Saeima and NGO forum on Stability, Partnership, Development
on 20 May 2013
On Monday, 20 May, the annual Saeima and NGO forum on Stability, Partnership, Development was held in the main building of the Saeima.
The forum was opened by Solvita Āboltiņa, Speaker of the Saeima, and Andris Gobiņš, President of the European Movement – Latvia.
The forum consisted of three parallel working sessions. In the first session, politicians, representatives of society and experts discussed the National Development Plan, EU’s Structural Funds and the role of NGOs in implementing both.
The second session was devoted to Latvia as a part of the core of the EU and to Latvians abroad.
The third session covered topical issues of social welfare, including the involvement of social and other cooperation partners in facilitating youth employment.
The working sessions were co-moderated by the chairpersons of the Saeima committees and representatives of the non-governmental sector. In the conclusion of the first part of the forum, reports from the working sessions were presented.
In 2006 the Saeima adopted a declaration on cooperation with NGOs, which sets forth principles for cooperation between the Saeima and NGOs, as well as tasks for improving this cooperation. Since then it has become a tradition to hold an annual forum of the Saeima and NGOs. This year the forum was held for the 7th time. More in Latvian