“By exploiting its historical experience and geographical situation,
Latvia can do much and be a cusp between the East and the West.”
According to the Latvian perspective as regards priorities for the Presidency of the EU Council, Andris Bērziņš belives that Latvia as an EU Member State had purposefully worked on the expanding cooperation with the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia in recent years, which would be very important for the EU as a whole now and in the future.
So who is this man?
The current president, Andris Bērziņš is the eighth president of Latvia. He was born in the Vidzeme Province town of Nitaure in 1944. He graduated from Riga Politechnical institute in
1971 with a degree in radio engineering. Bērziņš also has a degree in industrial planning; he graduated from the University of Latvia’s Economy faculty in 1988. Bērziņš had a successful career at the company Elektrons, where he started to work in 1971 as an engineer and eventually was appointed to be the company’s Managing Director. In 1988 Bērziņš was appointed to be the Deputy Minister for Community Services of the Latvian Soviet Republic.
He was the Chairman of the Valmiera District Council from 1989 to 1993. As well as between 1990
and 1993 he was Member of the Supervisory Council of the Bank of Latvia and also from 1990
to 1993 he was a Member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia. Then he took a job in business by leading the Latvijas Unibanka (now SEB bank) as the president from 1993 to 2004. From 2007 to 2009 he was working to the Latvenergo energy company as the Chairman of the Supervisory Council. Bērziņš attempted to return to politics in 2005 when he participated in the Riga City
Council elections. From 2006 to 2010 he was the president of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2010 he was elected as Member of the Saeima from the Green Farmer Party list.
He was the Chairman of the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee.
And in 2011 he was elected as a president.