Posts tagged as constitution

Signature collection launched for redefining ‘family’ in Constitution

Friday, July 30, 2021

On July 29, the Central Election Commission (CVK) registered the draft law “Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia” submitted for the collection of signatures in Article 110 of the Constitution. Currently, Article 110 of the Constitution states: The State shall protect and support marriage – a union between a man and a woman, the family, the rights of parents and rights of the child. The State shall provide…

Poland’s Constitution under siege

By Judy Dempsey on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Poland and the EU are locked in a bitter battle over the rule of law. At stake is something so fundamental to both sides: the meaning and exercise of sovereignty. It was a remarkable document for its time. 230 years ago, the Polish-Lithuanian Sejm rushed through a hastily drawn-up bill. It was radical in its content, political in its goal, and emotional in its execution. The bill in question was…

European Parliament LGBTI group to define ‘family’ in Constitution

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A group of 150 European Parliament members has issued a statement condemning early moves in the Latvian parliament, the Saeima, to define the family in solely heterosexual terms, writes LSM. The LGBTI Intergroup described the initiative of the right-of-center National Alliance political grouping as “an affront to LGBTI persons, the rule of law and European values”. The abbreviation ‘LGBTI’ stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.” As previously reported by…

Latvian Saeima debates definition of ‘family’ in the Constitution

Thursday, January 14, 2021

On Thursday, January 14, the Saeima transferred to the Legal Affairs Commission a proposal from National Alliance to correct Section 110 in the Constitution, stipulating that the family is a union between a man and a woman. 47 deputies voted for this proposal , 25 against, 0 abstained, 21 did not vote. 7 deputies were absent. The proposal was transferred to Saeima Legal Affairs Commission. The proposal is a response to…

Kariņš: it is the wrong time to discuss on the amendments to the Constitution

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

This is not the time for discussions on amendments to the Constitution, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told LETA January 11. Last week, faction National Alliance  submitted a draft law proposal to the Saeima on defining ‘family’ in the Constitution as a union between man and woman. Kariņš said that he did not know what the vote of his New Unity faction would be. “I will express my personal opinion: I think this…

First constitution in Europe: Lithuania and Poland to mark 1791 joint act

Thursday, September 17, 2020

On Wednesday, The Lithuanian Cabinet approved a 2021 programme to mark the 230th anniversary of the May 3, 1791 Constitution of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the first written constitution in Europe. While the act is celebrated in Poland, some historians in Lithuania say it reduced the independence of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and tipped the balance of power toward Warsaw. With the improvement of Lithuanian–Polish relations in recent months, the…

Constitution Protection Bureau security service publishes annual overview

Monday, April 27, 2020

One of Latvia’s security services, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), published its annual overview of its activities in 2019 on April 27. SAB is one of three Latvian state security agencies. In accordance with the law, SAB performs intelligence and counter-intelligence activities, protects classified information, and supervises its exchange with international organizations. As usual, around half of the report is taken up with concerns about Russia and general trends in…

Putin proposes ban of same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted a slew of new proposed amendments to the country’s Constitution that include a mention of God and describe marriage as a heterosexual union. The draft amendment is part of a set of suggested changes. It enshrines Russians’ “faith in God,” adding that marriage as a “union of a man and a woman,” a wording in sync with Putin’s long-stated opposition to same-sex marriages.…

Ombudsman warns government about low pensions in Latvia

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ombudsman Juris Jansons has sent a pre-trial warning to the government regarding the protection of the rights of people most at risk of poverty. The Ombudsman noted that the minimum old-age pension, which ranges from €70.43 to €108.85 per month, is catastrophically low and does not provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, housing and health care, reported LSM.lv on August 5. It was also remarked that differentiating the minimum pension…

Lithuanian president to nominate Skvernelis for PM after courtesy resignation

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis for reappointment as prime minister by the parliament. Skvernelis returned his Cabinet’s powers to Nauseda after he was sworn in as president last Friday. The procedure, which is sometimes called “courtesy resignation”, is envisaged in the Constitution. On Thursday, Skvernelis is expected to answer questions from lawmakers, with a vote on his reappointment planned for next Tuesday.…