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Political calendar of Latvia. 12 – 16 October, 2015

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMonday, 12 October:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis meets with Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards to discuss the concept of the administrative-territorial reform developed by the ministry.

-Meeting of the parliamentary committee for the investigation of the sale of 75% of shares in Citadele. Officials plan to discuss the final conclusion.

-Meeting of the Saeima Praesidium.

-Meeting of the Saeima faction of Latvian Regional Alliance.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma holds a meeting of the Coalition Parties Council.

-Meeting of the parliamentary committee for the investigation of Zolitude tragedy.

Tuesday, 13 October:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis hands letters of accreditation to ambassadors to Zambia, Ireland and Czech Republic.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Social and Employment Matters Committee prepares amendments to the Social Services and Social Care Law in the second reading;

National Economy Committee discusses the state of roads, their funding and maintenance, as well as the planned amendments for the Micro-enterprises Tax;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee discusses the funding allocated for the Prison Administration, State Probation Service and Prosecutor’s office in 2016;

Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee prepares amendments to the Law on Asylum in the third reading;

Education, Culture and Science Committee reviews amendments to the Sports Law and the budget project for funding of education and science in 2016;

Audit Committee to discuss the realization of the state and municipal budgets before 30 September 2015.

Wednesday, 14 October:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis travels to Brussels, where he will meet with Chairman of European Council Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and representatives of Latvia in the EU.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Enquiries Committee to discuss the programme for resettlement of refugees developed by the work group led by state secretary of Latvian Interior Ministry I.Petersone-Godmane;

European Affairs Committee discusses Latvia’s national position at the meeting of the European Council, which will take place 15-16 October;

Legal Affairs Committee reviews amendments to the Criminal Law, Criminal-Process Law and Saeima rules;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee to discuss the funding of Interior Ministry in 2016;

Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee reviews amendments to the Children’s Rights Protection Law;

National Economy Committee reviews amendments to the Energy Law, Electronic Communications Law and Circulation of Alcoholic Drinks Law;

Education, Culture and Science Committee reviews the budget project for culture in 2016;

Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee discusses the matter of allowing an administrative prosecution of Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimins;

-Meetings of parliamentary factions of the Union of Greens and Farmers and Latvian Regional Alliance.

Thursday, 15 October:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis meets with judges of the Constitutional Court of Latvia.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma takes part in a meeting of the European Council in Brussels.

-Meeting of State Secretaries.

Friday, 16 October:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis presents credentials to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the Order of Malta and the Vatican City State Mrs. Veronika Erte and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to Korea Mr. Pēteris Vaivars.

-European Affairs Committee discusses Latvia’s national position on the meeting of Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries, which will take place 22-23 October.

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