Saeima's part in the work of the EU

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Saeima's part in the work of the EU

  1. 1. Saeima’s part in the work of the EUPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  2. 2. What is the Saeima? The Saeima is the parliament of the Republic of Latvia, which is composed of 100 elected members of parliament The Saeima: adopts laws monitors the work of the government adopts the state budget elects a number of state officials ratifies international treaties works in international parliamentary organisationsPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  3. 3. What is the European Union? The European Union (EU) consists of 27 European countries EU goals: to ensure peace, welfare, and stability for its nations to overcome discords on the Continent to foster a balanced economic and social development to solve globalisation issues and to preserve diversity of European nations to protect values shared by Europeans Latvia joined the European Union on 1 May 2004, together with nine other Central and Eastern European countries. That was the biggest wave of enlargement in the history of the EU.Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  4. 4. How is the Saeima involved in the work of the European Union?  It takes part in drafting EU legal acts  It monitors the EU-related work of the government  It ratifies treaties of the EU  It cooperates with the European parliament  It cooperates with the parliaments of EU member states The Saeima European Affairs Committee represents interests of the Saeima in the European UnionPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  5. 5. How is the Saeima involved in the work of the EU? Saeima’s participation in drafting EU legislative acts Opinions of the The European Affairs national parliaments Committee receives the draft are respected when and forwards it to the relevant EU institutions take line committee for evaluation the final decision on the text of a legislative act and its coming EU institutions prepare a into force. One-third draft legislative act and of the EU member send it to the Saeima states can suspend the European Affairs adoption of a Committee legislative act. The European Affairs Committee receives from the other committee the evaluated draft, prepares an opinion on behalf of the Saeima, and sends it to the EU institutionsPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  6. 6. How is the Saeima involved in the work of the EU? The Saeima monitors the EU-related work of the government The Saeima European Affairs Committee regularly meets ministers in order to discuss the work of the ministries on issues related to Latvia’s participation in the EU. This Committee approves Latvia’s national positions for the meetings of ministers of the EU member states. A Ministry drafts The Ministry presents The European Having obtained the the national the drafted position Affairs Committee Saeima mandate, the position for the at the meeting of the agrees on minister goes to the Council meeting European Affairs approving the Council meeting to Committee national position defend Latvia’s interestsPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  7. 7. How is the Saeima involved in the work of the EU? The Saeima cooperates with the European Parliament The European Affairs Committee cooperates with the European Parliament and regularly meets MEPs representing Latvia’s inhabitants The European Parliament is the only EU institution which is directly elected by citizens of the member states. At present, our country is represented in the European Parliament by 8 MEPs.Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  8. 8. Interesting facts Various high EU officials, such as the President of the European Parliament and EU commissioners, have visited the Saeima  Latvia’s interests in Brussels are represented by the Saeima attaché, who follows the news in the work of the European Parliament and other EU institutions  The European Affairs Committee is one of the largest committees of the Saeima; it now has 19 members, and all the parliamentary groups are represented in itPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  9. 9. Follow the work of the Saeima on the Internet www.saeima.lvPrepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  10. 10. You can ask questions about the work of the Saeima: by telephoning the Saeima at the number 67087321 by e-mailing at info@saeima.lv by coming to the Saeima Visitor and Information Centre at 16 Jēkaba iela (entrance from Trokšņu iela)Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv
  11. 11. Thank you for your attention!Prepared by: Public Relations DepartmentJēkaba iela 11, Rīga, LV-1811 • Phone: 6708 7321 • E-mail: info@saeima.lv

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