian NRT obligations, which are either not discharged or wrongly shifted onto the Latvian company.
The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) space is justifiably perceived as one of the indicators of economic activity – greater interest in acquiring, merging and investing in companies means more dynamic development of the economy. Compared to recent years, 2021 set a record in terms of number and volume of transactions (up by 48% in the Baltic States) but 2022 saw a slowdown in M&A activity because of geopolitical turmoil. Some transactions are still taking place, while others are put on hold, and the business community is preparing for times that will bring more certainty and stability. Since a successful M&A transaction needs preparation, this is a good time to do the homework while considering the next cycle of economic activity.
The Electrical Energy Tax Act and the Cabinet of Ministers’ Rule No. 52 of 24 January 2017, Procedures for Applying Electrical Energy Tax Exemptions, have been amended with effect from 1 January 2023. Key amendments relate to exemptions on electricity that directly ensures the production of electrical energy.
The last decade has seen a considerable increase in regulatory requirements in the governance and non-financial reporting space. At the same time, various stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers etc) are expecting reliable, high-quality and standardised information from companies on their governance practices and non-financial performance. Both of these factors affect companies in Latvia as well.
Council Regulation on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices came into force on 8 October 2022. Its purpose is to prescribe a set of measures that will contribute to the member states’ energy supply and mitigate the impact of high energy prices on consumers and the member states’ economies. This article explores several groups of measures the member states are required to adopt under the Regulation.
When it comes to drawing up non-financial statements or sustainability reports, there are a variety of guidelines and standards that prompt companies to identify and approach their various stakeholders in order to work with them in the course of preparing non-financial statements. It’s even more important to build collaboration in order to accommodate your stakeholder views and visions when your company is setting its key directions of sustainable development and goals it wants to achieve.
This summer, the European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on a draft Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). This aims to improve the sustainability reporting rules and the quality of available non-financial information by supplying the needs of various stakeholders, especially the need of investors for high-quality non-financial information, which will in turn help the EU transition to a more sustainable economy.
The rules for implementing the aid programme “Financial instruments for encouraging digital transformation of businesses” under the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility came into force on 5 July 2022. The programme is designed to encourage the digital transformation, development and revenue growth in businesses by supporting investment in digital information tools aimed at productivity gains. The aid is targeted at Latvian-registered businesses regardless of size. This article takes a closer look at the aid programme.
In our previous article, we looked at ESG cost categories and said it’s not always right to bear expenses according to the principle of ownership and split them evenly between all companies forming a group. This article continues to examine the reasons.
Cross-border business is currently undergoing a huge transformation. Along with taking care of the environment, multinational groups are radically changing their strategy, setting sustainable development goals, and undertaking to considerably reduce their carbon footprint and to develop a socially responsible business according to the best governance practice. The inclusion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in a business development strategy gives cross-border companies a competitive advantage. In an unprecedented transition to the Green Deal, multinational groups are investing significant amounts and seeing their cost base rise. This article explores which of the companies in a group should cover costs incurred in planning, adopting and implementing their ESG strategy and related measures, looked at from a transfer pricing perspective.
Our Flash News edition of 12 July 2022 informed MindLink subscribers about a new aid programme based on rules recently adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers. In that article we looked at eligible entities, qualifying activities and excluded industries. This article explores the aid instrument and the programme’s status.
The Cabinet of Ministers Rule governing a new aid programme for improving energy efficiency in manufacturers and exporters came into force on 18 June 2022. Businesses can apply for aid to cover their overheads, i.e. for a loan (or a parallel loan) of up to EUR 5 million from the Altum Development Finance Institution. Up to 30% of the loan principal can be cancelled as a capital allowance. The aid can be used on costs associated with improving energy efficiency or introducing renewable energy resources for personal consumption by businesses in non-residential buildings and warehouses. This article explores some aspects of the new aid programme described in the publicly available wording of the Cabinet Rule.
Today’s reality shows that environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are becoming central to new corporate strategies, increasing the importance of the role ESG leaders and experts play in organisations and their governance structure. A modern ESG leader not only has to understand the interaction between the various ESG matters and their impact on the company’s lines of business but must also be able to integrate ESG in the company’s operations, inspiring the other staff to action. PwC’s latest survey “Empowered Chief Sustainability Officers” offers insights into how the role of an ESG leader has evolved over time and how ESG leaders can make a tangible difference in their companies by combining the various ESG aspects with the company’s operations, thereby helping the company transform and undertake more sustainable operations. A key finding of the survey is that organisations whose governance structure has a clearly defined role of the ESG leader are able to achieve higher indicators in sustainability areas.
“By working closely with multiple executives and shareholders of both private and State-owned corporates, we have observed an increasing interest about the capital markets. Business leaders have become more ambitious and better aware of the myriad of benefits from attracting capital via the exchange. At PwC, we are confident that First North Certified Adviser status will allow us to provide a more diversified advice for our clients in the Baltic region and help navigate them in the journey of an intensified capital market activity,” highlights Raimonds Dauksts, Head of Advisory at PwC Latvia.
First North is a growth market designed for ambitious small and medium-sized companies in the Baltics. Being a Certified Adviser permits PwC to guide growth companies in Baltics through the Firth North application process and ensure they meet all the market’s requirements on a continuous basis.
Eiropas Parlaments pagājušā gada novembrī oficiāli apstiprināja Korporatīvās ilgtspējas ziņošanas direktīvu jeb CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive). Šobrīd Eiropas Savienības dalībvalstu, t.sk. Latvijas, rīcībā ir 18 mēneši, lai šo direktīvu pārņemtu savos tiesību aktos. Šādi iecerēts uzlabot pieejamās nefinanšu informācijas kvalitāti, nodrošinot uzņēmumu dažādo ietekmes pušu vajadzības un veicināt kopējo Eiropas pāreju uz ilgtspējīgāku ekonomiku.
Šajā PwC Nodokļu podkāsta epizodē PwC Latvija ilgtspējas pakalpojumu vadītāja Maija Orbidāne skaidro, kādas ir šīs direktīvas prasības, kā tas ietekmēs uzņēmējus Latvijā un kādi ir laicīgi veicamie mājasdarbi šajā sakarā.
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