The Saeima - Dialogue with society
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  • 1. The Saeima Dialogue with societyPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 2. The Saeima is an institution elected by people; it adopts laws, approves the state budget, supervises the work of the government, and elects public officials Involvement of society is more than society’s participation in elections. Everyone individually or via organisations can participate in the legislative process on a daily basis Dialogue with society is an integral part of the parliamentary workPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 3. Involvement in the work of the Saeima •Submissions •Non- and governmental proposals organisations •Open parliament •Availability of informationPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 4. Submissions and proposals  Individuals and organisations can file a submission with the Saeima addressed to a specific public official or a structural unit of the Saeima. On average, 6,000 individuals take advantage of this option annually  The proportion of submissions containing initiatives for improving laws, opinions on topical socio-political events, as well as specific proposals for developing the national economy, is increasing  The Saeima responds to these submissions within a month from the day the submission is received Submissions are an important source of information which MPs, parliamentary groups and committees use in their daily workPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 5. Non-governmental organisations  On 30 March 2006, the Saeima adopted the declaration on cooperation with NGOs; its aim was to facilitate the development of civil society in Latvia and to improve cooperation between the parliament and NGOs  NGOs evaluate legislative initiatives and submit proposals; thus they influence the decisions made by the Saeima  NGOs actively participate in the work of the Saeima committees  A forum of the Saeima and NGOs is held once a year in order to assess and develop the existing cooperationPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 6. Open parliament Visitor and Guided tours Events Information CentrePrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 7. Visitor and Information Centre  The Visitor and Information Centre was established in 2009, and it provides information and consultations to individuals on the following issues:  work of the parliament  opportunities to meet officials of the parliament  opportunities to have a guided tour of the main building of the Saeima  filing and writing of submissions  Information can be obtained in person, by phone or by e-mail  No pass is needed for entering the CentrePrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 8. Registered visitors and callers 200 of the Centre, July – December 2011 150 100 Visitors Callers 50 0 July August September October November DecemberPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 9. Guided tours of the main building of the Saeima Everyone has a chance to have a It is possible to have a virtual guided tour of the main building tour of the main building of of the Saeima and to observe the Saeima via the website of plenary sittings. The tour is free the parliamentPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 10. Events Members and employees of the Saeima are actively involved in informative and educational events, as well as social projects: Job Shadow Day – after getting acquainted with the work of the MPs, the students have declared that the Saeima is one of the best places for shadowing Open Door Day Back to Your School Museum Night Youth Parliament The Saeima and NGO forum and regular seminars on topical issues in cooperation with NGOs For a Well-Fed Latvia School Bag Earth Hour Blood Donor Day Various exhibitions are organised in the main building of the Saeima on a regular basisPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 11. Availability of information Everyone has a variety of ways to keep abreast of topical issues and to acquire information on the work of the parliament Open plenary Cooperation with Informative Communication sittings and the mass media materials on the Internet committee meetingsPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 12. Plenary sittings  Audio and video broadcasts are available at www.saeima.lv; plenary sittings are also broadcast on Latvijas Radio 5  An updated agenda of each plenary sitting and relevant parliamentary documents are available on the Internet  Results of the voting are available to the public  Everyone has a chance to be present at a plenary sitting  Transcripts and recordings of plenary sittings are available on the website of the SaeimaPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 13. Committee meetings  The most active and lengthy discussions on draft laws take place at committee meetings  Agendas of the committee meetings are available in Latvian at www.saeima.lv  Committees invite NGOs as experts during discussions on various issues  Anyone can apply to participate in committee meetingsPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 14. Cooperation with the mass media  Support to journalists during their work at the Saeima building  Press conferences on topical subjects  Press releases on the following issues: – draft laws adopted by the Saeima – work of the committees and subcommittees – meetings of MPs with foreign public officials, as well as their visits abroad – events taking place at the main building of the SaeimaPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 15. Informative materials  Gazette of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia  Fact sheets  Presentations  Pamphlets  Books  VideoPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 16. Communication on the Internet is used in order to:  rapidly provide information on events taking place at the Saeima building  provide unmediated two-way communication  ensure more comfortable and personal communication  ensure a link with the broadest range of society www.saeima.lvPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 17. www.saeima.lv The website of the Saeima is a vital and regularly updated communication instrument of the parliament The website contains information on planned amendments to laws, topical issues, and MPs; it also offers a chance to view plenary sittings online, learn about opportunities to visit the main building of the Saeima, etc.Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 18. How to contact the Saeima?  By calling +371 6708 7321 weekdays: 8:30 – 17:00  By sending a letter to Jēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811  By sending an e-mail to info@saeima.lv  By coming to the Visitor and Information Centre Riga, Jēkaba iela 16 (entrance from Trokšņu iela) weekdays: 9:00 – 16:30Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  • 19. Thank you!Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv