Posts tagged as Latvian President

Latvian President rejects latest batch of pleas for clemency

Monday, February 15, 2021

Latvian State President Egils Levits – himself a former judge – has turned down another ten pleas for clemency from people convicted of crimes, according to the presidential press office February 15. Under the  terms of the constitution  , the president does have the power to grant pardons to convicted persons. The President of Latvia can replace the uncompleted phase of imprisonment with a different and softer form of punishment, exempt…

Latvian president says there should have been more rules in summer

Monday, November 16, 2020

During the summer, COVID-19 limits should have been tightened, President of Latvia Egils Levits said in an interview with Latvian Radio November 16. The president believes that the government is now managing the pandemic well. Despite record-high number of cases of COVID-19 last week, restrictions imposed by the government have shown greater awareness than in summer. The restrictions in Latvia are now sufficient to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in…

Latvian president: Poland and Finland could join Baltic ‘free movement zone’

Thursday, May 7, 2020

After the Baltic states reopen internal borders in mid-May, Poland and Finland could join the area of free movement, according to Latvian President Egils Levits. The prime ministers of the three Baltic states agreed on Wednesday to reopen borders to each other’s citizens from May 15. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has mentioned that the common area could be extended to include Poland in the future, and Estonia believes that…

Latvian President proposes March 17 as National Resistance Movement Day

Thursday, October 3, 2019

President Egils Levits proposes that Saeima designate March 17 as National Resistance Movement Day and the October 15 as Official Language Day, the President’s Chancery informed LETA. Levits has submitted the proposed amendments to the Law on Public Holidays, Remembrance Days and National Holidays to Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee. Levits underlines that as Latvia enters the second century of its statehood, it is important to bring the…

Levits: Finland’s EU Presidency can count on Latvia’s support for its priorities

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

During a meeting with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki today, President Egils Levits assured him that as the current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, Finland can count of Latvia’s support for its priorities, LETA was told at the president’s office. “We need to stand by our common European values, such as an effective, nondiscriminatory rule of law. Like Finland, we believe that there is a clear necessity…

Latvian President will be active in both domestic politics and foreign policy

Friday, August 9, 2019

In an interview on the LNT television channel this morning, former Latvian ambassador to the United States and the current head of the Presidential Chancery Andris Teikmanis said that Latvia’s new President Egils Levits will be active in both domestic politics and foreign policy. ”The president has also proven this during his first month in office, as he has met with very many people, and it is clear that they…

Vejonis to meet with Pope Francis today

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Continuing his visit to Italy, Latvian President, as well as First Lady Iveta Vejone, will meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican today, LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery. While in the Vatican, Vejonis will meet with the State Secretary of the Holy See – Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The president will also give an interview to the Vatican’s official radio station.

Coalition parties to nominate Levits for Latvia’s president

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The government coalition parties have agreed to nominate European Court of Justice judge Egils Levits for Latvian president, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) after the coalition meeting on Monday. He said that the coalition has agreed on one candidate and he does not see any reason for this candidate not to win the majority support at the parliament. KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimins said that the party will…

Latvian president decides to entrust third government formation attempt to New Unity

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

On Monday, 7 January, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis decided to entrust the third attempt to form a government in the country to New Unity’s prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš. Vējonis told journalists that Kariņš has been entrusted with development of the government’s declaration. The president stressed that the proposed five-party coalition should be ‘cooperative’ in the formation process. As it is known, the president met with leaders of political parties…

Latvian parties yet again promise to pick a prime minister candidate in one week’s time

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Four potential core parties of the new government promise to offer Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis a prime minister candidate supported by all of them by 4 January next year. This was agreed upon by representatives of New Unity, New Conservative Party, Attīstībai/Par! and National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’-‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ on Friday, 28 December. Parties have decided they are ready to submit the new government to the Saeima for…