On Wednesday, 4 May, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, addressed the ceremonial parliament sitting in honour of the 26th anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia saying “What we need is to reach over the boundaries of our personal life. We need to do deeds that transcend time. We need a little heroic ambition for Latvia’s sake. Today on 4 May we celebrate Latvia, and it will live as long as it is in our hearts.”
On Thursday, 21 April, the Saeima in the second and final reading adopted urgent amendments to the Criminal Law, clarifying and improving the first draft of the amendments which stipulate new regulations regarding crimes against the state. The amendments have been drafted with the aim of bringing the relevant section of the Law up-to-date and providing means to address threats to Latvia’s security posed by hybrid warfare, by establishing measures of criminal justice to respond in a timely manner to possible threats on the fundamental interests of the state.
Speaker Mūrniece in Canada: strong transatlantic relationship serves our common security interests (15.04.2016.)
On Thursday, 14 April, during her official visit to Canada Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with high-ranking officials of the Senate and House of Commons. Speaker Mūrniece emphasised the importance of the partnership between Canada and Latvia, expressing appreciation for Canada’s practical contribution to strengthening security. She also underlined the close bilateral cooperation in implementing the decisions taken at the Wales Summit, and confirmed Latvia’s willingness to further develop cooperation within NATO, especially in light of the upcoming Warsaw Summit, where Canada’s political support will be crucial in reaching an agreement on long-term presence of NATO forces in the Baltics.
Speaker of the Saeima visits the United States Congress: agreement on long-term NATO presence in the Baltics must be reached at the Warsaw summit (13.04.2016.)
“The United States of America is Latvia’s most important strategic partner, and we greatly appreciate the US support, inter alia, in strengthening our national defence and border protection capabilities,” Ināra Mūrniece, the Speaker of the Saeima, emphasised when meeting with high-ranking Congress officials during her visit to the USA.
Ināra Mūrniece in Washington, D.C.: Holocaust victims will be forever remembered by Latvia (12.04.2016.)
“The Holocaust is an unfathomable historic tragedy for the Jewish people and Latvia as a country. Holocaust victims will always be remembered in Latvia,” said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, as she visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum during her working visit to the United States.
Speaker of the Saeima: Latvian diaspora plays a pivotal role during decisive moments for Latvia (11.04.2016.)
“We know and appreciate that Latvian Americans have always cherished the idea of an independent Latvia. The Latvian diaspora has played a pivotal part at critical points for Latvia – during the soviet occupation, in our efforts to raise international awareness about the occupation, and when we needed support for joining NATO. Latvia still needs you today when we are faced with information warfare targeting the minds and hearts of our people,” underlined Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima.
Speaker of the Saeima to visit the US and Canada (08.04.2016.)
Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, will visit the United States of America and Canada to discuss, in line with Latvia’s foreign policy priorities, the current international situation, the security of the Baltic region, and preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw.
On Thursday, 31 March, the Saeima adopted a statement condemning the conviction based on falsified evidence and politically motivated accusations of Nadiya Savchenko, member of the Ukrainian parliament and air force pilot.
Speaker of the Saeima: the Warsaw Summit should reach the decision on long-term NATO presence in the Baltics (30.03.2016.)
On Wednesday, 30 March, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, met with General Philip Mark Breedlove, Commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, at the parliament.
Speaker of the Saeima strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Brussels and expresses condolences to the victims and their families (22.03.2016.)
Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out in Brussels on 22 March, expresses her deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wishes quick recovery to those injured in the attacks.
Wishing happiness to Ukrainian children, Ināra Mūrniece opens a “Children for Peace Around the World” event in the Saeima building (18.03.2016.)
“As a reliable ally and true friend, we wish the Ukrainian people to shape the future they desire – in a free, democratic and European country where there is no war and where kids have joyful and happy childhood,” said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, today, on 17 March, as she addressed the participants of the international project “Children for Peace Around the World” in the Latvian parliament.
On Thursday, 10 March, the Saeima in the third and final reading adopted amendments to the Criminal Law. Inter alia, the Law has been supplemented with a new section establishing criminal liability for employers who pay salaries to their employees without registering these payments in their accounting.
Saeima supports higher pension indexation as of 2017 (10.03.2016.)
On Thursday, 3 March, the Saeima in the second and final reading adopted amendments to the Law on State Pensions that provide for a higher pension indexation as of 2017, whereby the pension indexation will be based on 50% of insurance contribution from wages instead of the current 25%.
Saeima preliminarily supports amendments to the Criminal Law aimed at addressing threats of hybrid warfare (03.03.2016.)
On Thursday, 3 March, the Saeima in the first reading adopted amendments to the Criminal Law, which substantially revise and adjust current provisions of the Law regarding the responsibility for crimes against the state. MPs agreed on the urgency of these amendments and decided to consider them in the second and final reading on 7 April.
Membership threshold of 500 to be applied to political parties running for the Saeima or European Parliament (03.03.2016.)
On Thursday, 3 March, the Saeima adopted in the third and final reading amendments to the Saeima Election Law, the Elections to the European Parliament Law and the Law on Political Parties, stipulating that henceforth political parties or unions thereof wishing to run in elections of the Saeima or the European Parliament must have at least 500 members.