On Tuesday, 24 April, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, participated in the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments in Tallinn. In a keynote speech delivered during the session on the security and defence of the EU, the Speaker emphasised that a close security cooperation between the European Union and NATO has never been as important as it is now, especially in the area of cybersecurity and hybrid-threats.
“Latvia welcomes comprehensive reforms implemented by the political leadership of Uzbekistan. Better investment and business climate, in particular, will create new opportunities for strengthening bilateral economic cooperation,” underlined Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, on Tuesday, April 17, while meeting with high-level Uzbek officials in Tashkent.
On Friday, 13 April, concluding the 8th Youth Parliament, the title of Future Politician was awarded to Ieva Strupa, Rota Lāce, Ludmila Moisejenkova and Elīna Repse. These young people were particularly active in sectoral committees and involved in discussions on draft declarations of the Youth Parliament.
Saeima ratifies Memorandum of Understanding between the Latvian and Canadian governments on enhanced defence partnership and security cooperation (12.04.2018.)
On Thursday, 12 April, Saeima ratified a Memorandum of Understanding between the Latvian and Canadian governments on enhanced defence partnership and security cooperation. In the Memorandum of Understanding, the Canadian government is represented by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. The Memorandum of Understanding defines the framework for security cooperation between Latvia and Canada. It also details the rights and responsibilities of Canadian troops, military personnel and contractors stationed in Latvia.
Saeima adopts legal framework for cooperation in disaster prevention among Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania (22.03.2018.)
On Thursday, 22 March, the Saeima in the second and final reading adopted a draft law on the ratification of the Agreement between the governments of the three Baltic States On Mutual Assistance and Cooperation in the Field of Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Response aimed at protecting people, the environment and property, including cultural heritage.
On Thursday, 22 March, the Saeima in the third and final reading supported amendments to the Education Law and the General Education Law, regarding the transition to Latvian as the only language of instruction in general secondary education. The transition will be gradual, to be completed by school year 2021/2022.
Saeima supports furthering of the Rail Baltica project (15.03.2018.)
On Thursday, 15 March, the Saeima adopted a decision on supporting the further implementation of the Rail Baltica project. The decision urges the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia to provide all the necessary support to ensure successful implementation of the project, including compliance with the set time-frame, which is essential for maintaining the political and financial support of the EU.
Ināra Mūrniece addresses the Seimas of Lithuania on the Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania (11.03.2018.)
On Sunday, 11 March, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed the Lithuanian Parliament at a ceremonial sitting in honour of the Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania. Speaker Mūrniece opened her address saying: “On behalf of Latvia, allow me to congratulate Lithuania on 11 March, the Day of Restoration of Independence!”
The Saeima urges Ilmārs Rimšēvičs to resign from the Governor of the Bank of Latvia post (09.03.2018.)
On Thursday, 8 March, the Saeima supported a draft decision on urging Mr Ilmārs Rimšēvičs to resign from the post of the Governor of the Bank of Latvia.
Speaker Mūrniece: Cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries must be strengthened in countering disinformation (02.03.2018.)
On Friday, 2 March, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed the participants of the interparliamentary conference “Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Eastern Partnership and Current Security Challenges” in Chisinau, Moldova, pointing out that the transatlantic community must strengthen its cooperation and work even closer with the Eastern Partnership countries to counter the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns.
European Affairs Committee: Strong political backing across Baltics required for Rail Baltica project to move forward (02.03.2018.)
On Friday, 2 March, members of the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima convened and agreed that a timely and effective implementation of the high-speed railway project Rail Baltica depends on a clear and strong political support from all three Baltic States. Furthermore, the Committee agreed to submit a draft decision on the support for further development of the Rail Baltica project to be deliberated by the Saeima.
Consistent continuation of the reforms is the only option for Moldova to advance toward the European Union; however, the reforms are even more important for the people of Moldova, said Ināra Mūrnieces, Speaker of the Saeima, during a meeting with Adrian Candu, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, and Iurie Leancă, Deputy Prime Minister, in Chisinau, Moldova.
Inese Lībiņa-Egnere: Latvia’s financial system is stable, yet Latvia’s reputation has been damaged (19.02.2018.)
According to Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, Chair of the Saeima National Security Committee, the Committee held a meeting on Monday, 19 February, to discuss the arrest of the Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and the current status of ABLV Bank with representatives from various relevant institutions.
Address to the Saeima by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom (15.02.2018.)
On Wednesday, 14 February, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with Rt. Hon. John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who is on an official visit to Latvia, first Speaker-level visit since 2000. Speaker Mūrniece expressed appreciation of the United Kingdom’s contribution in strengthening the security of the Baltic States and underlined the importance of further developing close partnership in such core areas as security, defence and foreign policy.