Posts tagged as Egils Levits

Egils Levits and Krišjānis Kariņš roll up their sleeves for vaccination

Thursday, February 11, 2021

According to LSM, Latvian President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš rolled up their sleeves Thursday, February 11 to receive their first doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Unusually, this routine medical procedure was broadcast on the LTV news department’s Facebook page, and you can watch it above if you are so inclined. The procedure, beamed live from the Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, unfolded precisely as you might imagine. Neither man passed…

President of Latvia: until now national violence prevention policy has been fragmented and incoherent

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

President of Latvia Egils Levits has sent a formal reply to an open letter containing recommendations and proposals on reduction of violence at the national level published by public media, which organised charity marathon ‘Give me five’, following the 2020 campaign ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence’. President of Latvia praises public media for bringing national levels of violence and its devastating effects on the whole society into the public focus…

Latvian President asks to reduce VAT for printed media and books

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The President of Latvia Egils Levits has sent a letter to the government encouraging the application of reduced value added tax (VAT) rate of 5% to printed press and Latvian literature, according to a statement by the Chancery February 2. The VAT rate is currently set at 12% for literature, textbooks, newspapers, magazines and other periodicals. The President of Latvia calls on the Cabinet, in cooperation with representatives of the publishing industry,…

President Levits finds shortcomings in regional reform law

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

On February 1, the President of Latvia Egils Levits sent a letter to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš pointing out shortcomings in the long-debated territorial reform, according to the President’s press service. The President has welcomed the draft Local Government Law prepared by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, which provides for electing community councils in parishes and cities and grants a specific competence to these community councils. “Administrative territorial reform…

Egils Levits sent the Saeima his opinion on historical Latvian lands bill amendments

Friday, January 29, 2021

President of Latvia Egils Levits sent the Saeima Administrative-Territorial Reform Committee his opinion on historical Latvian lands bill amendments submitted for the second reading and reiterated the key elements of the bill, which need to be considered during the next readings. I As President of Latvia points out, ‘Each historical Latvian land – Vidzeme, Latgale, Kurzeme, Zemgale and Sēlija – has its own identity, cultural and historical environment. These unique…

Broad reform of criminal justice system in Latvia is needed

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

On 11 January, President of Latvia Egils Levits took part in an online press conference during which the Ministry of Justice and State Audit Office presented the report ‘Effectiveness of investigations and trials of the criminal offences in the economic and financial area’, underlining the significance of the assessment and audit, as well as praising the State Audit Office for collaborating with OECD experts on the report. In his opening…

Latvian President says new restrictions, yet to be announced, are necessary

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

President Egils Levits met virtually with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš December 16, with the coronavirus crisis clearly the main topic of conversation. Levits noted “some problems in channeling [emergency financial] support to everyone who deserves it”, but said the government is working to improve this task. Other topics covered included the risk posed by domestic violence during the current situation, with the President urging the Ministry of Welfare in particular is called upon “to pay greater…

Latvia’s President called for the rejection of medically unsound populism

Monday, October 26, 2020

Latvian state President Egils Levits took the unusual step on Sunday, October 25 of releasing a public address, urging the public to do the right thing to help put the brakes on an increasingly serious epidemiological situation. In particular, President Levits appealed to rationality and called for the rejection of medically unsound populism which threatens to accelerate the spread of the disease and increase the number of casualities. “Every day brings new,…

Levits: We borrow now to invest in future

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Latvia is in a relatively good position in the COVID-19 crisis, and there are great opportunities to emerge from this situation stronger than before. It is possible to borrow large sums of money, and use them wisely in the name of the future, said the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, in a speech to the last meeting of the Saeima spring session on June 18. The COVID-19 crisis clearly highlighted shortcomings…

President Levits urges support for media

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

President of Latvia Egils Levits has drawn attention to the need to support credible media outlets through the crisis and underlined the importance of a professionally-maintained information space to give the public access to information that can help them make choices about their behavior. As a result of discussions with the National Electronic Media Council, the Latvian Journalists Association and the Latvian Press Publishers Association, President Levits drew attention March 31 to the necessity of media support…