Press releases

On Tuesday, 19 January, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, at the Saeima. The Chairman of the Georgian parliament is in Latvia on an official visit. “Reforms implemented by Georgia are bringing rewards, and I really hope that Georgians will soon be able to enjoy all the benefits of visa-free travel to the European Union (EU). I would like to congratulate my Georgian colleagues on the progress that has been achieved and wish you success in future work that will hopefully result in full and final Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia”, underlined the Speaker of the Saeima.
In honour of the 25th anniversary of the Barricades of 1991, the Saeima is publishing a compilation of the press releases distributed to foreign media during the Barricades by the Supreme Council, which was the legislature in Latvia at the time.
On Thursday, 14 January, in the Grand Vestibule of the Saeima building, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, opened an exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Assembly (BA). Mūrniece emphasised that the strength of the Baltic States lies within unity, underlining the role of the BA in addressing issues of regional importance, such as cooperation in the areas of security and energy, as well as the strategically important implementation of the Rail Baltica project.
In a New Year’s photo greeting, boys and girls residing in a Ukrainian orphanage thanked the Latvian parliament for the wonderful surprise of presents collected at the Christmas charity event. This year, the gifts collected during the traditional Saeima charity drive along with heartfelt greeting from Latvia made their way to the Chernigiv Community Work Centre for Children and Youth to delight those most in need.
Coming together for a charity drive, MPs and staff of the Saeima prepared Christmas gifts for children in Ukraine. The charity drive, which ended on Thursday, 17 December, saw members of the Presidium and the Saeima, as well as staff of the parliament gather for the traditional Christmas workshop and decorate gingerbread hearts together with students of the Riga Ukrainian Secondary School and Chef Raimonds Zommers. 
On Thursday, 17 December, the Saeima adopted in the third and final reading amendments to the Asylum Law transposing the provisions of the new European Union (EU) Asylum Procedures Directive.
On Thursday, 3 December, the Saeima agreed to increase the equity of joint stock company “Air Baltic Corporation”. The proposal was adopted with 45 votes for, 13 against and 2 abstaining.
On Thursday, 3 December, the Saeima decided to extend the participation of soldiers of the Latvian National Armed Forces in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan until 31 December 2016.
On Thursday, 3 December, the Saeima decided to extend the participation of soldiers of the Latvian National Armed Forces in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan until 31 December 2016.
On Thursday, 3 December, the Saeima in the final reading adopted urgent amendments to the Public Procurement Law. According to the new provisions of the Law, scientific expert evaluations will be exempt from the procurement procedure as long as the total amount of the contract is below the threshold of EUR 134 000 and the contract is concluded with experts from an internationally recognised database of scientific experts.
On Monday, 30 November, the Saeima in the final reading adopted the Law on the State Budget for 2016, the Medium-term Framework Budget Law, amendments to 23 laws and a new law. 
Sworn public notaries and bailiffs are now authorised to mediate. On Thursday, 26 November, the Saeima adopted changes in the Law on Notaries and Law on Bailiffs in the third reading. Amendments have expanded the list of mediation service providers, while retaining the same quality requirements – both notaries and bailiffs will be required to undergo certification. Legislation pertaining to mediation was adopted in Latvia last year in order to provide for out-of-court settlement of civil disputes and offer mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution.
On Thursday, 26 November, the Saeima adopted a draft decision on the National Security Concept.
On Friday, 20 November, participants of the 34th  Session of the Baltic Assembly (BA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, adopted the Final Document of the 34th Session and agreed on prioritising activities aimed at ensuring a secure, united and open Baltic region. 
On Wednesday, 18 November, a ceremonial sitting of the Saeima marking the 97th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Latvia was held at the Saeima. “It is during times of peace when a state may build its security. First of all, it is built in the minds of the people. People will only defend what they consider worth fighting for. We must do what it takes to ensure that our people perceive our state as something worth defending,” said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, addressing the ceremonial meeting.
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