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Political calendar of Latvia. 2 – 6 November, 2015

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMonday, 2 November:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis presents letters of credentials to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Edgars Bondars and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to Ukraine Mr. Juris Poikāns.

-Meeting of the parliamentary committee for the investigation of the sale of 75% of shares of Citadele Bank. Members of the committee will discuss the final draft of the report.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers Committee.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma takes part in a meeting dedicated to Latvia’s 100th birthday. She will also host the meeting of the Coalition Parties Council.

-Meeting of the Saeima Praesidium.

Tuesday, 3 November:

-President Raimonds Vejonis Meets with State Auditor Elita Krumina.

-Extraordinary meeting of the Saeima. During this meeting, officials will discuss amendments to the Law on Gambling and Lotteries.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Members of Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee and its sub-committee discuss possible amendments to the Saeima Regulations at a joint meeting;

Budget-Finance Committee reviews amendments to the Taxes and Duties Law, State Social Insurance Law, Private Income Tax Law, Value Added Tax Law and the project of the Solidarity Tax Law.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Wednesday, 4 November:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis takes part in NATO Central and Eastern European Regional Summit in Bucharest, Romania.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma takes part in an annual meeting of Latvian ambassadors.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee discusses the situation with human rights in the field of housing rent;

Education, Culture and Science Committee prepares amendments to the Education Law in the first reading;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee discusses proposals on improving road traffic safety;

Public Administration and Local Government Committee reviews amendments to the Associations and Funds Law, Political Parties Law and other laws;

Budget-Finance Committee discusses funding provided to independent organizations in the budget of 2016;

Legal Affairs Committee reviews amendments to the Criminal Law, Criminal Process Law and Latvian Code of Administrative Violations;

National Economy Committee reviews amendments to the Road Traffic Law;

Social and Labour Affairs Committee prepares amendment to the Law on the Regulated Professions and the Recognition of Professional Qualifications;

Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee discusses the matter of allowing the application of administrative penalties on 12th Saeima deputy Guntis Belevics;

Committee for Long-term Development reviews proposals prepared by the committee’s work group on solutions to improve human resource management;

Audit Committee discusses the matter of healthcare services provided to prison inmates.

Thursday, 5 November:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis meets with Ombudsman Juris Jansons. Vejonis will also take part in the awarding ceremony of “Dienas Bizness” Top 500.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma meets with the Council of Latvians abroad. She will also take part in dinner organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia.

Friday, 6 November:

-President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis takes part in the opening of Foreign Policy and Security Forum “Riga Conference 2015” organized by LATO.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma takes part in the annual Riga Conference 2015.


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