5th Youth Parliament
On Monday, 27 April, concluding the 5th Youth Parliament, the young people who were particularly active in sectoral committees and took the initiative in discussions on draft declarations of the Youth Parliament were awarded the title of the Future Politician.
The title of Future Politician was awarded to Edgars Korsaks-Mills from Riga Technical University; Žaklīna Vagoliņa from Ogre State Gymnasium; Lora Eglīte from Dundaga Secondary School; and Elīza Dāldere from Āgenskalns State Gymnasium. They will have an opportunity to attend the ceremonial sitting of the Saeima held on 4 May at the Latvian National Theatre in honour of the 25th anniversary of the renewal of independence of the Republic of Latvia.
For the first time in the history of the Youth Parliament its members gave the oath of office before being granted their mandates and cast their votes with the electronic voting system of the Saeima. Out of the 100 elected members, 95 young people gathered at the 5th Youth Parliament on 27 April thus gaining first-hand experience in the daily work of an MP.
Members of the 5th Youth Parliament held two plenary sittings where they adopted three declarations drafted in sectoral committees: on promotion of patriotism, introduction of security and defence studies in schools, involvement of students in national information and cyber security, on healthy living, health care and social care, as well as on more active involvement of young people in EU activities and policy planning. For the first time members of the Youth Parliament rejected the declaration drafted by the Education, Culture and Science Committee on training of youths for the labour market.
Based on competition of ideas about Latvia’s growth and development, members of the Youth Parliament were elected by a public vote in proportion to the number of inhabitants in each region of Latvia. A total of 135 young people were listed as candidates for the Youth Parliament, and 4,589 votes were cast.
The plenary sittings and conclusion of the 5th Youth Parliament were broadcast live on the Saeima website www.saeima.lv. Information about the project is also available on social networks www.draugiem.lv/jauniesusaeima/, www.youtube.com/jauniesusaeima, as well as on Twitter ― @jauniesusaeima and @jekaba11.
The Youth Parliament was organised by the Saeima. Publicity was provided by the social network Draugiem.lv, Latvian Television and Latvian Radio.
Material from the 5th Youth Parliament
Video from the 1st plenary sitting
Video from the 2nd plenary sitting
Video from the closing event
Photos from the 5th Youith Parliament
Video about the 1st plenary sitting
Video about the 5th Youth Parliament
Photos on preparations before the 5th Youth Parliament
List of members of the 5th Youth Parliament (in Latvian)
Agenda of the 5th Youth Parliament (in Latvian)
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