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Political calendar of Latvia. December 8 – 12, 2014

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-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers Committee.

-Saeima deputies meet with the ambassador of Portugal to Latvia and the delegation of the secretariat of COSAC (Conference of the committees of the national Parliaments of the European Union Member States).

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with Chairman of the Committee on Scientific Research of the KGB of the Latvian SSR Karlis Kangers, organizers and supporters of project «Big Cleanup» and Minister for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Michael Roth.

-Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrives for a visit in Latvia. Meetings will be held with President Andris Berzins, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Saeima Chairwoman Inara Murniece.

-Emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. During this meeting’ officials will discuss matters discussed on meetings of Eurogroup (December 8th, 2014) and EU Council for Economic and Financial Affairs (December 9th, 2014).

-Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics meets with Liechtenstein Minister for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture Aurelia Frick.

-Finance Minister Janis Reirs and deputy state secretary to Finance Ministry Liga Klavina take part in the meeting of Eurogroup in Brussels.

Tuesday, December 9th:

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Budget-Finance Committee reviews the project on the Appropriations Week and amendments to the Law on Credit Institutions;

Legal Affairs Committee reviews amendments to the Insolvency Law, Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law;

Human Rights Committee reviews the matter on the financing of radio and television in 2015;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee reviews the matte on the funding of Interior Ministry in 2015;

Public Administration and Local Government Committee reviews the draft on public services and amendments to the Law on the Status of the Deputy of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council;

Social and Employment Matters Committee reviews amendments to the Medical Treatment Law and Procedures for the Legal Trade of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Medicinal Products;

Public Expenditure and Audit Committee discusses completion indexes for the budget of 2014.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins holds the accreditation of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Croatia HE Ms. Anica Djamić and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Albania HE Ms. Shpresa Kureta. The President will also present credentials to the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Malaysia Mr Peteris Vaivars.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

-Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics meets with Secretary of State of European Affairs of Portugal, Bruno Maçães.

Wednesday, December 10th:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with Prime Minister Laindota Straujuma.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Members of the Social and Employment Matters Committee meet with representatives of OECD in order to discuss employment matters and social policy;

European Affairs Committee discusses Latvia’s position on the meeting of the Council of EU Ministers for Employment and Social Policy;

Legal Affairs Committee reviews amendments to the Law on the Change of a Given Name, Surname and Nationality Record;

Education, Culture and Science Committee prepares amendments to the Copyrights Law;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee reviews amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing;

Public Administration and Local Government Committee prepares the project for the State Service Law;

Budget-Finance Committee reviews the package of drafts related to the state budget of 2015;

Long-term Development Committee discusses the committee’s work plan;

Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee meets with representatives of;

National Security Committee to discuss their main priorities.

-Meeting of the parliamentary faction of the Union of Greens and Farmers.

Thursday, December 11th:

-Trade union of Latvian workers of education and science to organize a strike outside of the Saeima at 08:15.

-Meeting of state secretaries.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins participates in the festive lighting of the Christmas tree with Latvian families.

-Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov travels to Moscow with an official visit.

-Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis participates in the meeting of the Council of EU ministers for employment, social policy, welfare and consumer rights in Brussels.

Friday, December 12th:

-Saeima Budget-Finance Committee to discuss the financing of independent organization as part of the state budget of 2015.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with the organizers of the awarding ceremony of the European Film Academy Award.


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