On Friday, 10 December, while meeting with social partners and parliament’s cooperation partners, Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa emphasised that stability, partnership and responsibility are the key words describing the process of adopting the state budget for 2011. Mrs. Āboltiņa expressed gratification at the fact that Latvia is one of the few European countries that has managed to draft a stabilization budget for the year 2011. “We have to join our efforts and do our best in order for the 2012 budget to be a development budget,” said the Speaker.
During the first month since the introduction of the new version of Saeima’s website, the number of persons who have visited the Saeima’s profile on Twitter, Flickr and YouTube has increased. Links to these social networks have now been included in the parliament’s website, and visitors of the website show an interest in learning about the Saeima’s work as reflected in photos and videos.
On Thursday, 2 December, in the second final reading the Saeima adopted amendments to the Law on Maternity and Sickness Insurance, which were considered urgent. Amendments simplified the accessibility of paternity benefits, child-care benefits and funeral allowance.
Latvia and the United States have good prospects for cooperation not only in the political field but also in the economy, as the hitherto successful cooperation in the non-military cargo transits to Afghanistan attests. Foreign Affairs Committee members stressed that point when they met with H.E. Ms. Judith Garber, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Latvia on Friday, 26 November.
On Thursday, 4 November, during the first meeting of the European Affairs Committee, members of the Committee elected a former diplomat and defence minister Mr. Imants Lieģis (Unity) as the Chairman of the Committee.
On Wednesday, 3 November, in an extraordinary session, the Saeima gave a vote of confidence to the Cabinet of Ministers formed by Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis. 63 MPs voted in favour of the new government; 35 MPs voted against.