Press releases

Saeima adopts amendments to the Ombudsman Law
On Thursday, 7 January, the Saeima adopted in the third reading amendments to the Ombudsman Law, stipulating changes in the procedure for selecting the Ombudsman, and the term of office.
Saeima applies a zero VAT rate to COVID-19 vaccines
On Thursday, 7 January, the Saeima adopted in the final reading urgent amendments to the Value Added Tax Law, introducing a zero value added tax (VAT) rate to COVID-19 vaccines.
Vita Anda Tērauda: the Saeima supports the EU and UK’s deal on post-Brexit relations
Great Britain is an important partner to Latvia, and we are very pleased that the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) were, in a race against time, able to agree on their future relations post-Brexit, emphasised by Vita Anda Tērauda, Chair of the Saeima European Affairs Committee, on Monday, 28 December. Today, members of the Committee approved the Latvian national position on the deal on the future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
 Duration of the unemployment assistance benefit scheme extended until 30 June
On Monday, 21 December, the Saeima adopted in the final reading urgent amendments to the Law on Unemployment Insurance, extending the duration of granting and paying unemployment assistance benefits until 30 June 2021. The benefits are awarded to persons who have stopped receiving unemployment benefits but have not found a job and do not perform any economic activity. The monthly amount of the benefit is 180 euros, and a person may receive it for four months.
On Monday, 21 December, the Saeima adopted in the final reading urgent amendments to the Labour Law to ensure more effective protection of posted employees’ rights in accordance with the European Union (EU) law.
Reinis Znotiņš: the new regulation on employee stock options will drive the development of new businesses
“The new regulatory framework for employee stock options will help transform our understanding of entrepreneurship and drive the development of new businesses. Our aim is to have the best regulatory framework in the region that will encourage the growth of new businesses competitive on an international scale. The framework will allow businesses to attract high-skilled employees in the long term. At the same time, it will help distribute capital among a broader population, raising their standard of living and letting them enjoy a share of the company's success," explained Reinis Znotiņš, Chair of the Information Technology and Innovative Entrepreneurship Subcommittee of the Sustainable Development Committee of the Saeima.
Voting by post to be made available to municipal elections voters abroad
On Thursday, 17 December, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Law on Elections of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council, allowing voters abroad to participate in municipal elections by post. 
Saeima adopts the State Budget for 2021
On Wednesday, 2 December, the Saeima adopted in the final reading the Law on the State Budget for 2021 and the Law on the Medium-Term Budget Framework for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Vehicle Operation Tax for goods vehicles to depend on carbon dioxide emissions; tax on company vehicles to increase
On Monday, 30 November, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Law on the Vehicle Operation Tax and Company Car Tax, which propose calculating the tax for goods vehicles according to the amount of carbon dioxide generated by the engine of the vehicle. The amendments are introduced as a part of the legislative package related to the state budget for 2021.
Lower social insurance contributions and a minimum amount of mandatory contributions to be introduced from 2021
On Friday, 27 November, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Law On State Social Insurance, stipulating that social contributions will decrease by one percentage point and a minimum amount of mandatory contributions will be set for people whose income is lower than the minimum wage in the country, both for the general tax arrangement and other arrangements. The amendments are introduced as a part of the legislative package related to the State Budget for 2021. 
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