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The first sitting of the 11th Saeima will be held on Monday, 17 October. The date was set by the Central Election Commission pursuant to the Saeima Election Law. With the first sitting of the 11th Saeima, the mandate of the 10th Saeima will expire.
The Central Election Commission has announced the final results of the extraordinary general election. Concord Centre has received 31 seats, Zatlers’ Reform Party 22 seats, Unity 20 seats. All for Latvia and For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK will be represented by 14 MPs, and Union of Greens and Farmers by 13 MPs.
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).
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.
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.