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Political calendar of Latvia. December 1 – 5, 2014

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMonday, December 1st:

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

-Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Education Minister Marite Seile meet with representatives of education trade unions in order to discuss matters related to the budget and reforms.

-Meeting of the National Council for Trilateral Cooperation. During this meeting, officials will discuss matters related to Latvia’s budget for 2015.

-Meeting of representatives of the ruling coalition.

-Latvian Foreign Ministry holds a briefing for representatives of Latvia media on cooperation during Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council.

-State secretary of Latvian Defence Ministry Janis Sarts visits Germany in order to take part in a conference regarding cyber security.

Tuesday, December 2nd:

-Latvian Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs meets with his Swedish counterpart Sven-Erik Bucht in order to discuss priority matters related to Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins travels to Estonia with an official visit.

-Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

Legal Affairs Committee reviews the draft on the dismissal of Jurmala Court Judge Solvita Glaudane;

Human Rights Committee reviews the research conducted by Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Latvia ‘How democratic is Latvia? Democracy audit 2005-2015’;

Education, Culture and Science Committee discusses the matter regarding the financing of culture in 2015 and budget bounds for medium-term perspective;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee discusses finance plans of Defence Ministry for 2015;

Public Administration and Local Government Committee prepares the State Service draft;

Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee reviews activities planned for parliamentary activities during Latvia’s presidency in the EU Council.

Wednesday, December 3rd:

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins meets with participants of the Latvian Special Olympics.

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and ministers travels to Brussels to take part in the joint meeting of the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers and European Commission.

-Meetings of standing Saeima committees:

European Affairs Committee discusses Latvia’s national position during the meeting of EU Council of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs;

Foreign Affairs Committee discusses the matter of joining the Treaty for the protection of witnesses and the agreement with the Government of the State of Qatar on the avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion in the field of income taxes;

Legal Affairs Committee reviews amendments to the Civil Law, Civil Process Law and Law on Orphan Courts;

Human Rights Committee to discuss ombudsman activities and matters related to protection of human rights;

Education, Culture and Science Committee discusses the matter of using state coat of arms in documents and visual decorations;

Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee reviews amendments to the Law on Prosecutor’s Office and Law on National Armed Forces;

Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee reviews matters regarding the approval of members and Chairman of the Central Land Committee;

Public Expenditure and Audit Committee discusses the matter regarding the provision of operative medical transport in Riga and Riga Region.

Thursday, December 4th:

-European Parliament President Martin Schulz arrives in Riga.

-Meeting of state secretaries.

-President of Latvia Andris Berzins holds a farewell visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Anatoliy Oliynyk.

-Meeting of the coalition parties council.

-Latvian Institute for Foreign Policy organizes a large-scale conference in Tallink Hotel. This conference is dedicated to Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council.

Friday, December 5th:

-Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma Holds an emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. She will then travel to Estonia in order to take part in the Meeting of the Baltic Ministers Council and heads of governments of Lithuania and Estonia.


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