Press releases

Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, at a meeting in Jūrmala with Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, placed special emphasis on issues pertaining to regional and energy security.
On Thursday, 10 August, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met at the Parliament with Ed Royce, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives. Speaker Mūrniece stated that U.S. support, including military presence, is of principal importance for the security of the Baltic States, and close cooperation with the United States in combatting hybrid threats is also crucial. 
On Tuesday, 1 August, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with a US Congress delegation headed by Congressman Joe Wilson. Speaker Mūrniece stated: “The United States of America is our strategic partner, and its continued support for the Baltic region is paramount.”
On Friday, 28 July, the Saeima adopted in the final reading laws ensuring the implementation of the tax policy reform as of next year. 
On Monday, 17 July, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met at the parliament with Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, who is in Latvia on an official visit. The Speaker of the Saeima emphasised that Latvia and Azerbaijan share a successful political dialogue and are interested in deepening economic cooperation.
Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, in Washington, where she expressed appreciation for the US military presence in Europe and underlined the importance of a strong NATO alliance. Speaker Mūrniece, together with the Nordic and Baltic (NB8) speakers of parliament, is on a visit to the US from 26 to 29 June.
On Thursday, 22 June, the Saeima ratified the agreement concluded by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian governments to build the Rail Baltica rail connection.
On Thursday, 15 June, the Saeima adopted in the final reading the amendments to the Animal Protection Law prohibiting the use of wild animals in circuses and other shows. At present, it is allowed. Other amendments triggered by the European Commission clarify the provisions of the Law pertaining to laboratory animals.
‘By deploying NATO battle group in our region the alliance has demonstrated its capacity to defend itself against any aggression,’ Speaker Ināra Mūrniece stressed on Monday, 19 June, at the Saeima, during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who arrived to welcome the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup deployed to Latvia.
Our common goal on both sides of the Atlantic is to ensure security and prosperity for our citizens. Security implies not only military security, but also cybersecurity and the security of financial systems and information space. It is therefore important to strengthen Transatlantic cooperation to counter terrorist threats, information warfare and cyberattacks. Speaker Ināra Mūrniece stressed this on Monday, 19 June, at the Saeima, while opening the 8th Parliamentary Intelligence Security Forum.
On Friday, 9 June, the Saeima will host a conference organised by the Baltic Assembly (BA) focused on the current situation and future prospects in the cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Eastern Partnership countries. 
Latvia and Azerbaijan have a good basis for deepening cooperation in trade, transport and logistics. Speaker Ināra Mūrniece stressed this on Monday, 29 May, at the Saeima, during a meeting with Ogtay Asadov, Chairman of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, who is in Latvia on an official visit.
“Latvia and Lithuania need to continue active cooperation in security and defence, as well as the transport and energy sectors,” said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, when she met with Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, in Burbiškas, Lithuania on Friday, 26 May.
In recent years, Latvia and India have been successfully developing bilateral relations: the political dialogue has become more active, the trade volume has increased, and successful cooperation has been established in education and culture. Speaker Ināra Mūrniece stressed this on Wednesday, 24 May, at the Saeima, during a meeting with Mobashar Jawed Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India.
Joint infrastructure projects linking several European regions give a great impetus to the economic development and simultaneously improve the region's security. Gundars Daudze, Deputy Speaker of the Saeima, stressed this on Thursday, 18 May, at the Polish parliament, while addressing the Summit of Speakers of Central and Eastern European Parliaments.