Due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 and following recommendations on its containment, the gathering of the participants of the project “Youth Parliament” has been postponed for an unspecified period of time.
The convocation of the 10th Youth Parliament was originally scheduled for 17 April. Submission of ideas and voting on the project’s website www.jauniesusaeima.lv continues until 25 March, as planned.
The Youth Parliament is a project of the Latvian Parliament, which provides the youths with an opportunity to present and defend their ideas, while learning about the everyday life of MPs. First, the youths submit their ideas to be promoted during the pre-election period, and then they engage in campaigning and gathering votes in support of their ideas.
The 100 elected members of the Youth Parliament are then invited to the Saeima on a specific date in order to hold a Plenary Sitting, where they have an opportunity to step into the shoes of MPs and address topical issues from the rostrum of the Saeima.
The work of the Youth Parliament mirrors the legislative procedures of the Saeima, including drafting laws, debating them in Committees and finally discussing them in a Plenary Sitting.
The members of the Youth Parliament convene for the first Plenary Sitting held at the Plenary Chamber to approve their mandates, establish committees and give the solemn oath. The Plenary Sitting is chaired by the Speaker of the Saeima, and four youths with the most votes are seated at the Presidium.
The youths also draft four declarations, which are then debated in committees. After the committee meetings, the second Plenary Sitting of the Youth Parliament is held, where committee proposals for amendments to the declarations are deliberated.
On this 10th convocation of the Youth Parliament, the theme is “Youth participation” as proposed by the ambassadors of the Youth Parliament project.
Participants are urged to submit their ideas and discuss topical issues, thus promoting sense of belonging and participation in the development of the state.
The youths are to submit their ideas concerning one of the following four topics: media and media literacy; sense of statehood and patriotism; regional development; protection of nature and environment.
Furthermore, youths may submit their proposals for one of the four draft declarations to be debated from the rostrum of the Saeima during the Plenary Sitting.
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