Posts tagged as Saeima

Saeima approves Latvian troops’ participation in two missions

Thursday, September 17, 2020

On Thursday the Saeima adopted a decision on the participation of Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldiers in the European Union (EU) military operation in the Mediterranean region and the NATO mission in  Iraq, Saeima press service said September 17. In the EU military operation in the Mediterranean region, the officer permanently seconded from the NBS served at the operational headquarters of the operation in Rome. However, in order to make…

Start-ups in Latvia can now get state aid more easily

Friday, September 4, 2020

In order to allow more start-ups to qualify for state aid, the Saeima adopted amendments in the framework of support for start-ups on Thursday, September 3, said the Saeima Press Service. In future, start-ups that set up a related company abroad for capital raising will also be eligible for State aid. In practice, a shortcoming has been identified that prevents prospective start-ups from receiving aid, who set up a related company…

President Levits tells Saeima to consider algorithms and sustainability

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits took part in the opening of the Fall session of the Saeima September 3, using the opportunity of addressing the chamber to recommend various areas requiring legislation. He opened by urging Saeima deputies to think in a long-term, sustainable manner, referencing the year 2030 as a  touchstone. “A good starting point for sustainability goals is 10 years, so 2030. It’s not too far away to indulge in dreams, yet not too…

Latvia: Saeima will meet face-to-face again

Monday, August 31, 2020

After a six-month break, Saeima meetings will be held again in person, as decided by the Saeima Presidium Monday, August 31. The first meeting on September 3 will start with the address of the President Egils Levits. Following the proposal of Saeima Presidium representative Andrejs Klementjevs, the Saeima will again allow journalists to enter the central building on Jekaba Street 11. The future meetings of the Saeima commissions and the possibility…

Latvia will allocate €150 000 to Belarusian civil society

Monday, August 17, 2020

On Monday, the government agreed at an emergency meeting to strengthen Belarusian civil society by allocating €150,000 to it, Latvian Radio reported August 17. According to Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (“New Unity”), legal aid could also be one of the lines of support. According to Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior, Latvia is prepared to accept political asylum seekers, and services are ready for different scenarios. In a press conference…

Saeima committee demands more from government’s minimum income plans

Friday, August 7, 2020

Government proposals for the revision of the minimum income level in Latvia are more reminiscent of accounting calculations than real innovations in social protection according to deputies on the Social and Labor Affairs Committee of the Saeima on Tuesday, August 4, after examining the Ministry of Welfare’s ideas for raising the guaranteed minimum income (GMI) level. “The Constitutional Court has condemned the social security system built so far for the most vulnerable part…

Ethics committee votes no violation in MP reposting anti-LGBT content

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Saeima MP Jānis Iesalnieks (National Alliance), who mid-July had retweeted a post allegedly of a discriminating nature against sexual minorities, has not violated the Saeima Code of Ethics, Latvian Television reported August 5. Development/For!, supported by Harmony, had turned to the Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee regarding a post on Twitter where Jānis Iesalnieks had allegedly encouraged hatred towards a group of society. On March 1, Iesalnieks had retweeted a post…

Latvia: New Conservative Party suggests freezing cadastral values until 2026

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The ruling five-party goverment coalition has so far failed to agree on the precise details of a revision of the real estate tax system. Now one of the coalition parties, the New Conservative Party (JKP) has submitted a draft law to the Saeima, which provides for both the freezing of cadastral values and the task for the government to revise the real estate tax system, JKP proposes to continue to apply the…

President: Coalition works well but can fuss over nothing

Monday, August 3, 2020

President Egils Levits told Latvian Radio August 3 that the current coalition works well together; however, internal bickers often have no serious reason. In an interview, Levits said that the coalition “has been cooperating somehow” and the result is not bad, adding that the government had managed the COVID-19 state of emergency with success. He also said it would be hard to find an alternative for this coalition. “The coalition works…

Saeima supports visa revocation for quarantine violations

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If a foreigner in Latvia has violated the rules of isolation, self-isolation or quarantine, he or she will be subject to the revocation of a temporary residence permit or a visa. These measures, previously agreed by the government, were supported by Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, in a first reading July 21. Such changes are necessary because a significant part of the newly registered COVID-19 cases in Latvia have been identified to have come from…