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12th Saeima selects heads of parliamentary committees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima’s National Security Committee will be led by Solvita Aboltina. This was decided by members of the committee during the first meeting this Thursday.

Kārlis Seržants has been selected as her assistant and Ringolds Balodis – as the committee’s secretary.

The National Security Committee will also include deputies Mārtiņš Bondars, Ināra Mūrniece and Valērijs Agešins.

The National Security Committee handles matters related to Latvia’s security and protection, as well as economic, political, social, military, scientific, technical and other related interests. This committee carries out parliamentary supervision over state security institutions – Constitution Protection Office, Military Intelligence and Security Service and Security Police.

The committee’s duties also include approval of national security and state defence concepts. The committee also approves and monitors the use of funding allocated to measures related to national security and evaluates budget projects submitted by security institutions.

Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee will be led by Gaidis Bērziņš, who was elected to the parliament from the National Alliance. Bērziņš’s prior experience working in the government includes the post of Latvian Justice Minister. He had also worked in the Legal Affairs Committee in the 10th and 11th Saeimas. Assistant head of the committee is Inese Lībiņa–Egnere and the committee’s secretary will be Valērijs Agešins. The Legal Affairs Committee will also include Solvita Āboltiņa, Inga Bite, Gundars Daudze, Andrejs Elksniņš, Andrejs Judins, Jūlija Stepaņenko and Juris Vectirāns.

The Legal Affairs Committee handles matters related to the preparation of drafts for the Saeima to review. These drafts include matters related to work of the country’s justice system, material and procedural rights and set requirements for bailiffs, judges and lawyers to follow.

Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee will be managed by Romans Naudiņš, who is a representative of the National Alliance in the parliament.

His assistant will be Ingmārs Līdaka. The committee’s secretary will be Edvards Smiltēns. The commission will also include the following Saeima deputies: Inesis Boķis, Jānis Klaužs, Armands Krauze, Ilmārs Latkovskis, Dainis Liepiņš, Aivars Meija, Artūrs Rubiks, Jānis Urbanovičs, Dzintars Zaķis and Ivars Zariņš.

This committee works in the field of business, agriculture, environmental and regional policy and other related fields. The committee also manages the energy, construction, transport and regional economy policies.

Māris Kučinskis has been elected as Chairman of the newly formed Long-term Development Committee.

Janis Dombrava has been chosen as the Chairman’s assistant. The duties of the committee’s secretary will be performed by Ints Dalderis. The committee will also include deputies Andris Buiķis, Einārs Cilinskis, Boriss Cilevičs, Ainārs Mežulis, Jānis Trupovnieks, Sergejs Potapkins, Artis Rasmanis, Jānis Ruks, Silvija Šimfa, Juris Šulcs, Jānis Tutins, Ilze Viņķele, Dzintars Zaķis and Ivars Zariņš.

The Long-term Development Committee has been formed in accordance with this October’s approved amendments to the Saeima order. This committee will manage the realization of the National Development Plan and Latvia’s Long-term Development Strategy.

Saeima Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee will be led by Ainars Latkovskis. Raimonds Bergmanis has been selected as the Chairman’s assistant and Karlis Kreslins as the committee’s secretary. This committee will also include Jānis Ādamsons, Ringolds Balodis, Aleksejs Loskutovs, Jānis Ruks, Kārlis Seržants, Veiko Spolītis, Edvīns Šnore, Zenta Tretjaka un Mihails Zemļinskis.

The Saeima has a total of 16 committees. All of them have restrictions in terms their respectable areas of expertise and range of objectives. Saeima committees prepare matters for their discussion in the parliament.


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