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President of Latvia underlines the need to help higher education and culture sectors overcome the crisis

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President of Latvia Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš discussed progress towards lifting of the state of emergency and easing of safety measures after the nationwide lockdown during a video call today. President and Prime Minister exchanged views on possible expanding of the Baltic ‘travel bubble’ and lifting of travel ban for more countries once public health and safety improves.

Egils Levits and Krišjānis Kariņš talked about prevention of economic recession caused by Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. President Levits underlined the need to invest smartly into different sectors to ensure better outcomes. ‘I also believe that it is crucial to ensure financial support for higher education. At the same time, we must continue moving towards higher education reforms,’ said Egils Levits.

Stressing the social significance of culture, President of Latvia noted that culture is another sector that should receive financial assistance to overcome the crisis. Egils Levits also emphasised the importance of consulting experts of non-governmental organisations and possible easing of restrictions for amateur choirs looking to resume rehearsals. Prime Minister Kariņš told the President that these topics will be discussed during today’s government meeting.


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