An international jury established to evaluate nominees for Baltic Assembly (BA) prizes gathered at the Latvian Parliament, the Saeima, on September 27, voting to award this year’s science prize to Maija Dambrova for her work in the field of energy metabolism and her contributions toward researching the mechanism of effectiveness of the metabolic agent Mildronate. The BA literature prize will go to the Lithuanian poet, writer, literary critic, playwright and translator Sigitas Parulskis for his novel “Darkness and Company” and for two collections of essays, “Wanting Something Tender Before Dying” and “The Fangs of My Conviction.
29.09.2016, Society, Innovation
“All people have the right to live in peace and security in their own country,” Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis declared during his address at the 71st session of the United Nations on September 21 in New York. Decisive political action to address and prevent conflicts that cause massive displacements and suffering is more urgent than ever before. The international community must find political solutions.”
28.09.2016, Politics, Foreign Affairs
Latvia has nominated a movie for the best foreign film competition in next year’s American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards ceremony. This is the ninth time that Latvia has submitted a film for consideration, and this time a panel of experts at the Latvian National Film Centre (NFC) announced the selection at a news conference on September 23. This year’s Latvian entry is the feature film “Ausma” (Dawn), which was directed by Laila Pakalniņa.
28.09.2016, Culture, Society
Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved an Economics Ministry programme to lower taxes and co-fund the salaries of highly qualified employees at start-up companies in 2017. The Economics Ministry has been charged with organising a EUR 3 million programme to co-fund wages when start-ups lack financing to hire qualified specialists. The plan is to be submitted to the full Cabinet of Ministers on October 11.
28.09.2016, Start-up, Business
On 25-26 August, Riga will host the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic and Nordic countries in the NB8 format. Latvia will welcome the region’s representatives as the country coordinating the NB8 cooperation in 2016. The programme includes a reflection on cooperation in the region over the 25 years since the Baltic States regained their independence and a discussion on current developments in Europe as well as security issues in the region and beyond.
25.08.2016, Foreign Affairs, Politics
On 24 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a meeting of the Diaspora Working Group, at which an informational report on the activities of the Foreign Ministry in the diaspora sector from 2013 to 2015 was presented to the diaspora organisations and cooperation partners.
25.08.2016, Society, Foreign Affairs
The Summer Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. Latvia is represented by 34 athletes who are competing in 13 different disciplines. The first week was successful for female athletes from Latvia who demonstrated good results, but did not win any medals.
Latvian Institute, 15.08.2016, Sports, Events
Latvians are proud of their ancient cultural heritage when it comes to gastronomy, often producing and preparing their own food. Rīga and the Gauja region have been named the European Region of Gastronomy 2017 for that reason. It’s interesting to note that the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle, which is very closely linked to an appreciation of that which is natural and naturally produced, has recently been expanding in Rīga, not least because people appreciate sustainable ideas.
Latvian Institute, 11.08.2016, Society, Food
Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to June 2015, industrial production output increased by 7.9 % in June 2016 (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). Production output in manufacturing rose by 8.2 %, in electricity and gas supply by 9.6 %, while in mining and quarrying there was a drop of 3.2 %.
04.08.2016, Economy, Statistics
Latvia’s gastronomy may have been influenced by Germans, Swedes, Poles and Russians, but if we look at national celebrations, then we see one very unique aspect of the past that is still with us – Latvians like to be in contact with nature and to produce and prepare food with their own hands.
03.08.2016, Food, Events