Press releases and speeches

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis went on a regional visit to Daugavpils today, where he met with the leadership of the local government, visited a number of educational institutions, and met with the representatives of businesses and population.


“Such a taxation policy must be established which will reduce the social inequality among the population, will stimulate developing businesses, and will promote public confidence in the public administration,” emphasised President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola on Friday.


“Latvia and Lithuania are close partners and allies united by a shared vision of the strengthening the regional security,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis in Riga Castle today.


“The financial systems of the Western countries are subject to constant changes. Those changes are mainly focused on strengthening the competitiveness of banks, the improvement of statutory regulation, the introduction of new technologies and services, stricter standards for banking supervision, and more tough fight against money laundering,” stressed President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with the management of the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks on Thursday.


“Here, in Tīreļpurvs (Tīrelis swamp) and Ložmetējkalns (Machinegun Hill), the struggle for Latvia began a hundred years ago. The Christmas Battles paved the way for the free and independent state of Latvia,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in his speech at the commemorative event to mark the centenary of the Christmas Battles on January 7.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov on Wednesday, December 28.


“The visit of the US Senators is a great opportunity for the US to witness serious attitude of Latvia both towards its obligations to NATO and towards its security. On behalf of Latvia, I emphasised commitment of our country to fully meet all the obligations of the host country for the Allied presence in the territory of Latvia,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis after his meeting with US Senator John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Amy Klobuchar on Wednesday.


During a meeting with the Auditor General today, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis stated that the current Auditor General should continue the work she had initiated. Therefore he supported the appointment of Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa for a second term.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis admitted that versatile agricultural companies should be developed in Latvia that could both successfully operate in conventional sectors of agriculture and offer new products and services more and more during his meeting with entrepreneurs and councillors of local municipality while on his regional visit to Tērvete on Tuesday.


When promulgating the state budget for 2017 and the state budget-related laws, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis urges to evaluate opportunities to streamline the procedure for drafting the budget bill package so that decision-making on national financial resources would be comprehensible and transparent and would promote public trust in the decision made by the state power.