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Friday 18.08.2017 | Name days: Liene, Helēna, Elena, Ellena, Liena

Political calendar of Latvia from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March 2012

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Monday, February 27th

-The Law of Citizenship amendment Sub-commission of the Judicial Commission prepares amendments to the «Law of Citizenship» before the second hearing.

-Meeting of the Ministry Cabinet committee, during which amendments to the «Law of election commissions of republic cities and districts and commissions of election sites».

-The President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with the chief of Security Police Janis Reiniks and the organizers of the «Mission Possible» project Ingrida Bluma and Christine Murmane.

-The Mayor of Riga Nils Ushakovs meets with the commissar of human rights of the European Counsil Nils Muizhnieks.

-Prime-minister Valdis Dombrovskis meets with the deputies of the Harmony Centre and Greens’ and Farmers’ Union, to inform them of the European fiscal discipline agreement.

-Minister of internal affairs Rihards Kozlovskis meets with the Minister of agriculture Laimdota Straujuma.

-Meeting of the government party cooperation Council

-Rainis and Aspazijas fund hosts «Life after referendum» discussion in the Riga Latvian society house.

-British embassy to host an official welcome in honor of Susan Haird, who will visit Latvia.

-Proposals for the integration of society are put on public discussion; the proposals were developed as a result of debates, organized by the Providius centre of public politics. The proposals can be viewed on the website.

Tuesday, February 28th

-The President of Latvia Andris Berzins gives an interview to the 900 seconds broadcast of the LNT television channel; carries out a meeting with the Pardon Service and meets with representatives of the forestry industry.

-Meeting of the Saeima judicial commission, during the second hearing of which amendments to the «Law of referendum and legal initiative» will be discussed.

-Meeting of the Saeima State ruling and municipalities commission, during which the amendments to the «Law of political organization (parties) financing» will be discussed in the first hearing.

-Prime-minister Valdis Dombrovskis hosts a meeting of the government

Wednesday, February 29th

-Prime-minister Valdis Dombrovskis visits Brussels

-Meetings of the Saeima standing commissions:

The Law of Citizenship amendment sub-commission of the judicial commission prepares amendments to the Law of Citizenship before the second hearing.

During a closed meeting of the commission of defense the main issues linked to the activities of the commission will be discussed.

The revisionary commission will evaluate the «Activities of the Jurmala local government in ensuring effective capital management and accordance to the requirements of normative acts» revision.

-Ambassador of Russia in Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov visits Valmiera

-Minister of Foreign affairs Edgars Rinkevics meets with the head of Ministry of Foreign affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze

Thursday, March 1st

-The President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with the Minister of Internal affairs Rihards Kozlovskis

Friday, March 2nd

-The President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with the Minister of Foreign affairs of Serbia Vuk Eremich; gives a live interview to Latvian Radio 4; takes part in the “Towards an outstanding education system. Example from Finland” discussion at the round table.

-The official visit of the Minister of Foreign affairs of Serbia Vuk Eremich to Riga


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