Posts tagged as Saeima

Law which authorizes employers to fire employees without Covid-19 certificates submitted for Latvian Saeima

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Amendments to the law which would authorize employers to fire certain employees without Covid-19 certificates were submitted for Saeima review August 4, and will be reviewed by the responsible committee. The amendments have been submitted to the parliament’s Defense, Interior Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee, which will hold a meeting later today. As previously reported, as of October 1, employers in Latvia will be authorized to fire employees in various sectors that have…

Latvian Saeima postpones deciding on vaccine lottery

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

According to newswire LETA, on Wednesday, the Saeima excluded the Law on Vaccination lottery from the agenda for the August 4 meeting. 59 members voted for the exclusion, while 28 members voted against it. The exclusion was suggested by members of the New Conservative Party (JKP). The Saeima faction of JKP will not support the lottery, the party’s representatives announced the day before, August 3. The Latvian Association of Doctors (LĀB) also  expressed…

Latvian Health Minister ready to move ahead with ‘vaccine lottery’

Friday, July 30, 2021

With the help of a lottery and other activities, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts hopes to achieve 90% of the senior population vaccination in Latvia, Pavļuts told Latvian Radio July 30 The Minister said that not even half of Latvia’s residents have been vaccinated against Covid-19. “It is worrying for us, because it will soon be autumn, and we see a rapid rise in morbidity in other countries. Delta virus has also taken…

European Commission notes political attacks on Latvian journalists

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The European Commission published its 2021 Rule of Law report July 20, with the chapter on Latvia summarising efforts at ongoing judicial reforms and raising several points of concern including personal online attacks against journalists by politicians. “Although a comprehensive framework for the protection of journalists and the right to access information is in place, it appears that journalists continue to face personal attacks online, often from politicians,” said the…

Saeima to to start discussing compulsory vaccination in August

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The draft law on compulsory vaccination in certain professions has reached the Saeima. At the moment, Members have very different views on such a solution, but discussions in Parliament on this law could start on August 4, Latvian Television reported July 20. The draft law provides for a number of significant changes. It provides that health care, long-term social care and social rehabilitation institutions and education workers should be required to hold a…

Mandatory vaccination in some professions confirmed by Latvian government

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Employers will be authorized to dismiss employees in some professions who have not obtained their Covid-19 certificates by October 1, the Cabinet of Ministers decided Wednesday, July 14. The government agreed to make vaccination (or certified recovery from the virus) against Covid-19 mandatory for medics, social workers, and staff of educational establishments who come in contact with students. The decision still has to be adopted by the Saeima. Employers will also…

Presidential nominee to Latvia’s new public media body named

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

On July 14 President Egils Levits has sent a letter to the Saeima, nominating his candidate for the position of board member of the new Public Electronic Mass Media Council (SEPLP). The new law on public media management came into force at the beginning of this year, but so far it has not been possible to set up the SEPLP with its three members, one of whom will be nominated by the Saeima, one by the President…

Maverick Saeima deputies’ marriage of convenience proves short-lived

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Independent Saeima deputy Julīja Stepaņenko announced June 30 that she is terminating her cooperation with the recently-formed “Law and Order” party in Saeima, criticising the communication style of its leader. Stepaņenko was formerly a longtime deputy with the Harmony party, then left it, then signed a cooperation agreement with it, then went solo again, and more recently signalled her support for the latest project of populist Saeima deputy, and one-time brief prime ministerial candidate for…

Saeima okays higher education reform

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

On Tuesday, June 8, the Latvian Saeima approved the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions in the third reading in order to implement a management reform. 52 Members voted for, two against, 26 abstained. The reform has been discussed in the Saeima for over a year. Higher education institutions are still unsatisfied with the reform. The reform provides for a number of major changes, including the breakdown of…

President Levits: Saeima is being ‘lazy’ with reforms

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

President of Latvia Egils Levits said in an interview to Latvian Television June 8 that the Saeima was not working to its full potential. Talking about the work of the Saeima in the longer term, the President said that it had so far largely blocked its potential. “Talking to each individual, [they are] intelligent, normal people. If they come together as ten people, nothing comes out of it. I’m exaggerating now,” he said. “There…