Saeima decides on COVID-19 laws after emergency

On Friday, June 5, the Saeima decided on a number of laws and amendments that will regulate restrictions and support in the Covid-19 crisis after the end of the emergency, namely after June 9.

At the beginning of the sitting on Friday, a majority of MEPs shortened the time of the debate.

In the second - final reading, MEPs decided on:

Amendments to the Epidemiological Safety Law, which provides for additional powers and measures to adjust the competencies and activities of persons' rights and institutions.

Amendments to the Law on Insolvency, also supported at first reading, providing for the possibility of holding company creditor meetings remotely.

Changes to the Code of Administrative Violations, which will allow for the punishment for violation of restrictions imposed during COVID-19.

In the first reading, the following was conceptually supported:

  • the government will continue to have the right to take decisions on COVID-19 mitigation issues and the Saeima will be informed about these decisions.
  • support for citizens and entrepreneurs affected by the crisis will remain in place until the end of the year but downtime compensations will be paid until June 30.
  • taxpayers affected by COVID-19 crisis will be able to apply for an extension of tax period by December 30.
  • local governments will have the right to set other periods for payment of real estate tax this year;
  • the Minister for Finance will be given the right to take loans on behalf of the State if the Saeima is informed;
  • the Minister for Finance will also be entitled to increase national debt ceiling specified in the State Budget Law at the end of the financial year.

Covid-19 infection distribution management bill will allow the government to impose restrictions on assembly, cultural, religious and sporting sites, public transportation, and to decide on functioning of schools and health services.

 

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