On Thursday, 25 May, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the European Parliament Election Law, which set out the possibility for voters to vote at any polling station.
Speaker Smiltēns at energy forum: Energy decisions are a matter of national security and the lifeblood of economy (22.05.2023.)
“Energy strategy decisions cannot be taken by select ministries; they must emerge at the Saeima and with broad political participation, as decisions concerning energy are a matter of national security, the lifeblood of economy, attracting investments, and growth,” emphasised Edvards Smiltēns, Speaker of the Saeima, on Monday, 22 May, at the opening of an energy forum at the Parliament.
Edvards Smiltēns to speakers of the Baltic parliaments in Tallinn: Baltic States’ cooperation strengthens regional security (19.05.2023.)
“The Baltic States share a similar view of security challenges and our cooperation strengthens regional security,” Edvards Smiltēns, Speaker of the Saeima, highlighted on Friday, 19 May, in the Estonian capital of Tallinn when meeting with Lauri Hussar, Speaker of the Parliament of Estonia, and Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Parliament of Lithuania.
The Saeima and NGO forum emphasises dialogue in representing and defending the interests of different social groups (19.05.2023.)
On Friday, 19 May, the annual Saeima and non-governmental organisation (NGO) forum took place at the main building of the Saeima. This year the forum was focused on security aspects, with an emphasis on the importance of democracy and civic awareness, support for Ukraine and prosperity for national development.
On Thursday, 18 May, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments, which had been deemed urgent and by which a directive of the European Commission is to be transposed, establishing restrictions on placing flavoured heated tobacco products on the market.
Edvards Smiltēns in Madrid: We thank Spain for contributing to strengthening the security of the Baltic region (12.05.2023.)
“We are grateful to Spain for its significant contribution in strengthening NATO deterrence and defence capabilities in the Baltic region. Latvia and Spain share excellent bilateral relations and cooperation within the European Union and NATO,” Edvards Smiltēns, Speaker of the Saeima, noted during his working visit to Spain.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica in Seville: Artificial intelligence generated fake news pose serious risks to democracy and security (12.05.2023.)
“Russia is testing different approaches to weakening the existing international order and trying to offer alternatives appealing to authoritarian regimes around the world. It is dangerous for democracies and threatens the values that we all believe in. We must strongly defend the rules-based international order," said Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Deputy Speaker of the Saeima, at the meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Seville, Spain.
On Thursday, 11 May, the Saeima supported the government’s decision to extend the state of emergency in the Latvian-Belarusian border area.
Address by Edvards Smiltēns, Speaker of the Saeima, at the Saeima ceremonial sitting of 4 May 2023 in honour of the 33rd anniversary of the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Latvia (04.05.2023.)
Honourable Members of the Saeima,Esteemed Members of the Supreme Council,Dear guests,
Speaker Smiltēns on 4 May: Vigilant safeguarding of parliamentary democracy is the highest form of patriotism (04.05.2023.)
“Today, the most valuable affirmation of our patriotism and love for our country, people, and state is to vigilantly safeguard parliamentary democracy, to protect the most sacred values—our freedom, independence and democracy,” said Edvards Smiltēns, Speaker of the Saeima, on Thursday, 4 May, addressing participants of the ceremonial Saeima sitting on the occasion of the Day of Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia.