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Political calendar of Latvia. March 18 - 22, 2013

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Monday, March 18:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins has a meeting with representatives of the Latvian Chamber of Craftspeople.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins and Archbishop Zbigniew Stankiewicz meet with the organizers of the Big Cleanup.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Minister s Committee. During the meeting, it is planned to review the report “On the solution of problems related to the use of property burdened by debts”.

-Meeting of the Coalition Parties Cooperation Council.

Tuesday, March 19:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins participates in the inauguration of Pope Francis at the Vatican.

-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis meets with Leszek Balcerowicz, professor of the Warsaw School of Economics, former Finance Minister and President of the Polish Central Bank.

-Meetings of the standing Saeima commissions:

The Judicial Commission reviews amendments to the Law on the Status of Regular EU Citizen in the Republic of Latvia and the Civil Law.

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission reviews amendments to the Law on the Status of Regular EU Citizen in the Republic of Latvia, Fire Safety and Fire-fighting Law and the Residents Register Law.

Education, Culture and Science Commission reviews amendments to the Professional Education Law.

State and Municipal Management Affairs Commission hears out the experts on how municipalities management system can be improved.

Social and Labour Affairs Commission reviews amendments to Law on the Limitation of Consumption, Advertisement and Realization of Tobacco Goods.

National Economy Commission reviews amendments to the Compensation for Limitation of Economic Activities in Protected Areas and the Law on Public Procurements.

The Audit Commission to meet Finance Ministry’s report on the indexes of use of European finances by December 31, 2012.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Wednesday, march 20:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.

-Meetings of standing Saeima commissions:

The Budget-Finance Commission reviews amendments to the Budget and Finances Management Law and the Law on the Appliance of Taxes at Free Ports and Free Economic Zones.

Judicial Commission reviews amendments to the Civil Law and the Civil Procedure Law, as well as the Rehabilitation of Illegally Repressed Persons Law.

Members of the Human Rights and Social Affairs Commission and the Social and Labour Affairs Commission discuss the topic of “Education, directed towards careers: from kindergarten to the first job” on a joint meeting.

Social Cohesion Commission discusses the experience of bilingual education at Riga Sergei Zholtok Secondary School.

Audit Commission discusses the results of the inspection at Riga municipality.

State and Municipal Management Affairs Commission discusses further work of the Inter-Resource Coordination Centre.

National Economy Commission reviews amendments to a number of laws.

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

Thursday, March 21:

-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis participates in Saeima’s meeting in order to present an annual report on the results of the work done by the Cabinet of Ministers and its plans for the future.

-President of Latvia Andris works with the Clemency Service and meets with the organizers of the Eustory contest.

-Meeting of the Human Rights and Social Affairs. During this meeting, amendments to the Law on Electronic Mass Media will be discussed.

Friday, March 22:

-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis participates in the informal meeting in Finland, during which a discussion about the future of Europe will be discussed.

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