Press releases and speeches

“All people have the right to live in peace and security in their own country,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in his statement to the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday, September 21 in New York. “Decisive political action to address and prevent conflicts that cause massive displacements and suffering is more urgent than ever before. The international community must find political solutions.”


First Lady of Latvia Iveta Vējone met with employees of Latvian diaspora schools at the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations in New York o September 21. Administrators, teachers, and parents of both Latvian congregation schools in New York, as well as representatives of Garezers Latvian Summer High School attended the meeting.


Latvia supported sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine consistently and considered acceptance of the de facto situation of the annexed Crimea inacceptable, as President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis confirmed during the bilateral meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, September 20.


Only specific and tangible results of reforming that change daily life will speed up increasing trust of the Moldovan public and international partners in the country, as President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis stressed during the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Pavel Filip in New York on Tuesday September 20. He congratulated Moldova with the progress already made and noted at the same time that the work on the practical implementation of reforms should be continued.


The countries of the world should tackle the refugee crisis in solidarity, because it was not only European but also global responsibility, said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in his address at the opening of the United Nations (UN) Summit “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants”' on September 19.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis expressed the following proposals at the Arraiolos group meeting ongoing in Bulgaria on opportunities to build confidence in the EU: to make the European Union less bureaucratic and more understandable to its citizens, to define a clearer vision on the future of Europe, and to strengthen the security of the EU, joint counter-terrorism measures, and co-operation with NATO.


During a meeting with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella today, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis appreciated the cooperation between the two countries in the field of security, which was essential while implementing the decisions made at the NATO Summit in Warsaw.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis sent proposals for improvement of the legislative process and the quality of laws to Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece today. “Good laws is our common duty towards population of Latvia. The public expects high-quality legislative process and well-considered laws from the Saeima,” emphasized the President of Latvia. Raimonds Vējonis proposed to the Members of the Parliament to examine several proposals for amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Saeima enabling immediate improvement of the quality of laws without the need for extensive reforms or substantial resources.


We congratulate all dads in Latvia and their beloved ones on the Father’s Day!

We invite to think about relations between parents and children on this day in particular bearing in mind that every member of the family is unique. Therefore, let us appreciate each other as individuals in the family, encourage and support each other! Let us be patient, understanding and let us build respectful relationships so that children would grow up in a harmonious environment! Happy children will form a happy future society of Latvia.

To discuss the current challenges in Europe, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and nine Presidents of European countries will meet at an annual informal meeting of the Arraiolos Group, which is held on September 14 and 15 in Plovdiv and Sofia, Bulgaria.