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Political calendar of Latvia. November 12 - 16, 2012

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Monday, November 12:

-Saeima Budget-Finance Commission prepares amendments to the Law on Taxes and Fees.

-Members of the parliamentary faction of Unity meet with representatives of the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia.

-The National Council on electronic mass media and the Foreign Affairs Ministry in collaboration with Latvians’ Union of Europe and the Global Union of Free Latvians organize a seminar – “Creation of a global communication network among Latvians”.

-Members of the Budget-Finance Commission meet with representatives of the Czech Republic’s parliamentary delegation.

-Emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, during which Latvia’s national position before the meeting of the Council of Finance and Economy ministers of the EU (scheduled for November 13) will be discussed.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins travels to Belgium with a working visit.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers Committee.

-Meeting of the Saeima Praesidium.

-Meeting of the Coalition Parties Cooperation Council.

Tuesday, November 13:

-In Brussels, PM Valdis Dombrovskis partakes in the meeting of a group of countries that support the cohesion policy.

-Meetings of the standing Saeima commissions:

The Budget-Finance Commission discusses the 2013 state budget.

The Judicial Commission reviews amendments to the Civil Process Law.

The Education, Culture and Science Commission prepares amendments to the Latvian National Opera Law.

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission reviews amendments to Operation of the Schengen Information System Law, Turnover of Alcoholic Beverages Law, Law on State Police and the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations.

State and Municipality Affairs Commission prepares amendments to the Pre-election Campaign Law before the third reading.

The Audit Commission analyses the Saeima’s expenses.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Wednesday, November 14:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins partakes in an international conference dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Latvian presidency, “Evaluating the Work of the Presidential Institute.”

-Latvian University holds a press conference dedicated to the issues of presidency. President of Latvia Andris Berzins and former leaders of the state – Guntis Ulmanis (1993-1999), Vaira Vike-Freiberga (1999-2007) and Valdis Zatlers (2007-2011) will all participate.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins partakes in the laying down of flowers at the grave of the first President of the Republic of Latvia, Jānis Čakste, together with all former Latvian presidents, members of Čakste’s family, and representatives of the Austrums academic association.

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

-PM Valdis Dombrovskis meets with representatives of the Council of Collaboration of Agricultural Organizations.

-Meetings of the standing Saeima commissions:

Budget-Finance Commission discusses the 2013 budget.

European Affairs Commission reviews the report of “Completion of Latvia’s obligations as a member of the EU during the period before February 1, 2013 and the procedures initiated against Latvia in the period before October 1, 2012.”

The Judicial Commission reviews amendments to the Law on Criminal Law Becoming in Force and Order of its Use, the Criminal Law and the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations.

State and Municipality Management Affairs Commission prepares amendments to the Law on the Privatization of Residential Homes owned by the State and Municipalities.

Human Rights and Social Affairs Commission prepares amendments to the Electronic Mass Media Law.

The National Economy Commission reviews amendments to the Law on Construction, Hunting Law and Road Traffic Law.

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission discusses problems of cyclists participating in road traffic.

The Audit Commission reviews results of the audit regarding Transport Ministry’s effective realization of state policy in the sphere of railway transport and the management of Latvijas dzelzceļš concern. Discussions will also cover the effectiveness of Latvijas dzelzceļš.

Thursday, November 15:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins participates in the Spidolas prize award ceremony.

Friday, November 16:

-Meeting of the Demographic Affairs Council.

-Award ceremony of the Cabinet of Ministers prize, during which this year’s laureates – poets Andis Lice and Knuts Skujnieks, skeleton coach Dainis Dukurs, director Rolands Kalnins and Physics PhD Linards Kuja – will be honoured.

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