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Political calendar of Latvia. January 19 – 23, 2015

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMonday, January 23rd:

-Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss travels to Belgium with an official visit.

-Saeima Zolitude Tragedy Investigation Committee invites the head of State Office for Construction Monitoring Peteris Drukis for a meeting in order to discuss the quality of the new Construction Law and related requirements of the Cabinet of Minister.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

-In Brussels, Culture Minister Dace Melnbarde to present the programme and priorities in culture and audio-visualisation during Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council.

-Cabinet of Ministers holds a discussion regarding the re-emigration of youngsters and work in government administration.

-Welfare Ministry holds the first meeting of the work group, which begins its work on developing a plan to introduce the minimal income level.

-Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis and ministry’s state secretary Janis Starts meet with British Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Ian Livingstone in order to discuss matters of cooperation in procurement and cyber security.

-Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics participates in the meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Politics. During this meeting, officials will discuss EU relations with Russia.

-Specialists of Agriculture Ministry participate in the meeting of the UN Commission on food and agricultural genetic resources in Rome.

Tuesday, January 20th:

-Latvian Institute for Foreign Policy and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organize a discussion on the topic of ‘Latvia’s foreign policy, security policy and foreign economy policy in 2014 and 2015’.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins participates in the lighting of a bonfire in commemoration of defenders of the Barricades.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma meets with supporters of Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council.

-Director of State Chancellery Elita Dreimane, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers, Chief of CPCB Yaroslav Strelchenok and Director of Delna – Society for Openness Gundars Jankovs organize a press-conference in order to provide information on the creation of a legal protection programme for informers.

-Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis participates in a meeting of European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

-Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss gives a speech during meetings of several committees of the European Parliament in order to present the programme for Latvia’s presidency in the EU Council and hold meetings with officials of the European Commission.

-Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs gives a speech during meetings of several committees of the European Parliament in order to present the programme of Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Legal Affairs Committee reviews the matter regarding the general number of judges in regional courts;

Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee reviews recommendations provided by European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment;

Social and Employment Matters Committee reviews amendments to the Law on State Social Insurance and Law on Maternity and Disease Insurance;

Members of Public Expenditure and Audit Committee meet with sworn auditor who performed Saeima’s audit for 2014;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee prepares amendments to the Immigration Law.

Wednesday, January 21st:

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, ministers and experts of different industries meet with representatives of regional media.

-President of Latvia Andrs Berzins meets with the head of Central Election Commission Arnis Cimdars.

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

-Finance Minister Janis Reirs participates in the meeting of ECON in Brussels.

-Meetings of Standing Saeima Committees:

Budget-Finance Committee reviews amendments to Taxes and Duties Law and Law on Micro-enterprises Tax;

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

Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee discusses the trends of human trafficking in Latvia and measures employed to combat this phenomenon;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee discusses the matter regarding development of Jaunsardze in 2015-2024;

Public Administration and Local Government Committee looks at results of State Chancellery’s presentation ‘Main positions of state administration policy in 2014-2020’;

Social and Employment Matters Committee reviews amendments to the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health;

Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee reviews cases in regard to breaches of ethics requirements by deputies Veiko Spolitis and Arturs Kaimins;

Thursday, January 22nd:

-Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss travels to Netherlands with an official visit.

-Turība Business School holds an open lecture ‘Challenges for European Union and Latvia’s role in them’.

-Annual debates on foreign policy in the Saeima.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins welcomes in foreign ambassadors.

Friday, January 23rd:

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. During this meeting officials will discuss the matter regarding allocation of assistance to Ukraine.

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