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Andris Bērziņš

 Patronages

The Big Cleanup

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš met with organisers of the Big Cleanup on November 7, 2011.  The tradition was launched by the previous President, and President Bērziņš agreed to become the patron of the event.  He suggested that the goals and missions of the Big Cleanup should be more concentrated on ensuring a clean living environment while, at the same time, facilitating public responsibility for a clean environment throughout the year, not just in the context of individual campaigns.
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Mission Possible

On February 27, 2012, after meeting with the board chairwoman and executive director of the Mission Possible project, Ingrīda Blūma and Kristīne Mūrmane, President Andris Bērziņš agreed to become patron of the project and to become involved in its most important events.  “Education is the foundation of everything,” the President said.  “We will have no future without education, and so we must do everything possible to ensure that our younger generations can obtain the best education and serve the interests of the Latvian state.”
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The 25th General Latvian Song and 15th General Latvian Dance Festival

At a meeting with Culture Minister Sarmīte Ēlerte on July 18, 2011, President Bērziņš agreed to her request that he become patron of the 25th general Latvian Song and 15th general Latvian Dance festival.  It will be held in the summer of 2013.

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Rīga: European Cultural Capital 2014

Each year an international jury set up by the European Commission selects two European cities to become cultural capitals.  That is a status which speaks to cultural events throughout the relevant year, as well as pilot projects, improvements to the infrastructure of the city and the relevant country, increased flows of tourists, etc.  In 2014, the honour of serving as European Cultural Capital will rest with Latvia’s capital city and with Umea, Sweden. In support of this major event, President Andris Bērziņš has agreed to become patron of the Rīga: European Cultural Capital 2014 project.

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The “Export and Innovation Award”

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš became patron of the competition in 2011.  On December 15 of that year, he attended the “Export and Innovation Award 2011” ceremony – the seventh event of its kind in a row.  The winner was the Valmiera Glass Fibre factory, and in presenting the prize to it, President Bērziņš said that he is particularly proud of achievements among companies which have continued to develop their operations in the long term and in spite of various problems.

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The National Writing Fund

Latvia’s National Writing Support Fund (NRAF) was established on September 9, 2012, at the initiative of Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, bringing together the originators and initiators of the idea, various writers, supporters and philanthropists. 

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Forest Days 

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš has continued the tradition of presidential patronage of the Forest Days programme in Latvia, and he has expressed his support for the movement in Latvia.

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The “History Around Us” competition

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš met with representatives of the Latvian Association of History Teachers on December 5, 2011, and agreed to become patron of the “History Around Us” competition.  During the meeting, the President and the representatives of the organisation discussed the specifics of teaching history at schools, as well as the organisation’s public activities.

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The Rīga Cemetery of the Brethren

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš has become patron of a project aimed at restoring the Cemetery of the Brethren in Rīga.  On November 10, 2011, he attended the ceremonial opening of the third depository at the cemetery.  It is dedicated to everyone who helped to put together the Cemetery of the Brethren from its origins to the present day. In his address at the event, President Bērziņš thanked all supporters for their selfless contributions and insisted that the Cemetery of the Brethren is a unambiguous symbol of the eternal nature of Latvia.

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The “Most Beautiful Homestead” competition

President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš has agreed to become partner of the “Most Beautiful Homestead” competition, which is being organised by the magazine Ievas Māja.  “We live in an age of urbanisation, but it would be quite hard to find any Latvian who does not have family roots in Latvia’s countryside,” the President said.  “The future of our country cannot be imagined without small towns and farms, without well-tended and orderly homesteads which bring joy to us and to the guests of our country.  Only thus can we preserve our identity and establish a rural environment in Latvia in which people want to work, educate their children, and enjoy a high-quality and valuable life.”
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The 20th anniversary of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, and in honour of this important event, the World Association of Free Latvians is joining with the museum to call on Latvians all around the world to appreciate the work that has been done and to devote all of their strength and resources toward that which remains to be done.  Latvian President Andris Bērziņš has agreed to become honorary patron of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

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