I am very pleased that we can resume the tradition interrupted by the pandemic – the tripartite meetings between the Speakers of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Parliaments, where we discuss the topical issues on the agenda of the Baltic States and their Parliaments. This allows us to coordinate our opinions and agree on common positions so that the united and strong voice of the Baltics is heard in the international arena. This was emphasised by Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, receiving Jüri Ratas, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia (Riigikogu) and Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania (Seimas).
The Saeima updates anti-doping regulations (06.07.2021.)
On Tuesday, 6 July, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading urgent amendments to the Sports Law, supplementing the regulation in the field of anti-doping and adopting the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code.
On Thursday, 1 July, the Visitor and Information Centre of the Saeima will reopen to visitors. The Visitor and Information Centre currently provides services only upon prior appointment in strict compliance with the epidemiological requirements and safety measures set in Latvia.
MPs attend the inaugural plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg (19.06.2021.)
On Saturday, 19 June, Vita Anda Tērauda, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima, Rihards Kols, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Igors Pimenovs, Secretary of the European Affairs Committee, participate in the inaugural plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe, held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Speaker Mūrniece to Lithuanian Prime Minister: EU must be prepared to strengthen its external border with Belarus (18.06.2021.)
The European Union (EU) must be prepared to support the strengthening of its external border with Belarus. This is important not only for the security of our region, but also for the EU as a whole, said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, meeting with Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania and discussing the increase of illegal migration on the EU’s eastern border with Belarus.
Latvia introduces eID card for foreigners (17.06.2021.)
On Thursday, 17 June, the Saeima adopted in the final reading urgent amendments to the Personal Identification Documents Law, which provide for a personal identification, or eID, card for foreigners to be introduced in Latvia.
Saeima supports introduction of business income account (16.06.2021.)
On Wednesday, June 16, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Law on Taxes and Duties that provide for the introduction of business income account in order to simplify the payment of taxes.
Saeima adopts the Historical Latvian Lands Law (16.06.2021.)
On Wednesday, 16 June, the Saeima adopted the Historical Latvian Lands Law. It aims to create the necessary preconditions for strengthening the common identity of the population and for the preservation and sustainable development of the cultural and historical environment and cultural spaces of the historical Latvian lands.
Saeima adopts several new remembrance days (16.06.2021.)
On Thursday, 16 June, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading urgent amendments to the Law on Public Holidays, Remembrance and Festive Days providing for several new remembrance days: the National Partisan Armed Resistance Remembrance Day, National Resistance Movement Remembrance Day, as well as the 21 November 2013 Tragedy Remembrance Day. The amendments also set out a new festive day, the Official Language Day.
On Wednesday, 16 June, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading urgent amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions. The amendments provide for the possibility for students from families with at least three children to receive support in the form of social scholarships allocated from the state budget funds.