On Monday, 14 February, Ingrīda Circene (Unity), Chairperson of the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee of the Saeima, MPs Lolita Čigāne (Unity) and Rita Strode (For a Good Latvia) met with Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, to discuss the progress in integration of society.
Budget Committee conceptually approves the intention to improve financing in the health-care sector (10.02.2011.)
On Wednesday, 9 February, a majority of the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee approved the concept of improving the financing system in the health-care sector and thus to ensure fair access to state-funded medical services and to combat the shadow economy.
Solvita Āboltiņa: We have all the prerequisites for establishing strong economic ties with Turkey (04.02.2011.)
On Friday, 3 February, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, and Mehmet Ali Şahin, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey, had a meeting followed by a press briefing during which Āboltiņa noted that Turkey is Latvia’s strategic partner with whom we have to promote close economic cooperation.
Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, has set goals and tasks for the Public Council on Electing the President in order to ensure that the election of the president of Latvia is more open and democratic.
At the end of this January, two years will have passed since the Saeima established its Visitor and Information Centre. After the Centre was opened, the number of people visiting the parliament has increased considerably.
MPs hold a debate on the country’s foreign policy (28.01.2011.)
On Thursday, January 27, during a regular plenary sitting, the Saeima held a debate on foreign policy and EU matters.
Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa discusses cooperation among the Baltic States with the President of Estonia (27.01.2011.)
On Wednesday, 26 January, on her official visit to the Republic of Estonia, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, had a meeting with Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, during which she emphasised the role of the close historical ties and future cooperation between Latvia and Estonia.
Speaker Āboltiņa: the Baltic States renewed their de iure status by joint efforts in fights for freedom and in diplomacy (26.01.2011.)
“We should bear in mind that the Baltic States renewed their de iure status by joint efforts in fights for freedom and in diplomacy,” said Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa in her address at the academic seminar to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the de iure recognition of Estonia held in Tallinn (Estonia).
Speaker Āboltiņa: the Baltic Assembly is a forum for pragmatically advancing our national interests (26.01.2011.)
During her official visit to the Republic of Estonia, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, met Ene Ergma, Speaker of the Estonian parliament, and emphasized that the unity of the Baltic States is still important and that we have to use the political and economic potential of our cooperation pragmatically.
The Saeima to take part in Job Shadow Day (26.01.2011.)
This year the Saeima will once again participate in Job Shadow Day. Schoolchildren are invited to shadow MPs and staff members on 16 February in order to observe firsthand the routine work of the parliament and thus to become acquainted with the skills and knowledge they will need in the future.