Press releases

Books and periodicals to receive a reduced 5 % VAT rate
As of next year, books, newspapers, and periodicals are to be subject to a reduced rate of value added tax (VAT) of 5 %. This is provided for in the amendments to the Value Added Tax Law adopted by the Saeima in the final reading on Monday, 15 November. The amendments are introduced in relation to the state budget for 2022.
Members of the Saeima and local government councils will need COVID 19 vaccination or recovery certificate to perform work duties
On Friday, 12 November, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading and as a matter of urgency a new Law on Temporary Additional Requirements for the Work of Members of the Saeima and Local Government Councils.
On Friday, 12 November, the Saeima approved Atis Lejiņš as the Head of the Latvian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA).
Saeima adopts the Law on Construction of the External Land Border Infrastructure
On Friday, 12 November, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading the Law on Construction of the External Land Border Infrastructure, developed to ensure swift and effective construction of infrastructure needed to protect the external land border.
MPs of several European countries condemn Lukashenko regime’s hybrid attacks at the eastern borders of the EU
On Friday, 12 November, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees and European Affairs Committees of several European countries sent a joint letter to the leaders of EU and NATO institutions, strongly condemning the ongoing hybrid attacks by the Lukashenko regime at the eastern borders of the EU and NATO.
On Thursday, 11 November, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading the draft law ratifying the Optional Protocol to the United Nations (UN) Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Obtaining and possessing falsified COVID-19 certificates can become subject to criminal liability
On Thursday, 11 November, the Saeima adopted in the second and final reading urgent amendments, stipulating criminal liability for obtaining or possessing falsified interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, testing, or recovery certificates.
Saeima adopts amendments to the Hunting Law
On 11 November, the Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Hunting Law that stipulate the minimal area requirement for the registration of hunting districts.
On Wednesday, 10 November, the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima supported the national position prepared by the Ministry of Transport in response to the proposal by the European Commission to revise the Radio Equipment Directive and establish a common standard for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles.
Vita Anda Tērauda discusses the current situation on the Belarusian border with Chairs of European Affairs Committees of Baltic and Polish Parliaments
On Wednesday, 10 November, Vita Anda Tērauda, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima, took part in a remote meeting with the heads of the European Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland and discussed the current situation on the border with Belarus.
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