RIGA - Former Interior Minister Marija Golubeva (Development/For) was elected chairwoman of Saeima European Affairs Committee at the committee's meeting on Friday, Saeima Press Service informed LETA.
The European Affairs Committee had to elect a new chairperson as the former committee head Vita Anda Terauda (Development/For) had stepped down.
According to Saeima's Rules of Procedure, the European Affairs Committee represents the Saeima in EU affairs. The committee approves national positions before they are communicated to the Council of the European Union. If necessary, it also monitors the compliance of draft laws considered by the Saeima with EU legislation. The committee meets ministers on a regular basis in order to discuss the progress achieved by relevant ministries on EU matters.
As reported, the National Alliance demanded resignation of Golubeva following events at the monument to Soviet soldiers in Riga's Pardaugava on May 9 and 10, threatening that the National Alliance will leave the government if she remains in the position. Golubeva announced her resignation afterwards because she had lost support of the prime minister, she said.