Accreditation for work in Latvian state institutions is granted to foreign media representatives by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. How can one obtain permanent accreditation?
One-day accreditation cards must be requested ahead of time by telephone (+371 67087244) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications must contain the following information: name, surname, phone number, personal ID number, the represented media and the required accreditation date.
In order to obtain a one-day accreditation card for the first time in a given calendar year, the applicant must do the following upon arriving at the Saeima:
- contact the Saeima Press Service (at Jēkaba iela 16) and present a valid press card or a written affidavit from the head of the media organisation confirming that the applicant represents this organisation;
- confirm by signature that they have read and understood the rules of accreditation and the rules of conduct of media representatives in the Plenary Chamber;
- once the accreditation has been approved, the applicant may proceed to the relevant building of the Saeima. One-day accreditation cards may be obtained at the security post of each building upon presenting a personal ID.
The confirmation needs to be signed only once in a calendar year. The staff of the Saeima Press Service and security personnel retain the right to verify whether an applicant does indeed represent the media organisation they have indicated.
Individuals who have been granted a one-day accreditation card may obtain this card at the security post in any of the Saeima buildings, upon presenting a personal ID. The card must be returned to the security officers at the end of the visit. Sharing one’s accreditation card with anyone else is forbidden!
To learn more about accreditation of media representatives for work in the Saeima premises, please call +371 67087281 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Electronic access system
The entrance of the buildings of the Saeima is equipped with an automated electronic access system. Visitors holding one-day accreditation cards receive the digital entrance card at the security checkpoint upon presenting a valid accreditation card and personal ID. The gate is opened by placing the entrance card against the reader on the side of the turnstile. Upon leaving, the digital entrance card shall be returned to security guards.
The permanent accreditation card gives access to the Saeima buildings on weekdays from 7:30 to 18:00. On days when the Saeima works overtime, the automated electronic access system is adjusted accordingly to ensure access. If access to Saeima buildings is required outside the aforementioned hours, we ask journalists to contact the Press Service.
Digital entrance cards should not be shared with other individuals!
Wearing the media accreditation card
While inside the Saeima buildings media representatives should prominently display their media accreditation card fastened to their clothes. For their convenience, one-day media accreditation cards are distributed together with plastic clips. When leaving the Saeima, please return those clips to the Security Service at their station.
Media Room (Jēkaba iela 16, Room 101)
Media representatives working at the Saeima may use the Media Room, which is equipped with Internet-connected computers.
All the Saeima premises, including the Plenary Chamber, have a wireless Internet connection. In order to use the Internet, no password or access code is needed.
Application to receive press releases
If you wish to receive press releases (in Latvian) issued by the Press Service, please subscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the Press Service for further information concerning press releases in English.
Photos and videos related to the Saeima
Photos related to the work of the Saeima can be downloaded at Flickr. A gallery containing videos related to the work of the Saeima can be found at YouTube and Vimeo. When using a photo or video, please give credit to the Saeima.
Pictures and video material published on the Saeima website, included in the Saeima’s publications and informative materials, as well as uploaded on the Saeima’s picture account on Flickr and on the Saeima’s channel on YouTube and Vimeo (hereinafter – audiovisual material), are the property of the Saeima Administration and thus are subject to the Copyright Law.
Audiovisual material can be copied, reproduced, published, stored, archived, and distributed without the consent of the Saeima if it is done for informative, educational or research purposes, as well as for analytical reviews or news releases.
Audiovisual material used for the above-mentioned purposes can be modified and processed unless such modification or processing discredits the Saeima and the people appearing in the material or if it misleads the viewer about the circumstances in which the material was taken; moreover, the material cannot be used for commercial advertising purposes. Non-compliance with these regulations will be considered a violation of copyright and property rights.
When publishing audiovisual material, it is mandatory to give credit to the author and the right-holder, i.e. the Saeima Administration.
Depending on the nature of the copyright violation and consequences thereof, the violator will be held criminally or administratively liable in accordance with the law.
When publishing audiovisual material electronically, it is desirable to include a hyperlink to the source – for example, the Saeima website, the parliament’s account on Flickr or its channel on YouTube or Vimeo.
The use of audiovisual material for any other purposes should be coordinated with the Public Relations Department of the Saeima by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Work at plenary sittings
Information on the course of plenary sitting, its agenda, related documents and debate procedures can be obtained from the staff members of the Press Service. Upon request, the Press Service can also provide journalists with printouts of the votes cast by MPs and transcripts of the sitting.
During open plenary sittings, mass media representatives accredited to the Saeima are allowed to stay in the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber, but only photographers and camera operators representing the mass media are allowed in the MPs’ section of the Plenary Chamber.
During open plenary sittings, photographers and camera operators are allowed to take pictures or make video recordings from the rear part (alongside the windows) of the Plenary Chamber. However, during a secret ballot, it is prohibited to take pictures or make video recordings (cameras should be switched off), and media representatives are not allowed in the MPs’ section of the Plenary Chamber.
During open plenary sittings, staff members of the Public Relations Department, in cooperation with the Saeima security officers, may allow photographers and camera operators to take pictures or make video recordings for a short time (up to five minutes) from the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber unless it disturbs those who are in the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber.
Photographers and camera operators are allowed to enter the MPs’ section of the Plenary Chamber only through the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber.
During open plenary sittings, interviews and video recordings for the reporters’ visual material must be made outside the Plenary Chamber.
Media representatives must fasten their accreditation card to their clothes in an easily visible place.
Media representatives are not allowed to enter the Plenary Chamber in their outerwear.
While in the Plenary Chamber, media representatives must behave quietly, must avoid disturbing the work of MPs and must refrain from speaking on the mobile phone. Media representatives must follow the instructions of the staff members of the Public Relations Department and the Security Service.
If these rules are breached, the staff members of the Public Relations Department and the Security Service have the right to reprimand the relevant media representatives or, depending on the nature of the violation, eject them from the Plenary Chamber.
Due to security considerations, please do not leave your personal belongings and work equipment (including bags, cases, etc.) in the territory of the Saeima unattended. Unattended belongings will be removed by the security service without prior notice.
Contact information for media representatives
To help you with your work at the Saeima, the team of the Public Relations Department is at your disposal. They will be happy to answer your questions, provide access to documents and offer other assistance.
Lelde Rāfelde, Head of the Public Relations Department
Phone: + 371 67087218, mobile phone: +371 26136160
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jēkaba iela 16, Room 116
Dana Naunikas, Deputy Head of the Public Relations Department
Phone: + 371 67087281, mobile phone: + 371 29190018
E-mail: email@example.com, Jēkaba iela 16, Rooms 114-115
Juris Vīgulis, Head of the Press Service of the Public Relations Department
Phone: + 371 67087281, mobile phone: + 371 26184007
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jēkaba iela 16, Rooms 114-115
E-mail for general questions: email@example.com