Press releases

Saeima supports in principle amendments to the Diplomatic and Consular Service Law
On Thursday, 26 September, the Saeima supported in the first reading amendments to the Diplomatic and Consular Service Law which were drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and which envisage that only persons with no other citizenship than Latvian can be diplomats.
Defence Committee: Changes needed in provisions for issuing residence permits to foreign investors
On Wednesday, 25 September, the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee of the Saeima examined the government’s annual report on issuing temporary residence permits to foreign investors and decided that provisions for issuing temporary residence permits to foreigners investing in capital companies need to be changed.
Visitors use an opportunity to send special postcards during Open Door Day
During Open Door Day held on Monday, 23 September, visitors of the Saeima showed great interest in the unprecedented opportunity to send a postcard bearing a postage seal of the Saeima to any place in Latvia.
Speaker Āboltiņa to the President of Finland: Our nations are united by similar history and successful current cooperation
On Tuesday, 10 September, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, met with Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, who is in Latvia on a state visit. During the meeting, the Speaker pointed out that relations between Finland and Latvia were formed several centuries before our statehood was established in our present territories. She added that as neighbours, we share the Baltic Sea, as well as similarities in our history, ideology and culture.
Economics Committee conceptually supports reforming state and local government owned capital companies
On Tuesday, 10 September, the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee of the Saeima expressed conceptual support for a new draft law which sets forth rules on how a public entity must manage its capital shares and capital companies. 
On Tuesday, 3 September, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima met with a delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Irish parliament. The bilateral cooperation of both countries with regard to the diaspora, economics and eradication of human trafficking was discussed during the meeting.
Students from Germany do an internship at the Saeima
For the third year, within the framework of the International Parliamentary Scholarship programme, two students from Germany are doing an internship at the Saeima. Until 27 September, the youths will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the members of parliament, parliamentary groups and committees. They will also attend lectures at the University of Latvia.
On Friday, 16 August, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed her colleagues at the annual meeting of the parliamentary speakers of the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States (NB8), stressing that Latvia has a stake in a strong European Union and euro area; therefore, it welcomes all efforts exerted in order to attain this goal.
Āboltiņa at NB8 meeting: It is important to strengthen EU Eastern neighbours’ sense of belonging to Western policies and values
It is important to strengthen the sense of belonging to Western policies and values among the Eastern neighbours of the European Union; therefore, an active dialogue with countries across the Eastern border of the EU should be continued, stated Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, on Friday, 16 August, when addressing Nordic and Baltic colleagues at the annual meeting of the parliamentary speakers of the Nordic Countries and Baltic States (NB8).   
Speaker of the Saeima: Effective dialogue with local governments is a matter of honour and prestige for national policy
Local governments that are well-informed about the social problems of a specific area are irreplaceable partners for the national government, and without their help the state cannot fulfil all of its tasks; therefore, development of effective dialogue with local governments is a matter of honour and prestige of national policy. This was expressed by Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, on Friday, 9 August, in her address to the 24th Congress of the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments.
Otrdien, 28.maijā
08:30  Juridiskās komisijas Krimināltiesību un sodu politikas apakškomisijas sēde
08:30  Tautsaimniecības, agrārās, vides un reģionālās politikas komisijas Vides, klimata un enerģētikas apakškomisijas sēde
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
11:30  Saeimas deputātu grupas sadarbības veicināšanai ar Ukrainas parlamentu tikšanās ar Ukrainas parlamenta Ukrainas ­– Latvijas sadraudzības grupu
12:00  Juridiskās komisijas Satversmes un tiesu politikas apakškomisijas sēde
12:00  Saeimas deputātu apmācības – stratēģiskā komunikācija un informatīvās telpas drošība
13:00  Sociālo un darba lietu komisijas Sabiedrības veselības apakškomisijas sēde
13:00  Valsts pārvaldes un pašvaldības komisijas Mājokļa jautājumu apakškomisijas sēde
14:00  Budžeta un finanšu (nodokļu) komisijas Eksporta un konkurētspējas apakškomisijas sēde
14:00  Cilvēktiesību un sabiedrisko lietu komisijas Latgales apakškomisijas sēde
14:00  Izglītības, kultūras un zinātnes komisijas Augstākās izglītības, zinātnes un cilvēkkapitāla apakškomisijas sēde