Cooperation with NGOs
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play an important role in the work of the Saeima. By evaluating legislative initiatives and submitting proposals, NGOs influence the decisions made by the Saeima. When considering issues, committees invite NGO representatives as experts.
Here you can find information about committee coordinators for cooperation with NGOs.
Since 30 March 2006, when the Saeima adopted a declaration on cooperation with NGOs, along with daily cooperation, it has now become a tradition to hold an annual forum of the Saeima and NGOs, during which the results of the previous cooperation are evaluated and further cooperation scenarios are defined.
Saeima and NGO forum on “Involvement, Equality and Solidarity – Modern Values for Security and Freedom”
on 29 May 2015
On Friday, 29 May, the Saeima hosted the annual Saeima and NGO forum titled “Involvement, Equality and Solidarity – Modern Values for Security and Freedom”.
The forum was opened by Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, and Madara Peipiņa, Head of the internet portal “manabalss.lv”.
The Saeima and NGO forum was organised in three parallel sessions. The first session was devoted to the role of civil society in promoting security, and the discussions were further divided into two panels. The first panel titled “Security as the basis for the development of individuals and the state” was chaired by Ainars Latkovskis, Chairman of the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee of the Saeima, and Andris Gobiņš, President of the European Movement - Latvia. The second panel titled “Civil society and its contribution to Latvia’s security as seen by Latvian expatriates” was co-chaired by Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima, and Aldis Austers, Chairman of the Presidium of the European Latvian Association.
The second session of the forum was dedicated to social entrepreneurship as a tool for reducing social inequality; it was co-chaired by Aija Barča, Chairperson of the Social and Employment Matters Committee of the Saeima, and Andris Bērziņš, Director of the Samaritan Association of Latvia.
The third session on civic involvement in ensuring quality of education was co-chaired by Ainārs Mežulis, Deputy Chairman of the Science and Culture Committee of the Baltic Assembly, and Jana Simanovska, Member of the Board of the Parents’ Forum of Latvia.
In the afternoon the conclusions of the three parallel sessions were summarised in brief reports.
As a part of the Saeima and NGO forum, the Grand Vestibule of the Saeima featured a photography exhibition titled “The Hidden Face of the Food Industry”, which displayed works by several world renowned photographers who had captured snapshots of farmers’ lives across the world, revealing traditional farming methods, lifestyle and culture, as well as the damage done to nature as a result of aggressive farming practices.
Since 2006, when the Saeima adopted a declaration on cooperation with NGOs, along with daily cooperation, it has now become a tradition to hold an annual forum of the Saeima and NGOs, during which the results of the previous cooperation are evaluated and further cooperation activities are defined. This was the 9th Saeima and NGO forum.
The forum was streamed live on the web site of the Saeima www.saeima.lv.