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On Thursday, 19 January, the Saeima adopted Air Passenger Data Law in the final reading. The law creates a legal framework for the establishment of Passenger Name Record (PNR).
On Thursday, 12 January, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with Saulius Skvernelis, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Lithuania, for whom Latvia is the first foreign visit in his office. Speaker Mūrniece emphasised that Latvia and Lithuania have always been close partners, but mutual support and coordinated action is even more important now in light of unprecedented geopolitical challenges.
On Thursday, 12 January, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Law on the State Border; they provide that, with the aim of strengthening border security and facilitating the work of border guards, rivers along the Eastern border have now been included in the state border zone.
On Thursday, 22 December, the Saeima submitted for examination to the Citizenship, Migration and Social Cohesion Committee a draft decision on granting citizenship to the world renowned dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov based on his exceptional merits on behalf of Latvia. 
On Thursday, 22 December, the Saeima adopted in the third and final reading a law establishing stricter supervision of the work of insolvency administrators, as well as introducing free-market principles in the legal protection process. 
On Tuesday, 20 December, the Saeima adopted in the final reading the fast-track amendments to the Micro-enterprise Tax Law and the Law on State Social Insurance, according to which as of 1 January 2017 the micro-enterprise tax rate is set at 15% of turnover and the introduction of the proposed minimum social insurance contributions is called off. 
Latvia is ready for a close cooperation as Estonia will become the presiding country both in the Council of the European Union (EU) and in the Baltic region next year. This was stressed by Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, on Friday, 16 December, when meeting in the Saeima with Sven Mikser, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.
On Thursday, 15 December, the Saeima adopted in the first reading a proposal for the Social Entrepreneurship Law, aimed at promoting social entrepreneurship in Latvia.
On Wednesday, 14 December, while visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima,  met with some of the top officials of the UAE: Amal Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.
While visiting the United Arab Emirates, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with the first residing Ambassador of the UAE to Latvia, Hanan Halfan Olbaid al Madani. The ambassador is expected to arrive in Latvia in January 2017.
On Monday, 12 December, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed the 11th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. “We live in a time of military conflicts, hybrid warfare, terrorism, extremism, and violence. We need to devote maximum effort to eliminate the causes of international conflicts and prevent new ones from arising. International conflicts can only be resolved through common understanding and joint action,” said Speaker Mūrniece.
On Tuesday, 6 December, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with Viktoras Pranckietis, the newly elected speaker of the parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. “Lithuania has always been our closest neighbour and friend.  We are close partners and allies, who maintain an active political dialogue and exchange of visits. I highly appreciate that you have chosen Latvia as destination of your first foreign visit,” said Mūrniece.
On Wednesday, 23 November, at an extraordinary sitting the Saeima adopted in the final reading a draft law establishing a support programme for start-ups, thus promoting their creation.
On Friday, 18 November, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed the participants of the ceremonial sitting in honour of the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia held at the parliament.  “As we each defend our own interests, let us not lose sight of the bigger picture, of our preeminent objective – the state of Latvia. It is unanimity that is needed in order to build something,” said Speaker Mūrniece, urging everyone to dedicate their thoughts and deeds to the state of Latvia and its future.
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