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Latvian Saeima to gather for this year’s first winter session

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 10 January, the Saeima will gather for this year’s first winter parliament session. There are 30 matters on the meeting’s agenda, including the collective application on cancellation of compensations for deputies that have lost their Saeima mandate and the collective application on prohibition of gambling halls all across Latvia, BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

The parliament plans to review the agreement on air traffic to contribute to its development between Latvia and Korea, allowing for the introduction of new direct flights between these two countries and form legislative foundation for regular air traffic services between Latvia and Korea.

In the second reading, the Saeima will view amendments to the Construction Law, which provide for implementation of measures to sort out the legislative regulations for a proper circulation of electronic documents in the Construction Information System.

Deputies will also discuss the request addressed to Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola on her reluctance to comply with ruling Nr.2016-16-01 of the Constitutional Court, and the request to Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša on the minister’s responsibility implementing Healthcare Financing Law and healthcare service accessibility for residents as of 1 January 2019.

The parliament will also discuss Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens’ response to deputies’ request on the ministry’s implemented subsidized state support schemes and the legality of the ministry’s actions, as well as Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis’ response to deputies’ request on the government’s formed work group’s objectives for the cancellation of MPC system.

Saeima has also received several new legislative drafts. It is planned to decide on their submission to committee’s for review. Among them is the Transport Energy Law in relation to fuel from renewable energy resources, electrical energy and biological fuels.

It is also planned to decide on submission of amendments to seven tax laws, which, considering the implementation of a single tax account, provides for payment of taxes before the 23rd of every month.

The Budget and Finance Committee has asked the Saeima to view amendments to the Taxes and Duties Law that provide for halting the function of unified electronic work time tracking database in the construction sector.


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