Latvian State President Egils Levits reflected on the first year of his four-year term of office July 3, running through a list of his achievements so far and hopes for the future in a session with the press at Rīga Castle, after appearing on LTV.
“In the first year of his presidency, the President has paid special attention to highlighting the self-worth, uniqueness and significance of each place in Latvia. There are no important or less important places in Latvia,” said a statement from the Presidential Chancellery, and indeed the President’s diary over the last twelve months shows he has racked up an impressive number of miles during his trips outside Rīga.
“It has been an extremely intense year, as a President expects,” Levits said of his first year as president explaining that he had been active in political debates.
He identified the completion of Administrative Territorial Reform (ATR) as a priority on his agenda, Levits said, stressing that he has been quite active in helping to improve initial proposals. Asked about the new leadership of the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General’s Office , the President expressed confidence that it would give “new breath” to the judiciary as current activities, especially in the prosecutor’s office, were not “at the highest level”.
He also said he had been pleasantly surprised by the cohesion of the five-party coalition government.
“I was very skeptical when it was formed last January, but despite some big internal disagreements, it still works, and it’s been a pleasant surprise,” Levits said.
Levits later told his press conference that when he took office, he emphasized that his priorities at work would be belonging, solidarity and a modern state, and that work in these areas would continue.