Posts tagged as Levits

President Levits to take part in Three Seas Virtual Summit

Monday, October 19, 2020

On October 19 Estonia will host the Three Seas Virtual Summit, at which several heads of state of Central and Eastern Europe, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and business leaders will discuss the future of Central and Eastern Europe. In the mix will be Latvia’s President Egils Levits, who will participate by videolink. President of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Bulgaria…

President Levits tells Saeima to consider algorithms and sustainability

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits took part in the opening of the Fall session of the Saeima September 3, using the opportunity of addressing the chamber to recommend various areas requiring legislation. He opened by urging Saeima deputies to think in a long-term, sustainable manner, referencing the year 2030 as a  touchstone. “A good starting point for sustainability goals is 10 years, so 2030. It’s not too far away to indulge in dreams, yet not too…

Latvian President Levits takes part in pro-Belarus demo

Monday, August 24, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits on August 23 took part in a civil society picket organized in support of the democratic movement of the people of Belarus. Sporting a white shirt and red tie in the colors of the pre-Lukashenko era Belarusian flag which has become a symbol of resistance to the regime, Levits helped pass that flag from hand to hand beside the Freedom Monument and through the streets of central Rīga.…

President Levits suggests OSCE assessment of Belarus election

Monday, August 10, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits issued a statement August 10 expressing hope that the Organization for Security and Economic Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) might be able to intervene to improve the situation in Belarus after President Alexader Lukashenko launched violent suppression of protests against an unbelievable election landslide in his favor. “As a neighbor of Belarus, Latvia fully supports the deep desire of the Belarusian people to live in their own independent, free and democratic…

Levits supports public media exiting ad market

Thursday, July 30, 2020

President Egils Levits, during a meeting with the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) on July 30, expressed his support for the exit of public service media from the advertising market, Latvian Radio reported. The President said it was especially important for public media to leave the advertising market from the society’s perspective. The role of public service media is not profit, but work for the public interest. “The exit of public…

President Levits backs Kuldiga’s UNESCO application

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits on July 28 gave his support to a bid for UNESCO recognition by the town of Kuldiga in western Latvia. During a visit to the town Levits was introduced to the traditions of wooden restoration and the involvement of the population in the preservation of the city’s cultural and historical heritage at the Kuldīga Restoration Center. As Kuldīga is preparing to submit an application to be included on the …

President Levits marks 20th anniversary of ‘Marta’ women’s refuge

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits published a video message May 12 congratulating the Marta Resource Center for Women on its 20th anniversary. Published on the presidential YouTube channel, Levits praised the work done by Marta and other non-governmental organisations that provide support and help to women suffering from abuse and violence, while admitting that “darker undertones” exist in that much work still needs to be done to deal with the root causes in Latvian society.…

President Levits calls on people to be responsible and keep calm

Friday, March 13, 2020

President Egils Levits on Thursday called on people to be responsible, keep calm and take care as the government declared a state of emergency over the global coronavirus pandemic. The president has released a video address in which he expresses confidence that if people follow the government-approved guidelines – Latvia will succeed in containing Covid-19. As LETA observed, after the announcement of the state of emergency, some stores saw an…

Latvia’s President Levits completes whirlwind Munich visit

Monday, February 17, 2020

There was no easing of President Egils Levits’ intense schedule over the weekend with the head of state giving his views on a wide range of topics at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany and numerous fringe events and meetings. Kicking off his mini-tour of Bavaria on February 13, the President delivered a lecture in German to students on “Democracy in the Digital Age” at Ludvig Maximilian University. You can…

Three security services into one doesn’t go, says Levits

Friday, January 31, 2020

President of Latvia Egils Levits said January 31 that in his opinion merging the three Latvian special and secret services would not be a good idea. Speaking on LTV’s “Morning Panorama” news show, he said that merging the special services could create a potentially problematic “monopoly of information” that could give undue influence to a single service. “I think it would not be optimal,” Levits said, “Several services is better than one service.” Currently…