Saeima
Saeima reaffirms state of emergency
On Thursday October 14, following extensive discussions, the Saeima supported the government's order to announce an emergency by January 11 to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Saeima's got a brand new bag
Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs presented his budget plans to the Saeima October 14 for discussion and debate. In keeping with tradition he did so by handing his spending plans over in a briefcase, but in a break with tradition he used a brand new and decidedly eye-catching piece of designer luggage.
Maverick MP makes Saeima switch back to distance format
Not for the first time, independent opposition MP Aldis Gobzems was the center of attention in Latvia's parliament September 2 when his refusal to show a valid Covid test certificate - despite apparently having one - forced the Saeima to revert to its e-Saeima distanced format instead of holding a full in-person sitting.
Saeima will meet in person as of September
The Saeima Bureau and the Faction Council agreed unanimously today Saeima will meet on-site as of September 2, and that members without a Covid-19 certificate will be able to attend with a negative Covid-19 test, LETA reported August 24.
Europarliament President Sassoli to visit Latvia
The President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, will pay an official visit to Latvia from 18 to 19 August as part of a visit to all three Baltic States to mark the thirtieth anniversary of their restoration of independence.
Speakers of Baltic parliaments meet in Latvia
The speakers of all three Baltic national parliaments are attending a meeting in Latvia July 8 and 9, where issues relating to the economy, security and environment of the region will be discussed. The surge in illegal immigration from Belarus to Lithuania will also be spoken about.
Saeima committee rejects defining hate crime against sexual minorities
A majority of the Saeima Criminal Policy Sub-Committee on Tuesday, May 11, rejected proposals to define hate crimes directed against sexual orientation more precisely in the law. The proposal to count crime against sexual orientation as an aggravating circumstance was also rejected.
Vaccination Bureau must go, Saeima decides
On Thursday, the Saeima supported amendments to the Covid-19 Infection Management Law, which requires Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to instruct the responsible minister to remove the Vaccination Project Bureau by June 1.
Stepaņenko the centurion in Saeima speaking stakes
Independent Saeima Deputy Jūlija Stepaņenko cruised to victory in the undeclared but keenly-contested race to be the most frequent Saeima speaker during the winter parliamentary session, notching up an incredible 100 visits to the virtual podium, according to statistics released by the Saeima March 29.

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