Press releases

Speaker of the Saeima to the King of Sweden: Latvia and Sweden’s historical roots have been intertwined for centuries
On Wednesday, 26 March, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, met with King Carl XVI Gustaf of the Kingdom of Sweden, who paid a call to the main building of the Saeima during his state visit to the Republic of Latvia. “Our histories have been linked for centuries – the ones of our countries and the ones of our people. It is a history of cooperation, support, respect and friendship. The Swedish presence in Latvia can be felt at every step when we walk on the cobblestones to the Swedish Gate, which is just one hundred meters from here. We are also delighted that since last autumn, young audiences in Latvia have been able to live through all sorts of famous and exciting adventures of Karlsson-on-the-Roof in the ballet performance staged at the Latvian National Opera,” pointed out the Speaker.
Latvian delegation to the Baltic Assembly: Support for reforms in Ukraine should be continued
On Monday, 24 March, Jānis Vucāns, Chairman of the Latvian delegation to the Baltic Assembly, met with Karin Åström, President of the Nordic Council, and Hans Wallmark, Vice President of the Nordic Council. In discussing the situation in Ukraine, Jānis Vucāns noted that since the Eastern Partnership is one of Latvia’s foreign policy priorities, it is logical for our state to be ready to continue sharing its experience with Ukraine in implementing reforms and strengthening democracy, as well as supporting Ukraine in these efforts. This commitment is essential particularly now, when Ukraine needs support in maintaining its sovereignty and territorial integrity, strengthening national unity and stabilising the overall situation in the state.
Solvita Āboltiņa congratulates the new President of the Estonian parliament
Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, sent a congratulatory letter to Eiki Nestor on his election to the position of President of the Riigikogu of the Republic of Estonia.
Saeima postpones opening of the electricity market for households until next January
On Thursday, 20 March, the Saeima adopted in the final reading the amendments to the Electricity Market Law according to which households will be able to purchase electricity in a free market as of 1 January 2015 instead of 1 April 2014 as previously planned.
Speakers of the Baltic parliaments: The international community is confronted by the most serious challenge to global security since the end of the Cold War
“With great concern we observe the critical situation in Ukraine, where an act of aggression has been committed against a European country by the military forces of the Russian Federation. Today, the international community is confronted by the most serious challenge to global security since the end of the Cold War”; so declares the Statement adopted by the speakers of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Āboltiņa at an international conference: Euro area protects Latvia from external economic pressures
On Friday, 14 March, in Rome, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed the participants of an international conference What Europe Stands For – Growth, Jobs and Rights: Will the European Union Rise to the Occasion? In her address, Speaker Āboltiņa emphasised that under conditions of global competition, it is difficult to imagine a competitive Europe with many small currencies and with just as many competitive strategies. In order to remain competitive, small countries like ours have to integrate their economies, and by virtue of being a member of the euro area, we are far less vulnerable to outside economic pressures.
Consumer gas market not to be liberalised until April 2017
The amendments to the Energy Law which the Saeima adopted in the third and final reading on Thursday, 13 March, envisage that the consumer gas market in Latvia will not be opened before April 2017.
Saeima strongly condemns Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine
On Thursday, 6 March, the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia adopted the Statement on Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine declaring that the Saeima strongly condemns the Russian Federation’s military aggression in Ukraine and stressing Latvia’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the legitimate power of the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, 5 March, the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee of the Saeima considered amendments to the Energy Law submitted for the third reading. According to the amendments, the Latvian gas market for individual consumers will be opened not earlier than April 2017. These amendments are scheduled to be considered in the final reading at the plenary sitting of 13 March.
European Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee adopt statement on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine
On Monday, 3 March, the European Affairs Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima adopted the Joint Statement on Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine strongly condemning the Russian Federation’s military aggression in Ukraine and stressing Latvia’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the legitimate power of the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine. Both committees also called upon the Presidium of the Saeima to convene an extraordinary plenary sitting during which the parliament as a whole would also adopt such a statement.
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