Certificate of Merit of the President of Latvia
At the beginning of 2016, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis established and introduced a new type of deed of recognition that is a Certificate of Merit of the President of Latvia to extend gratitude for achievements in favour of the state or population of Latvia. Maestro Raimonds Pauls was the first person, whom President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis presented the Certificate of Merit at his 80th-anniversary concert.
“Many times I have called for remembering to say thanks to the people around us, appreciate their support, progress, and achievements. Undertaking the initiative as regards this call, I also would like to express my personal gratitude to the outstanding people working selflessly in favour of Latvia. Therefore I decided on establishment and introduction of the certificate of Merit of the President of Latvia,” indicated President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis.
The President of Latvia shall grant Certificates of Merit on his own initiative. The Certificate of Merit shall be presented both for a particular major work and for a long-term contribution in favour of the state and population of Latvia.
The Certificate of Merit of the President of Latvia was presented to Maestro Raimonds Pauls on 12 January 2016, by expressing gratitude for the talent and work devoted to the nation. “Let your music sound forever in Latvia!” wished President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis when presenting the Certificate of Merit.