Press releases

Solvita Āboltiņa to President of Israel: the Jewish community is a vibrant and integral part of Latvian society
“The Jewish community has become a vibrant and integral part of Latvian society. It is very important for people of all ethnicities to feel comfortable in Latvia and to maintain their culture and traditions whilst still remaining loyal to Latvia’s statehood and independence,” Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, said on Tuesday, 30 July, when meeting in the Saeima with Shimon Peres, President of Israel, who is on an official visit to Latvia. During the meeting, the Speaker of the Saeima pointed out that Latvia’s Jewish community recently celebrated its 450th anniversary and is the second largest in the Baltic States.
Education Committee: Riga Castle to be urgently restored after the fire and the cultural and historic heritage to be protected
On Thursday, 25 July, the Education, Culture and Science Committee of the Saeima met with representatives from the Chancery of the President, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Finance, state property management company Valsts Nekustamie Īpašumi, State Inspection for Heritage Protection, State Police, museums and construction companies to discuss the Riga Castle issue and agreed that it is necessary to urgently restore the  Riga Castle after the fire and to ensure as soon as possible that the cultural and historic heritage is protected.
Speaker Āboltiņa conveys condolences to Spain
Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, on Thursday, 25 July, sent letters to Pío García Escudero, President of the Senate of the Spanish parliament, and Jesús Posada, President of the Congress of Deputies, offering her condolences in regard to the tragic railway accident in Spain.
Saeima has received almost 3,500 submissions in the first half of this year
During the first six months of this year, the Saeima has received almost 3,500 submissions, including three collective submissions. Six submissions addressed to the Saeima were submitted via internet portal www.latvija.lv.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica: It is essential to explain the process of euro introduction to society
The decision made today by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) to invite Latvia to join the euro area is significant not only politically and economically. This decision creates the need to explain to society the process of euro introduction, emphasised Chairperson Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica during today’s meeting of the European Affairs Committee.
Saeima adopts in the final reading voluminous amendments to construction regulations
On Tuesday, 9 July, the Saeima adopted in the third and final reading amendments to the Construction Law which provide for major changes in the current regulations that will significantly expedite the construction process and decrease the administrative burden for constructors.
Solvita Āboltiņa meets with President of Germany: Latvia is interested in even closer cooperation with Germany
“Developing close relations between the Baltic States and Germany is a foreign policy priority for our country and myself as the Speaker of the Saeima. Latvia is interested in strengthening our strategic cooperation at all levels,” said Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, on Monday, 8 July, when meeting with Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, in the Saeima.
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.
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