New Saeima Speaker wants to improve parliament–NGO dialogue

New Saeima Speaker Daiga Mieriņa (Union of Greens and farmers) wants to improve Parliament's dialogue with non-governmental and public organizations, she said on the Latvian Television broadcast Morning Panorama on September 22.

The newly elected Speaker of the Saeima believes that "Parliament's work is important and there are many challenges".

"I have come to Parliament to work for Latvia and do everything I can do. That is why I may not be applying for one of the ministerial posts because I believe that work is important enough in Parliament too. […] Of course, we have a lot of challenges because it is no secret that trust in Parliament is not the highest. As a result, it is not only me but all of us, as a whole, who must build confidence in Parliament. […] The format and communication of the debate is the way we can show ourselves," Mieriņa said.

She would like to establish a "permanent dialogue with non-governmental and public organizations" in this post to explain what and how Parliament adopts.

Commenting on her statements before the 14th Saeima elections in connection with defending Aivars Lembergs, Mieriņa reiterated that her statements were largely influenced by the pre-election campaign of the Greens and Farmers Union.

"I am currently the Speaker of Parliament and with the most immense responsibility I take this duty and distance myself from anything that may question Latvia's reputation, it is my duty," Mieriņa said.

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