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Tuesday 18.02.2020 | Name days: Kintija, Kora

To increase parties’ independence, Saeima decides to boost support for them

In the final reading, Latvia’s Saeima approved controversial amendments to the Law on Financing of Political Organizations, significantly boosting state support for political parties.

Saeima decides: unemployment benefit to be paid for eight, not nine months

From 2020 onward unemployment status will be provided and benefits paid for eight months instead of nine, BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Saeima spends 14 hours debating on legislative drafts for next year’s budget

On the first day of Saeima’s debates about the state budget for 2020 and accompanying legislative drafts deputies spent 14 hours discussing a small number of drafts. In the end, the decision was made to take a break and return to decision-making on Thursday, 14 November.

Municipalities to receive 5% instead of 25% from gambling tax revenue

On Wednesday, 13 November, Latvia’s Saeima approved amendments in the final reading to the Law on Lotteries and Gambling Fee and Tax. Amendments include a new proportion for the division of the aforementioned tax between the state and municipal budgets.

Saeima’s budget committee supports Latvia’s 2020 budget outline in first reading

On Monday, 11 November, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee concluded work on the next year’s budget, supporting its submission to the parliament for the final reading.

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports reducing the number of municipalities

On Thursday, 7 November, Saeima conceptually supported the legislative draft on Administrative Territories and Populated Areas. 70 deputies voted in favour of the municipal reform, 13 voted against, BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s State Audit concerned about government’s decided funding allocation

The funding outlined in ministries’ budgets for different goals does not fit the government’s approved budget planning process, said State Audit chief Elita Krūmiņa when asked to comment on the government’s recent decision to pull previously outlined funds from ministries to increase funding for healthcare.

PHOTO: doctors and opponents of municipal reform protest outside the Saeima

It was rather crowded around the Saeima prior to the parliament’s first meeting of November. Latvian doctors came to protest and demand provision of promised funding for healthcare. Later, however, opponents of the municipal reform joined them to voice their opinions.

Saeima approves new Finance and Capital Market Commission council member

On Thursday, 7 November, Saeima approved Kristīne Černaja-Mežmale as the newest member of the council of the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Saeima committee asks KNAB to look into regional reform’s promotional campaign

Latvian Saeima’s Audit Committee’s members have asked Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and Procurement Monitoring Bureau to check if there are any violations in Regional Development Ministry’s advertisement campaign for the administrative territorial reform, as reported by Saeima press-service.

LDz Council refuses to reveal to Saeima compensation paid to ex-managers

The council of Latvian Railway and Latvia’s Transport Ministry as the company shareholder decided not to reveal to Saeima’s Public Expenditures and Audit Committee the exact amount of compensations paid to the company’s ex-managers.

Saeima’s Legal Affairs Office warns about potentially anti-Constitutional initiative

Before deciding on Welfare Ministry’s offer to reduce the length of payment period for unemployed benefits and their size, Latvia’s Saeima deputies are urged to check the legislative draft’s compliance with the Constitution, as concluded by Saeima’s Legal Affairs Office.

Judges’ immunity in administrative violation cases may be abolished in Latvia

To enhance the independence and responsibility balance of judicial power, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Judicial Power and Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law on Thursday, 31 October, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s president says it is the country’s interest to accept the budget for 2020

It is in the country’s interest to accept the government’s developed budget for 2020, said Latvia’s President Egils Levits after meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on Thursday, 31 October.

To improve competition, Saeima supports amendments to Waste Management Law

On Thursday, 30 October, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Waste Management Law to help promote competition among waste management service providers, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Harmony would have lost large donations under new regulation this year

Had the new regulation on financing of political parties been adopted in Latvia this year, Harmony would have already exceeded the total permitted ceiling for financing and multiple other parties would have received considerably more donations than it would have been allowed under new rules, according to estimates from LETA.


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