13. Saeima Speaker's Headlines

Ināra Mūrniece: The quality of legislation must be promoted as to its content, the sustainability of the State and the fundamental values enshrined in the Constitution
The parliament as an institution elected by the people, by way of representation, embodies the will of the sovereign, an it is a great mandate and responsibility. On Friday, 7 February, Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, opened the discussion "The Legislative Role of the Council of State” and emphasised the need to promote the quality of legislation as much as possible with regards to its content, the sustainability of the State and the fundamental values enshrined in the Constitution. 
The friendly parliamentary dialogue between Latvia and the Republic of Korea has laid a solid foundation for cooperation between businesses of the two countries, as well as for boosting tourism. We want the people of both countries to increasingly benefit from our active political cooperation. This was emphasised by Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, during a meeting with Kang Kyung-wha, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, in Seoul, where she also called for the strengthening of bilateral cooperation.
Speaker Mūrniece in South Korea: Our countries share similar values
"Although geographically our countries stand far apart, Latvia is located on the side of the European Union that is the closest to the Republic of Korea. We are close in our spirit, for the 20th century brought painful experiences both upon Latvia and South Korea. Today, we stand as like-minded countries that respect democracy, law-based international order and human rights,” said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, during her meeting with Moon Hee-sang, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, in Seoul as a part of an official visit to South Korea.
Ināra Mūrniece: Our nation can thrive only alongside our state
“It is statehood that will uphold Latvia. Our nation can only thrive if our state thrives,” said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, on Monday, 18 November, at the ceremonial sitting of the Saeima in honour of the 101st anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia.
Speaker Mūrniece in Strasbourg: We must stand firm for Ukraine and international law
"Together we must stand firm for Ukraine and international law. Over the 70 years of the existence of the Council of Europe, it has been an outstanding, standard-setting body in areas such as human rights, the rule of law, and democracy. Unfortunately, today the authority of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is in jeopardy. The illegal annexation of Crimea, the armed conflict in Donbas, the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the flagrant violations of the freedom of speech and assembly, and the persecution of human rights activists are issues the avoidance of which undermines the public trust in the Council of Europe and the values for which it stands," said Speaker Ināra Mūrniece, addressing the audience at the European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments of the member states of the Council of Europe.
Speaker Mūrniece to the President of Ukraine: You can count on strong support from the Parliament of Latvia
"There is broad support in the Parliament of Latvia for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration. We are following the developments in Ukraine, and you can always count on strong support from Latvia's Parliament for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, on Wednesday, 16 October, addressing the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during his official visit to Latvia.
Ināra Mūrniece: we are open to increased cooperation with the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan
Latvia is ready to share its experience regarding democratic changes and parliamentary work, as well as to support Kyrgyzstan in further reforms, stressed Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, on Tuesday, 15 October, at the Saeima in the meeting with Dastanbek Dzhumabekov, Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament, who is currently on an official visit to Latvia.
Mūrniece and Norlén: the Council of Europe must protect democracy
“The Baltic States and the Nordic countries should work in close cooperation to defend their common European values, democracy, and human rights,” stressed Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima, in a meeting at the Parliament of Latvia with Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden, during his official visit to Latvia.
Ināra Mūrniece: democracy was the method Jānis Čakste chose for the development of Latvia
Democracy was the method Jānis Čakste chose for the development of Latvia. It was his decision, his path and his vision. Democracy also serves as the foundation of Latvia’s current development, stressed Ināra Mūrniece, the Speaker of the Saeima, in her opening address at the scientific conference dedicated to the 160th anniversary of Jānis Čakste on Friday, 13 September, at the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia. J.Čakste was the Chairman of the People’s Council, the Speaker of the Constitutional Assembly, and the first President of the Republic of Latvia.
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