Press releases

Upon the initiative of the members of the Saeima, an appeal to demonstrate solidarity in drafting the EU's new multiannual financial framework was included in the Contribution and Conclusions of the Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC).
More than 2,000 persons visit the Saeima during Open Door Day
On Friday, 23 September, a total of 2,038 persons had a chance to visit the Saeima on Open Door Day. Majority of visitors were students from schools in Riga and all regions of Latvia.
On Thursday, 22 September, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Law on Personal Income Tax, thus changing taxation of persons who receive remuneration for working abroad.
On Thursday, 22 September, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Law on the Press and Other Mass Media which require founders and owners of mass media that are capital companies to reveal the beneficial owners to the Register of Enterprises. Mass media owners will be required to submit information on real beneficiaries to the Register of Enterprises in specific cases and in accordance with the procedure set forth by the Commercial Law.
On Thursday, 22 September, the Saeima approved in the final reading amendments to the Law on Participation of the Latvian National Armed Forces in International Operations, authorising the Cabinet of Ministers to decide on extending participation of the Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) in the peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan. These amendments will ensure legitimacy of the NAF mission in Afghanistan until the 11th Saeima is convened.
On 23 September, the Saeima will once again participate in Open Door Day and will welcome inhabitants and guests of our country to the main building of the Saeima. They will have a chance to see the architecture of the building and to learn about its history, as well as to find out more about the daily routine of MPs. Students are especially invited to visit the Saeima.
MPs discuss priorities of EU presidency with Polish Ambassador
On Wednesday, 14 September, the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima met with Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Latvia. During the meeting, MPs declared that Latvia supports the priorities of the Polish presidency of the European Union (EU) and hopes for progress in negotiations on issues that are critical to our country, namely, direct payments and Cohesion Policy.
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 11 September, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, sent a letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Saeima sets criminal liability for unlawful financing of political parties
On Thursday, 8 September, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Criminal Law that impose criminal liability for unlawful financing of political parties.
On Wednesday, 7 September, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, in her letter to Boris Gryzlov, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, expressed condolences regarding the tragic airline crash in Yaroslavl, which took the lives of the players of the Continental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
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