Press releases

Speaker Āboltiņa at the opening ceremony of Lithuanian presidency of the Council of the European Union: The Baltic States are responsible partners in the international arena
“Lithuania is the first of the Baltic States to assume the EU presidency. Latvia will preside over the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015, and Estonia in the beginning of 2018. Since the regaining of independence, the Baltic States have proved to be responsible partners in the international arena,” said Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, at the solemn session of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the occasion of the opening of the Lithuanian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In order to right the historic wrongs and to restore the honour and dignity of people committed to psychiatric facilities during the Soviet occupation without a court ruling and without legitimate medical grounds, on Thursday, 20 June, the Saeima adopted the Law on Persons Committed to Psychiatric Institutions of the USSR and Latvia without Legitimate Medical Grounds from 17 June 1940 to 21 August 1991.
Saeima grants special status to the Ķemeri sanatorium
On Thursday, 20 June, the Saeima in the final reading adopted urgent amendments to the Law on Ķemeri National Park, granting the Ķemeri sanatorium a special legal status.
Saeima bans the use of USSR and Nazi symbols at public events
From now on, the ban on using flags, coats of arms, anthems and symbols, including stylised ones, of the former USSR and Nazi Germany will also apply to public entertainment and festive events. This is stipulated by the amendments to the Law on Safety during Public Entertainment and Festive Events that the Saeima adopted in the final reading on Thursday, 20 June.
Saeima approves in principle the indexation of pensions as of 1 September
On Thursday, 20 June, the Saeima adopted in the first reading and by the urgent procedure amendments to the Law on State Pensions, as well as eight accompanying draft laws which provide for indexation of persons under LVL 200 as of 1 September of this year.
Saeima adopts in the final reading law amendments to reduce consumption of alcoholic beverages by young people
On Thursday, 20 June, the Saeima in the third and final reading supported amendments to the Handling of Alcoholic Beverages Law to limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages among children and young people. 
Court rulings to be published on the Internet as of September
As of 1 September 2013, all courts will to have publish on the Internet their rulings that have been made in open hearings and that have entered into force. This is one of the provisions envisaged by the amendments to the Law on the Judicial Power adopted in the third and final reading on Thursday, 13 June. Concurrently, these amendments provide for increased responsibility and authority of the presiding judges, raising the maximum permissible age of judges to 70 years, as well as provision of other job opportunities or payment of the minimum monthly salary to judges suspended from the office during consideration of disciplinary or criminal charges brought against them; furthermore, these amendments envisage full transition to the so-called direct court system by 2017.
Solvita Āboltiņa: It is worthwhile to see one’s self through the eyes of creative people
On Thursday, 13 June, an exhibition of works by students of the Art Academy Latvia was opened in the grand vestibule of the main building of the Saeima. At the opening, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, noted that it is worthwhile to see yourself from a different perspective through the eyes of young creative people.
Lībiņa-Egnere welcomes the delegation of the Assembly of Kosovo to the Saeima
On Monday, 10 June, during her meeting in the main building of the Saeima with Glauk Konjufca, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, and his delegation consisting of staff members of the Assembly and representatives of NGOs, Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, Deputy Speaker of the Saeima, said that Latvia has accumulated valuable experience in promoting dialogue with society and cooperation with NGOs and is ready to share this experience with Kosovo, which aims to shape a high-quality dialogue with civil society.
On Friday, 7 June, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, sent a letter to David Usupashvilli, Speaker of the Georgian parliament, conveying condolences regarding the death of seven Georgian soldiers in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan.
Otrdien, 5.martā
10:00  Juridiskās komisijas sēde
10:00  Izglītības, kultūras un zinātnes komisijas sēde
10:00  Aizsardzības, iekšlietu un korupcijas novēršanas komisijas sēde
10:00  Valsts pārvaldes un pašvaldības komisijas sēde
10:00  Tautsaimniecības, agrārās, vides un reģionālās politikas komisijas sēde
10:00  Sociālo un darba lietu komisijas sēde
13:00  Aizsardzības, iekšlietu un korupcijas novēršanas komisijas Iekšējās drošības apakškomisijas sēde
13:00  Sociālo un darba lietu komisijas Sabiedrības veselības apakškomisijas sēde
14:00  Cilvēktiesību un sabiedrisko lietu komisijas Latgales apakškomisijas sēde