Posts tagged as Levits

President and foreign minister discuss participation in UN General Assembly and NATO summit

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

President Egils Levits and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) met today to discuss Levits’ upcoming participation in the UN General Assembly in September and the NATO summit in December. The Latvian president is scheduled to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, Rinkevics told LETA. The meeting of the two officials also dealt with current foreign affairs, with Rinkevics informing Levits about the Foreign Ministry’s efforts to provide…

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

President Levits takes oath of office

Monday, July 8, 2019

The new President of Latvia Egils Levits took the oath of office at an extraordinary meeting of Saeima on Monday. “I swear that all of my work will be dedicated to the welfare of the people of Latvia. I will do everything in my power to promote the prosperity of the Republic of Latvia and all who live here. I will hold sacred and will observe the Constitution of Latvia…

Levits to go to Estonia and Lithuania on first foreign visits

Friday, May 31, 2019

Newly elected President Egils Levits will go to Estonia on his first foreign visit, which will be followed by a visit to Lithuania. In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, Levits said that Latvian presidents usually choose to visit Estonia on their first foreign visit, which is followed by a visit to Lithuania. Levits emphasized that Latvians and Estonians lived together for several hundred years in the past, and…

Saeima approves Levits as new Latvian president

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Saeima today voted in European Court of Justice Judge Egils Levits as the new president of Latvia. 61 MPs voted for Levits, who was the candidate of the ruling coalition. Meanwhile, the other candidates running for president, Ombudsman Juris Jansons and MP Didzis Smits, received eight and 24 votes respectively. Levits has graduated from the University of Hamburg. In the 1990s he served as the Latvian ambassador to Germany, Switzerland,…

Relations with Russia must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy – Levits

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, President-elect Egils Levits said that Latvia must form good relations with Russia, but that these relations must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy. He said that good relations must always be formed with neighbors, but added that this is a two-way street. ”Our side has this good will, we have always had and always will have,” Levits said. However,…

Raimonds Vējonis is more popular among Latvians, but Egils Levits has more support

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Among the presidential candidates in Latvia, the existing President Raimonds Vējonis is more well-known than Egils Levits among residents. However, Vējonis’ chances of becoming president again are considered low by residents, says representative of Egils Levits’ supporting initiative For an Excellent Latvia’s President Kristīne Tjarve, commenting on results of a survey performed by SKDS. According to survey data, 44% of interviewed Latvian citizens consider Levits an appropriate presidential candidate, 22%…