Press releases and speeches

Dear Latvian people!


My four-year presidency is coming to an end. The public is reasonably waiting for my response as regards the decision how I would act henceforth. I have promised to announce that decision in April; therefore, I am addressing you today.


Dear Mr. Mayor, Your Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am truly honoured and delighted for the opportunity to visit the Vienna City Hall during my official visit to Austria. This is another proof of friendship that exists between our peoples and capitals historically.


In Latvia, Vienna is known as a city of rich and extensive history. Vienna is known for its cultural traditions and fine art connoisseurs. World-famous Latvian soloists - Elīna Garanča and Egīls Siliņš, chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica have performed and theatre performances by Aivis Hermanis have been showed on the Vienna stages.


Dear Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


I am truly delighted, the honourable Mr. President, that I can be your guest today and we can continue the conversation and exchange of opinions initiated last summer in Latvia.


Strong and stable bilateral relations, multi-faceted cooperation at both political and practical level characterize Latvia and Austria. In particular, I am pleased with the mutually enriching contacts exactly in recent years.


Dear Latvian people, 


Time before Easter is full of faith in regeneration of the spirit and life. Easter is a message about cyclical nature of life and immortality and the joy that enters into everything live alongside with return of the Sun. Our power of life hides within us, and every person is a source of his or her inspiration and faith!


Today, April 1, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš visited Rome, the capital of Italy, in order to meet the President of the Republic of Italy Sergio Mattarella and to discuss the most important aspects of the Latvian - Italian relations and international issues that are currently topical both for the European Union and for individual Member States.


Today, on March 24, His Eminence, Most Eminent Alexander Metropolitan of Riga and all Latvia at the House of the Blackheads met with the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš upon initiative of the Head of Latvian Orthodox Church, where the parties discussed mutually successful current cooperation and current near-term issues.


The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš conveys condolences in connection with the plane crash, which occurred in southern France, where theGermanwings plane crashed en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The President of Latvia emphasized that Latvia would join all the families of the deceased in our thoughts.


  Today, March 23, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Minister of Transport Anrijs Matīss and representatives of the ministerial management in order to discuss the issues being topical for the transport sector: progress and results of public consultation process as regards railway line “Rail Baltica”, Transport Summit for the Central Asia and the European Union (EU) (ASEM) expected in late April in Riga, and implementation progress of specific cooperation projects after the state visits of the President of Latvia to the Central Asian countries. The Minister of Transport stressed that specific involvement of the President A.Bērziņš and visits taken place under his leadership were significant for successful development of cooperation, as evidenced by progress within particular infrastructure and logistics projects.


Your Majesties, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


It is a great pleasure to visit your beautiful and hospitable country. I would like to thank you once again for the invitation to visit Norway on behalf of the Latvian delegation and myself.


Today, March 17, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Ambassador of Latvia to the USA Andris Razāns to discuss bilateral relations and areas of cooperation between Latvia and the United States that were currently of great significance for both countries.