Centenary of the state of Latvia
While waiting for the Centenary of the state of Latvia in 2018, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis became a patron of the Celebration and undertook to lead a top-level brainstorming group.
The President of Latvia has expressed his support for the purpose of the Celebration be planned so that Latvian population and compatriots living abroad would be engaged in the Celebration. In addition, the Celebration should be used as an opportunity to remind the whole world about our country and people.
Becoming a patron, Raimonds Vējonis established the Centenary Council. It includes former Presidents of Latvia: Guntis Ulmanis, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Valdis Zatlers, and Andris Bērziņš, and Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, and Minister of Culture Dace Melbārde.
“Celebration of the establishment of the state for a number of years is unique and gorgeous event, which will remind of the core values set on 18 November 1918, long way to the independence of Latvia, and will sketch a future vision of the country. It is therefore particularly important to be aware during the celebration that people are the most valuable asset of Latvia and that only their engagement in organizing and having the Celebration will ensure that the centenary of our country becomes the celebration of entire nation,” stated Raimonds Vējonis.
The Young Guard
When taking up his duties, the President of Latvia Latvian has prioritized strengthening of national unity, self-esteem, patriotism, and pride for their country among the population in Latvia.
Thus, to promote the development of the Youth Guard movement, to highlight its important role in shaping the future Latvian defenders and to promote greater public support thereto, the President of Latvia agreed to call of the Minister of Defence Raimonds Bergmanis to become the patron of the Youth Guard movement.
One of the first events, where the President of Latvia as the patron of the Youth Guard movement participated, was the solemn ceremony of affirmation of Young Guards on the Lāčplēsis Day in 2015.
Being confident that education was the foundation for building strong Latvia, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis became the patron of the education program Mission Possible.
A festive event was held at the House of Blackheads on 2 November 2015, when the President of Latvia got acquainted with young teachers and the founders of the Mission Possible, as well as supporters of the program, and he thanked the persons present for their contribution in promotion and development of the quality of education in Latvia.
“For changes to happen in education, leaders are required, who have vision, initiative, relevant higher education, and the desire to work with children and teenagers above all. Education program “Mission Possible” contributes to dynamic development of our education system with every new call, because new, create and energetic teachers join different Latvian schools,” emphasized President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis in his speech.
Latvian National Opera and Ballet
At the end of 2015, the President of Latvia and Mrs. Iveta Vējone became patrons of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet.
“The Latvian National Opera and Ballet is the pearl of Riga and entire Latvia thanks to its high artistic quality. I would like to express my gratitude to all persons, who work every day so that new ideas would be created and implemented, by transforming this house into the temple of opera and ballet. The Latvian National Opera and Ballet is able to offer both golden classics and innovative and modern performances, productions for all generations to the audience. We can be proud that the artists from the Latvian Opera and Ballet perform on the best stages in the world. In reply to the invitation, my spouse and I agreed to become patrons of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet. We will provide support so that the Latvian National Opera and Ballet develop and its name is widely heard in the world. I wish that when hearing the word ‘Riga’ and ‘Latvia’, everybody would remember our White House and its high artistic level,” admitted Raimonds Vējonis.
“Choice of President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis to become the patron of opera and choice of the First Lady of Latvia Mrs Iveta Vējone to become the patroness of ballet provide particular importance of the status of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet. We consider it a great honour and support to the key cultural institution in Latvia,” indicated the Chairperson of the Board of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet Mr. Zigmārs Liepiņš.
Grand Award in Construction Industry
To acknowledge contribution made by the professionals and new constructors of construction industry, the President of Latvia has undertaken the duties of patron of competition “Grand Award in Construction Industry” and presented the top awards of the industry to the persons respected in the industry.
In 2015, Raimonds Vējonis presented the award for lifetime achievement to six construction industry engineers, whose working experience exceeded 40 and even 50 years, but who were still active in the industry.
“Construction industry is one of the leading sectors of national economy. Nowadays, when various technologies develop in construction industry, construction-related professionals, that is, their ability to plan, design, calculate, create, and build, have the crucial role in successful implementation of any project of construction industry” stressed the President of Latvia.
Environmental Quality Mark “Green Certificate”
Having confirmed his support for eco-friendly and sustainable management in the Latvian countryside, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis has become the patron of environmental quality mark for rural tourism establishments “Green Certificate”. This mark is awarded to those farms, which comply with the principles of “green” farming by sparing resources, creating a tourism offer that is eco-friendly and local community-friendly.
The President of Latvia presented the Green Certificate to 14 rural tourism establishments at annual conference “Strength of Rural Tourism: Collaboration among Entrepreneurs, Local Governments, and Local Communities” on 30 October 2015.
Project “homo ecos:”
Expressing his support for eco-friendly lifestyle, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis has undertaken patronage of the project “homo ecos:”. The project brings together like-minded people, who find balanced development corresponding to the needs of humankind and the planet very important.
“Everybody is obliged to take care of the environment where we live in. I consider that participation in this project is a great opportunity for everybody to show that we care about climate change and are ready to act in order to tackle them. I have always stood for eco-friendly lifestyle and management, so I encourage everyone to protect natural resources, save electricity, and sort waste,” said the President of Latvia.
Nature Concert Hall
During the 10th anniversary of the Nature Concert Hall in the end of 2015, Raimonds Vējonis became the patron of this educational multimedia project.
“Nature Concert Hall is a unique opportunity to show the beauty of our nature and what is next to us in our everyday life. It allows us to get to know what is sometimes invisible, but is very significant in nature. That correlates with our lives as well, because we most often notice those persons, who have achieved the best results, but we do not always emphasize and sufficiently appreciate achievements by many fellow human beings of the same importance,” said the President of Latvia.
The “Most Beautiful Homestead” competition
President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady of Latvia Mrs Iveta Vējone participated in a solemn awarding ceremony of the “Most Beautiful Homestead” competition organized by the magazine "Ievas Māja" on 29 October 2015, when the most beautiful homesteads in Latvia in 2015 were awarded. Farm "Vārpas" located in Zvārdes rural district of Saldus region owned by Mr. Valdis and Mrs. Ļuba Markevici was recognized as the most beautiful homestead this year.
The Big Cleanup
“Cleaning up greatly influences the way we see and feel our place of residence. A person, who has cleaned or arranged a place himself or herself, will also try to maintain it attractive further on as well. That is why the cleanup should also be a tradition promoted in the future by adding a more responsible attitude towards the environment of Latvia,” stressed President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with organizers and supporters of the Big Cleanup on 10 November 2015. He noted that he supported the idea of the Big Cleanup from the very beginning thereof, thus he was particularly pleased to become a patron of that project.
The Export and Innovation Award
Having expressed his support for facilitation of Latvian export and innovation, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis has become a patron of the Export and Innovation Award. During the awarding ceremony in 2015, he presented the Export Champion Award to Riga Stradiņš University.
Other Significant Public
State President’s Prize in Athletics
State President’s Prize competition in athletics is an annual international competition, where national teams from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia compete for the State President’s Prize. The competition is aimed at bringing together the best athletes from the national teams.
On 31 July 2015, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis attended the opening ceremony of the competition and stressed while addressing the competition participants that the competition was an important point of reference for athletes, that is, a chance to prove their abilities and show the results of long-lasting and difficult workout.
In its turn, the awarding ceremony of State President’s Prize in athletics took place at the House of Blackheads on 15 September 2015, when Raimonds Vējonis presented the won cups to the best athletes.
XI Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival
While appreciating significance of the Song and Dance Festival as the cultural heritage of Latvia, the President of Latvia and the First Lady of Latvia Mrs Iveta Vējone expressed their support, participated in the festive procession of XI Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival, and attended the closing concert in Mežaparks.
“This week confirms how rich our heritage is. Voices of Latvian choirs and dance steps of Latvian dancing groups are unique in the world! We are admired! People are learning from us! When Latvians join in a common song and dance, unique energy and the feeling of togetherness are born!” said Raimonds Vējonis at the closing concert.