“Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”


“Latvia is aware of the opportunities offered by ICT in promoting our country's growth; therefore, we are planning to invest another 640 million euros in the form of public and private financing into the development of that sector. Currently, Latvia is among the global leaders in terms of ICT infrastructure availability and quality. In order to make full use of the benefits of digitization for the growth of our national economy, we need reliable and strong partners to support our innovative ideas and new products, allowing them reach the consumers beyond our borders,” stressed President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis when meeting with Vice President of Microsoft Corporation Ms Toni Townes-Whitley in New York, USA, on 19 September 2017.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis emphasised that Latvia and Hungary shared an active and regular political dialogue that was very important for security cooperation and continuing the debate on the future of the European Union, while meeting with President of Hungary Janos Ader on Tuesday, September 19. The meeting was held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York during the visit of the President of Latvia to the United States.


The decision of Canada to assume the leadership of the NATO Battle Group in Latvia contributed both to the cooperation in security and to political and economic cooperation between the two countries, as President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis stated at a meeting with Speaker of the Senate of Canada Mr George J. Furey, Q.C. in the Riga Castle on Wednesday, September 13.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis presented the draft law “On the termination of the Granting of Non-citizen Status to Children” to Saeima envisaging the termination of the granting of noncitizen status to the children of noncitizens born after 1 June 2018 and their recognition as citizens of Latvia unless the parents of the child agree to grant the citizenship of another country to the child, and the child is not a citizen of any other country.


On Monday, 11 September 2017, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis accredited the Ambassadors of Sweden and Slovenia to Latvia in a solemn ceremony held in the Riga Castle.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis indicated that it was essential for Latvia to maintain a political dialogue with Israel and a regular exchange of visits between the officials from both countries was highly appreciated during his meeting with the President of the Knesset of the State of Israel Mr Yuli-Yoel Edelstein in the Riga Castle on Monday, September 11. The President of Latvia noted that this year marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Israel, which was an excellent opportunity to set goals for further cooperation.


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and First Lady of Latvia Iveta Vējone will pay a regional working visit to Bauska 


President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis met Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis and his team in the Riga Castle on Friday, September 8. During the meeting, the President of Latvia emphasised that it was important for Latvia to actively participate in a discussion on the future of the European Union, as its primary interest is to be seen as a part of the core of Europe.