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Composition of 13th Saeima committees to be decided after 6 November

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUElection of deputies to Saeima’s standing committees may be decided after the first meeting of the 13th Saeima on 6 November, politicians told journalists after a meeting of a work group.

Juris Pūce, co-chairman of Attīstībai/Par!, said that the Saeima Praesidium should be elected during the 6 November meeting. After that it will be possible to agree on candidates to be elected to committees.

When asked about Saeima’s Praesidium, Pūce said there is one week’s time left to reach an agreement in regards to its composition.

New Unity representative Inese Lībiņa-Egnere said election in the Praesidium is a joint duty of the entire parliament. Because of that, parties should not take any sides and position themselves separate in this matter. Saeima Praesidium is an institution that ensures proper function of the parliament. The politician hopes 12th Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece gets a better understanding of the importance of working in a team with representatives from the coalition and the opposition after today’s meeting.

12th Saeima deputy and member of the Union of Greens and Farmers Gunārs Kūtris said the Constitution does not provide for approval of a temporary Praesidium. Representatives elected to the Praesidium will be fully fledged members. At the same time, the Saeima has the option to re-elect members of the parliament’s governance, said the politician.

Kūtris was also reasonably critical about the idea regarding the election of seven members of the Praesidium, ensuring that each party has a representative. He said in this case it may be necessary to change the size of the Praesidium after every election, depending on the number of parties that are elected to the Saeima.

The politician added that it is necessary to reach an agreement in regards to proportional composition of committees so that it is impossible to block the work of any committee. Pūce expressed confidence that committees will be formed after a political agreement has been reached.

As for the work performed by work groups, Pūce said conclusions from meetings will be sent to KPV LV and New Conservative Party, because representatives of those two parties do not attend meetings of work groups.

It is expected there will be meetings of several work groups to search for a solution on the MPC matter, as well as media independence, transparency of Saeima’s work and regulations regarding lobbying activities. Meetings of different work groups will be organized throughout this week.


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