Press releases

Political responsibility regarding national development strategies highlighted at conference in the Saeima
On Friday, 29 April, the Saeima hosted a conference on the Optimal Mechanism for the Introduction and Monitoring of National Development Strategies. Its participants pointed out that national development strategies have to receive broad political support already at the drafting stage because so far lack of political responsibility has been the weakest link in implementing the plans.
Through experience to understanding! A call to participate in the Youth Parliament
On Tuesday, 26 April, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, together with representatives from pro-transparency NGO Delna and the Children’s Forum of Latvia, launched the Youth Parliament project. She pointed out that the parliament should be open to all ideas and all people, including youths, whose creative ideas will shape Latvia in the future.
Solvita Āboltiņa stresses the significance of the Latvia–U.S. strategic partnership
On Wednesday, 20 April, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, met with U.S. senators in the Latvian parliament. She noted that since the renewal of its independence, Latvia has been working to establish close contacts with the United States as a strategic partner that has significantly supported Latvia in achieving its major foreign policy goals. These relations should be further enhanced in various areas, including defence, economy and energy.
The Portrait Gallery project in the Saeima is concluded
On Friday, 15 April, the Saeima and the Janis Rozentāls Art High School concluded their cooperation project, the Portrait Gallery, as a part of which young artists were invited to draw portraits of MPs and sketches of situations during plenary sittings starting from the early March.
The Saeima adopts amendments to the state budget for 2011
On Thursday, 14 April, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading amendments to the state budget for 2011 and nine budget-related laws.
Solvita Āboltiņa: cultural ties and experience in overcoming the recession link Latvia and the Czech Republic
On Monday, 11 April, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, and Miroslava Nĕmcová, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, had a meeting in the Saeima followed by a press briefing during which Āboltiņa noted that close historical and cultural ties link Latvia and its trustworthy ally – the Czech Republic.
MPs and staff members of the Saeima take part in Blood Donor Day
On 7 April, World Health Day, the Saeima participated in Blood Donor Day during which 66 people donated their blood in the State Blood Donor Centre bus stationed by the main building of the Saeima.
On Thursday, 7 April, the parliament adopted in the third reading amendments to the Law on Public Holidays, Commemorative Days and Days of Significance, and thus 4 May was renamed as the Day of the Renewal of Independence of the Republic of Latvia, and 21 August as the Day of the Adoption of the Constitutional Law on the Statehood of the Republic of Latvia.
On Tuesday, 5 April, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, emphasized at the annual Conference of European Union (EU) Member State Parliament Speakers: “Latvia’s goal at present is to fulfil the requirements of the Maastricht Treaty and to join the euro zone in 2014. That is why Latvia supports initiatives that promote stability and competitiveness in the euro zone.”
Āboltiņa meets with European Parliament President Buzek
On Monday, 4 April, Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, met with Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament (EP), prior to the annual Conference of European Union Parliament Speakers in Brussels.
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