bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Wednesday 04.03.2015 | Name days: Alise, Auce
LatviaLatvia

Berzins to start fulfilling President of Latvia duties

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

Andris Berzins

After giving a solemn declaration at the Saeima meeting on Friday, July 8, the newly-elected President of Latvia Andris Berzins will start fulfilling the responsibilities of presidential office, informed the President’s Chancery.

He will be the seventh democratically-elected President in Latvia’s history, and the fourth since the restoration of independence.

The new President graduated from Riga Polytechnic Institute in 1971, receiving a radio engineer’s degree. Whereas in 1988 he received an industrial planning degree at the University of Latvia Faculty of Economics.

Berzins has worked at the Popular Front of Latvia (Latvijas Tautas fronte). From 1993 to 2003, he was the president of Unibank.

In 2004, Berzins worked as an advisor to the presidents of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and SEB Unibank, while in 2006 he was elected as the president of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Chairman of AS Latvenergo Council.

In 2010, Berzins was elected to the 10th Saeima from the Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība) list.

Berzins is a wealthy man. When taking the Saeima deputy office, Berzins pointed out that he has given around one million lats in loans.

He also has large cash reserves and owns several vehicles.


Leave a reply

  1. ACA says:

    That’s important for his duties that the new president owns several vehicles:)

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Baltic States added to the list of destinations not suitable for patriotic Russian tourists

Russian Anti-Fascist Anti-Maidan Council has created a list of countries patriotic Russian tourists are recommended to avoid. Latvia is on this list as well.

February of 2015 - thirteenth warmest in Latvia’s meteorological history

With an average air temperature of -0.2° C, February of 2015 was 4.6 degrees warmer than usual and is considered the thirteenth warmest February in Latvia’s recorded meteorological history.

13 people have died to flu during this year’s season in Latvia

This year’s flu season in Latvia claimed the lives of 13 people. None of the people that died to flu had been vaccinated against it, according to information compiled by the Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

Housing maintenance costs Latvian households EUR 138 per month

In 2014 housing maintenance expenditure of households1 has slightly increased, reaching EUR 138 per month. Despite that, compared to 2013, housing expenditure has risen by 3%, growth of household disposable income was more rapid.

In pictures: Latest phones and devices from Mobile World Congress

The event of the month in the market of mobile computer devices is the Mobile World Congress that takes place from March 2 to 5 in Barcelona.

Kyiv increases interest rates to 30%

The National Bank of Ukraine on Wednesday, March 3, put in force a sharp increase in interest rates – from 19.5% to 30% - aimed at reducing inflation and strengthening the value of the national currency.

Researcher: problems caused by alcohol cost Latvia 80 million annually

Latvia loses nearly 20 thousand years of life and EUR 80 million annually because of problems caused by alcohol: premature deaths, disabilities and all kinds of illnesses, says Marcis Tapencieris, researcher of the Philosophy and Sociology Institute of the University of Latvia.

Additional tanks and armoured vehicles to arrive in Latvia from USA

On Monday, March 9th, M1A2 Abrams, M2A3 Bradley armoured vehicles and other support vehicles sent by USA will arrive at Riga Freeport.

Latvian State Police launch criminal process in relation to CTB Blocker

Latvian State Police have received 12 complaints from private and legal persons regarding the infection of their computers with CTB Blocker virus. Police have launched a criminal process.

Israeli PM: Survival of Israel at stake in Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, March 3, directed the attention of the U.S. to his country being endangered by Iran and urged the U.S. Congress not to support a deal on international observation of the progress Iran’s nuclear programme continuously pushed for by U.S. government.

Saakashvili: Baltic States are not safe

Defence line of Baltic States is currently located in Ukraine. However, in the event of a war, Baltic States lack the strategic advantages held by Ukraine, believes ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.

Aboltina: becoming President is not my greatest wish

Leader of Unity Solvita Aboltina says her party is busy discussing possible presidential candidates. She adds that some people have been talked to and other have been promoted for this post, as reported by lsm.lv.

Expert: Russia’s refusal to permit Kalniete entry is a slap to Latvia and EU

Refusal to permit MEP Sandra Kalniete to enter Russia is a symbolic slap to the face of the European Union and Latvia, believes CEO of Eastern European Policy Research Centre Andis Kudols.

Number of passengers carried by public transport declines in Latvia

The total number of passengers carried by public transport had decreased by 0.7% in Latvia in 2014.

In pictures: Hundreds in Moscow attend memorial service of slain Putin’s opponent Nemtsov

In Moscow, on March 3, the memorial service of killed Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov took place. His killing on February 27 in Moscow close to Kremlin has repeatedly showed, how dangerous it is to be a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

CPCB calls to launch criminal prosecution of two police officers

Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has sent materials of a criminal to Riga Region Prosecutor's Office regarding possible crimes committed by two officials of Latvian State Police.

Canadian court rules in favour of Belokon; arrests Kyrgyzstan shares in Centerra Gold

Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled in favour of Latvian businessman Valery Belokon and has arrested 6,500,240 of shares owned by Kyrgyzstan worth CAD 20.5 million in Centerra Gold.

Run-off to be held in Vilnius mayoral election

Lithuania held its municipal election and first direct mayoral election on Sunday. In the capital Vilnius, a mayoral run-off will take placeis expected as no candidate managed to reiceive more than 50% of votes.

March to be ruled by weather typical for early spring in Latvia

Winter weather will not remain for the whole of March in Latvia. However, there are no signs that would suggest warmth may come any time soon, notes State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Beer brewers call to gradually increase excise tax rate on alcohol

In order to secure the completion of the alcoholism prevention plan in Latvia, which mainly provides for a reduction of consumption of alcoholic drinks, Latvian Beer Brewers Association has come up with proposals for a gradual increase of excise tax rate on alcoholic drinks.

LG and Huawei release new smartwatches

Electronics manufacturers LG and Huawei have launched new smartwatch models although demand for such devices has been small this far.

Kalniete not allowed to enter Russia to attend Nemtsov’s funeral

MEP Sandra Kalniete, who had planned to attend Boris Nemtsov’s funeral in Moscow, has been denied entry to Russia.

State Police requests permission to punish deputy Bergmanis for causing an accident

Latvian State Police has requested the Saeima to permit the prosecution of deputy Raimonds Bergmanis from the Union of Greens and Farmers for causing an accident.

State-guaranteed study loans to be provided by SEB Bank this year

SEB Bank has been chosen as the winner of the repeatedly organized auction for the rights to provide state-guaranteed study loans this week.

Four more suspects appear in Zolitude tragedy case

Over the course of the past two weeks, the Criminal Investigation Office of State Police has expanded the list of suspects in the Zolitude tragedy case. Three officials of Riga City Construction Office and one employee of a company involved in the construction process are now suspects in the criminal case.