Press releases and speeches

“On the Orphans Day, we wish to thank the families, who have found an opportunity to accept the children left without parental care to their home and who have given warmth of their hearts to those children. We also wish to thank the employees of institutions and everyone, who supports the families and children in need,” says President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis.


Strengthening of bilateral relations between Latvia and Finland, security policy and current issues of the European Union, including migration and energy were the main topics during the meeting of President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki today.


“Every child must be enabled to grow up in a family-oriented environment. The family is the most secure environment, where a child can develop fully, develop his or her gifts and talents, and be accepted in unconditional love,” stressed First Lady of Latvia Iveta Vējone at a press conference today, where a study carried out by Foundation “Social Service Agency” on the situation of foster families in Latvia was presented.


Many challenges can only be overcome through cooperation: the upholding of the rules and conventions of international relations, the fight against terrorism, the protection of our borders and economic growth,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis at the opening of the Riga Conference on October 28.


“Canada as a lead nation of the NATO battalion be deployed in Latvia shall be provided with all the necessary infrastructure and all kinds of support,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis on Friday, October 28, when meeting with Minister of National Defence of Canada Harjit Sajjan. The President of Latvia emphasized that Latvia has increased its investments in strengthening national defensibility in recent years.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will pay a two-day working visit to Finland on Monday, October 31, when he will meet President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Timo Soini.


Today, October 25, the National Security Council (NSC) reviewed a number of topical issues related to national security. The NDP also took note of the application of the National Armed Forces (NAF) Commander, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube addressed to President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, where the NAF Commander appealed to retire him from the office before the end of the term.


At the eve of the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, the Chapter of Orders awarded 62 highest state awards: 18 Orders of the Three Stars, 10 Orders of Viesturs, and 34 Cross of Recognition 34. The awarding ceremony will be held traditionally on 18 November 2016 in the Riga Castle.


“Commitment of the Saeima to avoid proposing of hasty, ill-considered and previously not discussed issues during the third reading in the future, as well as to work on solutions so that the public would be more explained about draft laws under discussion in the Parliament and adopted laws is appreciated,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis today, October 21, when meeting with members of the Commission for Legal Environment Improvement.


“Under current dynamic and challenging geopolitical conditions, unity of the countries and their ability to overcome splitting decisions are especially important, whether that would be sanctions against Russia, assistance to Ukraine, or migration issues. We and our Estonian neighbours share almost identical view on currently rather restless scene of the world,” said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during the joint press conference with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid today.