Posts tagged ‘Riga’

37. Jānis Krastiņš, professor. Latvian Architecture – the Pride of Latvia.

Since time immemorial, houses have been built in Latvia with their architectural quality often rivaling that of the world renowned masterpieces of architecture. People from all over the world come to admire Riga. There is a lot to see, especially in the historic centre of the city which in 1997 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Its largest value is the unique Art Nouveau architecture created in the early 20th century when a new generation of architects began working in Riga. The young architects acquired their professional education at Riga Polytechnic Institute where the school of architecture was opened in 1869. It is not an exaggeration to say that Riga was built by the Latvians.

The same school of architecture in Riga, which today is the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Riga Technical University, maintains the traditions of architectural education that have been established more than 140 years ago. The majority of architects practicing in Riga and in other cities of Latvia are the graduates of the local university. That is why the school bears great responsibility for the processes going on in Latvian architecture.

The real high-quality architecture does not attract attention with its unusual and vainglorious image or originality created for the sake of originality, but with a proper artistic composition that perfectly fits in the urban context, creating a harmonious balance and clearly perceivable references to the surrounding environment. Over the last few years several such regard-deserving buildings have indeed been built.


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21. Diāna Čivle, Director of the Foundation „Riga 2014”. Riga – European Capital of Culture in 2014.


In May 2010, Riga was officially announced the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Since the EU enlargement this status is shared by two cities, each of a different country. Riga’s partner in 2014 will be Umea City of Sweden, and it means joint cultural projects in 2014. In Latvia, Riga’s official partner is Sigulda, and Riga is open for cooperation also with other cities and towns of Latvia. This important status means not only a rich event calendar throughout 2014 – it will be the greatest project in Latvia so far spreading its effects well beyond the sphere of culture. The Riga programme is intended as a culmination of long-term cultural projects started during the preparation phase before 2014.



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20. Nils Ushakov, Chairman of the Riga City Council. Riga – the Heart of the Baltics.

Since foundation of Riga 810 years ago, the city has changed and developed, succeeding to preserve its uniqueness in dynamic environment. Riga has always been the city with strong development potential and today it still remains the engine for the national economic growth, being also one of the most significant players in the Baltic Sea Region that has been recognised as one of the most attractive areas of the world for business.

In spite of the crisis period it has lived through in finances and economics, Riga is the city of opportunities. A time of crisis should be viewed wisely, rather as a specific development opportunity. To foster the rehabilitation of Riga economics in budget austerity measures, the development of large scale public infrastructure projects with the possibility to attract external co-financing or apply the public private partnership principle, has become a priority of the Riga City Council.

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19. Zaiga Krišjāne,professor LU, Pēteris Šķiņķis, professor LU. Urban system and development in Latvia.

Latvia is 64,000 km2 in size, with 2.25 million residents.  Of these, 69% reside in cities.  This level of urbanisation has stabilised over the last few decades, despite fundamental changes in population numbers and growth rate structures. Latvia’s network of cities has served as the framework for the settlement pattern of the nation.  Latvia’s cities are fairly evenly distributed; there are 1.2 cities  per 1,000 km2 of territory.  The average distance among the country’s 76 cities is twenty-six kilometres.

Latvia is administratively divided into 5 regions and 118 local municipalitieties.  9 national cities have their own municipal administrations:  Rīga (the capital of Latvia), Liepāja, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Rēzekne, Ventspils, Jūrmala, Jēkabpils and Valmiera.  Sixty seven of the Latvias’s urban centres (cities and towns) are municipal centres and house the administrative authorities for their respective surrounding rural areas. Seventeen cities sustain role of a development centres of regional level .

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18. VEXOIL Bunkering Ltd.

We would like to introduce you our company – “VEXOIL Bunkering” Ltd, which is one of the leading bunkering companies in Riga port, Latvia. Our company was found in August of 2003 as the result of significant changes in mother company “LIDONAFTA”. Company’s bunkering department started its operation in 1997 and in 2003 it was decided to establish a new independent bunkering company.

Our team have been successfully developing business and presence in bunkering market at Riga Port through years. This gave us the possibility to build a new and technologically modern oil terminal in the territory of Riga Port in 2003. This terminal has been successfully launched in September, 2003. This gave us opportunity to increase our product turnover four times in a couple of months, and we are searching for new contacts and customers, because our human and technological resources are far from the limit.

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13. L.Loginovs, Chief Executive Officer of the Freeport of Riga. Free Port of Riga – One of the Main Points of the Eurasian Trade Route.

Thousands of ships have circumnavigated the Earth for innumerable times, thousands of hours have been spent on the air on our way to business partners, millions of tons of raw materials have been brought to factories, millions of tons of fuel have been burnt, and goods at the value of milliards of dollars have been delivered to our homes.

We try not to reason about this on a daily basis, but when we evaluate our life within a definite period of time, we see how far we have moved away from the moment when we estimated the results of the previous year. For entrepreneurs working in Latvia’s conditions this task is easier to be accomplished, since the markedly seasonal parts of the year come to aid – one realises the benefits of the summer that has passed, or what can be expected from autumn. However, more and more frequently these limits use to vanish in international business, since transactions on Planet Earth take place day and night, every second.

When looking back to the year 2010 in the Freeport of Riga, the conclusion can be made that the year has passed under rather complicated conditions, but however, all-in-all it has been successful. We have survived consolidation of the state budget, recurrent and essential tax increase, we have elected deputies for the Saeima and worked in the sweat of our brow, we have recently declared extraordinary elections, but notwithstanding all this, we are hopefully looking forward to future.

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10. A.V.Krastiņš, professor RTU, Latvia – External Border of EU and High Quality Education for Customs Professionals.

The Latvian Customs together with other national customs authorities implement the EU common customs policy and ensure smooth flow of trade among EU Member States as well as customs control at the external borders of the Community.

The Latvian Customs have proved to be a professional administrator of an international level being able to protect the interests of all EU Member States and to guarantee the protection of the single market and safety of the Community’s citizens.

The importance of the customs services in our country is set by the geographical location of Latvia. The land border Latvia-Russia (245 km) and Latvia-Belarus (161 km) is also the external border of the EU. Customs control is ensured at 31 customs control points which include 12 inland and 19 EU’s external border crossing points – on roads and railways, at sea ports, Riga International Airport and international postal delivery points.

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