Saeima moves to tighten law on military aircraft

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Saeima deputies on Thursday, June 7, conceptually supported the amendments to the Law on Aviation aimed at streamlining the same procedures for both Latvian and allied foreign military aircraft. reported the Saeima press service. 

The draft law clarifies the definition of military aircraft as an aircraft registered in the Latvian or foreign military aviation registers, as well as civil aviation aircraft used for military purposes. 

Currently, the regulation of military aircraft included in the law applies only to aircraft registered in Latvia, which are used by the Latvian National Armed Forces to perform national defense functions. 

Changes in the aviation law are necessary because the basic rules of the regulation of military aviation have not been conceptually changed since 1994 when Latvia was neither a NATO nor European Union member state. 

In order for the amendments to enter into force, they must be approved by the Saeima in two more readings.

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