Saeima committees could be formed next week in Latvia

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Members of the Saeima will be able to start their full work after committees are created. The Speaker of the Saeima, Edvards Smiltēns, told Latvian Radio on November 15 that committees should have started to be formed earlier but deputies and factions needed time. Committees are planned to be set up next week.

The 14th Saeima met for the first parliamentary meeting on November 1, when the deputies took the solemn oath and elected the Saeima presidium. Parliamentarians have also come together for a meeting in honor of the Saeima's centenary, but no more activity has so far happened.

The Saeima Bureau and the Council of Factions will finally advance the draft decision on the Principles for the Establishment of Permanent Committees of the Saeima.

Saeima Speaker Edvards Smiltēns said: “Of course, it could be faster, but I also respect the wishes of the opposition. I have also been asked on an individual basis about the time when these committees are planned, because the new Members need to familiarize themselves with and understand the structure of which committee is responsible for what [..]."

It is expected that Saeima factions will have to submit lists of deputies with a delegation to work in specific Saeima committees at the beginning of next week. These lists will be approved next Thursday at the Saeima meeting.

In the previous parliamentary term four years ago, the work organization also took time and the Saeima decided on the election of members in committees only on November 20.

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