Taking into account the current situation with the spread of COVID-19 and the restrictions set in the country, media representatives are invited to follow the work of the Saeima remotely. Live broadcasts of plenary sittings are available on the Saeima website and Facebook page. Live broadcasts of open committee meetings, as well as audio recordings thereof, can also be accessed remotely. This is a necessary precaution to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
Media representatives are urged to contact MPs by means of IT solutions. Additionally, accredited media representatives are permitted to work in the Grand Vestibule of the main building of the Saeima during plenary sittings.
Media representatives may also use the premises of the Visitor and Information Centre of the Saeima at Jēkaba iela 16 (entrance from Trokšņu iela) for interviews, if needed. The premises are available on working days from 9:00 to 16:30. Due to physical distancing and epidemiological safety requirements, no more than three persons are allowed in the premises at the same time.
Prior booking of the premises must be submitted to the Public Relations Bureau of the Saeima by e-mail to email@example.com, or by calling 67087281.
Media representatives who require visual material (video footage) to depict the process of plenary sittings are invited to contact the Saeima Press Service.
Accreditation for work in Latvian state institutions is granted to foreign media representatives by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. How can one obtain permanent accreditation?
One-day accreditation cards must be requested ahead of time by telephone (+371 67087244) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications must contain the following information: name, surname, phone number, personal ID number, the represented media and the required accreditation date.
In order to obtain a one-day accreditation card for the first time in a given calendar year, the applicant must do the following upon arriving at the Saeima:
- contact the Saeima Press Service (at Jēkaba iela 16) and present a valid press card or a written affidavit from the head of the media organisation confirming that the applicant represents this organisation;
- confirm by signature that they have read and understood the rules of accreditation, the rules of conduct of media representatives in the Plenary Chamber, and the regulations on the procedure of visiting and staying in the buildings of the Saeima;
- once the accreditation has been approved, the applicant may proceed to the relevant building of the Saeima. One-day accreditation cards may be obtained at the security post of each building upon presenting a personal ID.
The confirmation needs to be signed only once in a calendar year. The staff of the Saeima Press Service and security personnel retain the right to verify whether an applicant does indeed represent the media organisation they have indicated.
Individuals who have been granted a one-day accreditation card may obtain this card at the security post in any of the Saeima buildings, upon presenting a personal ID. The card must be returned to the security officers at the end of the visit. Sharing one’s accreditation card with anyone else is forbidden!
To learn more about accreditation of media representatives for work in the Saeima premises, please call +371 67087281 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Electronic access system
The entrance of the buildings of the Saeima is equipped with an automated electronic access system. Visitors holding one-day accreditation cards receive the digital entrance card at the security checkpoint upon presenting a valid accreditation card and personal ID. The gate is opened by placing the entrance card against the reader on the side of the turnstile. Upon leaving, the digital entrance card shall be returned to security guards.
The permanent accreditation card gives access to the Saeima buildings on weekdays from 7:30 to 18:00. On days when the Saeima works overtime, the automated electronic access system is adjusted accordingly to ensure access. If access to Saeima buildings is required outside the aforementioned hours, we ask journalists to contact the Press Service.
Digital entrance cards should not be shared with other individuals!
Wearing the media accreditation card
While inside the Saeima buildings media representatives should prominently display their media accreditation card fastened to their clothes. For their convenience, one-day media accreditation cards are distributed together with plastic clips. When leaving the Saeima, please return those clips to the Security Service at their station.
Media Room (Jēkaba iela 16, Room 101)
Media representatives working at the Saeima may use the Media Room, which is equipped with Internet-connected computers.
All the Saeima premises, including the Plenary Chamber, have a wireless Internet connection. In order to use the Internet, no password or access code is needed.
Application to receive press releases
If you wish to receive press releases (in Latvian) issued by the Press Service, please subscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the Press Service for further information concerning press releases in English.
Photos and videos related to the Saeima
Photos related to the work of the Saeima can be downloaded at Flickr. A gallery containing videos related to the work of the Saeima can be found at YouTube and Vimeo. When using a photo or video, please give credit to the Saeima.
The content published on the Saeima website, publications and informative materials of the Saeima, as well as information posted to the social media accounts of the Saeima (Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) are protected under the relevant copyright laws and regulations.
All photographs, audio-visual materials, infographics, animations, etc. (hereinafter – the Content) published with a reference to the Saeima are the property of the Saeima.
The Saeima’s Content can be republished or otherwise used for information purposes without express consent of the Saeima or the authors of the Content. It is prohibited to use the Content in a manner that discredits the Saeima and the individuals depicted in the Content, or misleads about the circumstances in which the Content was created. When republishing the Content, it is mandatory to make a reference to the Saeima and the authors of the Content (if they are listed).
The use of the Content for any other purposes must be coordinated with the Saeima via e-mail email@example.com.
Work at plenary sittings
Information on the course of plenary sitting, its agenda, related documents and debate procedures can be obtained from the staff members of the Press Service. Upon request, the Press Service can also provide journalists with printouts of the votes cast by MPs and transcripts of the sitting.
During open plenary sittings, mass media representatives accredited to the Saeima are allowed to stay in the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber, but only photographers and camera operators representing the mass media are allowed in the MPs’ section of the Plenary Chamber.
During open plenary sittings, photographers and camera operators are allowed to take pictures or make video recordings from the rear part (alongside the windows) of the Plenary Chamber. However, during a secret ballot, it is prohibited to take pictures or make video recordings (cameras should be switched off), and media representatives are not allowed in the MPs’ section of the Plenary Chamber.
During open plenary sittings, staff members of the Public Relations Department, in cooperation with the Saeima security officers, may allow photographers and camera operators to take pictures or make video recordings for a short time (up to five minutes) from the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber unless it disturbs those who are in the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber.
Photographers and camera operators are allowed to enter the MPs’ section of the Plenary Chamber only through the visitors’ gallery of the Plenary Chamber.
During open plenary sittings, interviews and video recordings for the reporters’ visual material must be made outside the Plenary Chamber.
Media representatives must fasten their accreditation card to their clothes in an easily visible place.
Media representatives are not allowed to enter the Plenary Chamber in their outerwear.
While in the Plenary Chamber, media representatives must behave quietly, must avoid disturbing the work of MPs and must refrain from speaking on the mobile phone. Media representatives must follow the instructions of the staff members of the Public Relations Department and the Security Service.
If these rules are breached, the staff members of the Public Relations Department and the Security Service have the right to reprimand the relevant media representatives or, depending on the nature of the violation, eject them from the Plenary Chamber.
Due to security considerations, please do not leave your personal belongings and work equipment (including bags, cases, etc.) in the territory of the Saeima unattended. Unattended belongings will be removed by the security service without prior notice.
Contact information for media representatives
To help you with your work at the Saeima, the team of the Public Relations Department is at your disposal. They will be happy to answer your questions, provide access to documents and offer other assistance.
Juris Vīgulis, Head of the Public Relations Department
Phone: + 371 67087218, mobile phone: +371 26184007
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jēkaba iela 16, Room 116
Dana Naunikas, Deputy Head of the Public Relations Department
Phone: + 371 67087281, mobile phone: + 371 29190018
E-mail: email@example.com, Jēkaba iela 16, Rooms 114-115
Signe Apsīte, Head of the Press Service of the Public Relations Department
Phone: + 371 67087281, mobile phone: + 371 28312203
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jēkaba iela 16, Rooms 114-115
E-mail for general questions: email@example.com