Press releases

Mrs. Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, sent a letter to Mr. John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, congratulating him on assuming the office.
I give my sincere greetings to the Orthodox and Old-believers of Latvia for the Christmas holidays.
For the first time a debate on foreign policy and European Union matters will be held in the Saeima at the end of January.
Since the 10th Saeima convened, 41 members of parliament have already renounced hard copies of documents related to plenary sittings. A symbolic green spruce is glued on their file boxes.
The Saeima adopts the state budget for 2011
On Monday, 20 December, at the extraordinary plenary sitting the Saeima adopted in the final reading the state budget for 2011. The budget was adopted with 54 MPs voting for, 38 voting against, and one abstaining.
Christmas is a season of peace, love and serene joyfulness. It has a special magic – while nature sinks into darkness, we are able to find light within ourselves. We light candles and prepare gifts for our loved ones. We know that it does not take much to make the holiday season a lot brighter.
Gifts for children are made at the Christmas workshop located by the main building of the Saeima
On Thursday, 16 December, gingerbread biscuits were iced, and Christmas-tree decorations, as well as other gifts for children, were made at the creative Christmas workshop located by the main building of the Saeima. Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa, MPs, families with children and staff members of the Saeima were involved in the workshop.
On Thursday, 16 December, Mrs. Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, in addressing MPs at the plenary sitting, expressed her gratitude to the parliament of Iceland for the Parliamentary Resolution on Support for the Baltic States’ Strife for Independence, which was adopted twenty years ago.
Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa: Drafting of next year’s budget is characterised by stability, partnership and responsibility
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.
Draft state budget for 2011 is submitted to the Saeima
On Tuesday, 7 December, the draft state budget for 2011, which was prepared by the Cabinet of Ministers, was submitted to the Saeima.
Otrdien, 6.decembrī
10:00  Budžeta un finanšu (nodokļu) komisijas 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
12:00  Saeimas priekšsēdētāja V.E. Edvarda Smiltēna tikšanās ar Moldovas Republikas ārkārtējo un pilnvaroto vēstnieku Latvijas Republikā V.E. Andrian Roşa
13:00  Saeimas priekšsēdētāja V.E. Edvarda Smiltēna tikšanās ar Zviedrijas Karalistes ārkārtējo un pilnvaroto vēstnieci Latvijas Republikā V.E. Karin Höglund
13:00  Saeimas Ārlietu komisijas priekšsēdētāja Riharda Kola tikšanās ar Igaunijas Republikas ārkārtējo un pilnvaroto vēstnieku Latvijas Republikā V.E. Eerik Marmei