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Stricter smoking restrictions and other decisions viewed by the Saeima this week

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 21 April, the Latvian parliament will decide on the new draft to the Law on Tobacco Products, Electronic Smoking Devices and Liquids. Amendments provide multiple new smoking restrictions, including the restriction to smoke in the presence of a pregnant woman.

The Saeima will also decide on amendments to the Immigration Law. These amendments will allow authorities to halt the issue of residence permits to third country citizens for a temporary period of time. Amendments also provide changes to conditions for issuing residence permits to foreign investors who invest money in companies or buy real estate properties.

The Saeima will also view amendments to the Criminal Law, which are meant to provide clarifications and enhance judicial regulations in regards to crimes against the state, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Amendments to the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations will be viewed by the parliament in the final reading. These amendments provide the application of administrative fines to individuals who sell energy drinks to minors. In addition, administrative fines will be applied to individuals for violations committed in the use of agricultural land.

In the second reading, the Saeima will view amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing to establish a duty for banks to develop employee assessment policy to help with measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing activities.

In the first reading, the Saeima plans to view amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law and amendments to the Law on Procedures for the Coming into Force of The Commercial Law, which will help clarify consumer rights protection in the field of mortgage loans.

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee has decided to ask the Saeima to add amendments to the Sentence Execution Code of Latvia to the meeting’s agenda.

Deputies will also decide on submitting two new drafts to Saeima committees for review, including amendments to improve social guarantees to people who had taken part in the liquidation of consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe.

In total, there are 20 matters on the Saeima’s agenda for the 21 April meeting.


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