Latvian President Rinkēvičs picks advisory team

The President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs has established the core of his advisory team, Latvian Radio reported on July 12.

At the end of May, it became known that the leadership of the President's Chancellery had recently been entrusted to Gunda Reire, parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her deputy is the former chief executive officer of the State Revenue Service, Dace Pelēkā.

The advisor in legal affairs will be the representative of Latvia in international institutions Kristīne Līce.

Rinkēvičs will continue his cooperation with the former head of the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and diplomat Edvīns Severs, who will be the President's advisor on foreign affairs.

The advisor on national security will be Aivars Puriņš, who currently performs the duties of defense advisor to NATO in Brussels.

The advisor to economic affairs will be Irēne Emīlia Švilpe, currently representative of the European Commission in Latvia.

The duties of the head of the presidential protocol will be entrusted to the former Deputy Head of State Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Inese Liepiņa.

Professor of Riga Technical Universit Latvian representative for the European Nuclear Research Agency (CERN) Toms Torims will be the external advisor to Rinkēvičs in science matters.

The President's advisor for communication, Mārtiņš Drēģeris, has been in office at the foreign minister's bureau for several years.

The team of presidential advisors will be complete in a few weeks, in mid-August, when Aivars Puriņš and Irene Emilia Švilpe, currently working in international institutions, begin to fulfil their new duties. The range of advisors and external advisors can also be complemented in some areas.


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