On November 21 Ambassador of Slovakia to Latvia H.E. Peter Hatiar visited Valmiera to explore opportunities to enhance cooperation between Valmiera and municipalities in Slovakia. This was Ambassador’s first working visit outside Riga since presenting his letters of accreditation to the President of Latvia.
On November 21 representatives from the Solna City Council visited Valmiera to explore how the local government is providing equal opportunities to residents of Valmiera and surrounding districts.
On November 18, when Latvia was celebrating its 95th Independence Day, President of the Republic of Latvia hosted a reception where highest State awards were given. In total the Order of the Three Stars was given to 24 people, among who was the Mayor of Valmiera Mr Inesis Boķis.
On October 18, in the presence of the Mayor of Valmiera Mr Inesis Boķis, State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Mr Kaspars Ozoliņš and chairmen of “VTU Valmiera Ltd.” Mr Oskars Spurdziņš the reconstructed Valmiera bus terminal was opened.
On September 27 Heads of Diplomatic Missions residing in Latvia (from Britain, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Lithuania, Order of Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Sweden) together with their spouses visited Valmiera. It is a tradition that each year Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with local governments organize a visit to one municipality.
As of 1 January 2014 Latvia will become 18th member state of the Eurozone, replacing its national currency Latvian Lat. In less than 100 days euro will be adopted, hence intensive preparation process has begun to ensure efficient transition from one currency to another.
On September 4 President of Latvia Mr Andris Bērziņš presented the Cross of Recognition to former landrat of the Gütersloh district and one of the co-founders of the society “For cooperation of Valmiera and Gütersloh districts” Mr Franz-Josef Balke. The award was given for his years of work in facilitating an international partnership between Latvia and Germany, as well as his investment in the development of the city and administrative district of Valmiera.
Each year Valmiera City Council asks local residents to nominate people who have done exceptional job either in public or private sector or who should be praised for outstanding accomplishments. This year 26 people were nominated, yet only 3 people were awarded the title “Honorary Resident of Valmiera” and 5 people were given the title – Resident of the Year.
Valmiera City Council has received an approval from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development to carry out a project that will replace most of the street lights in Valmiera to energy efficient LED light-bulbs. LEDs provide a crisp white light that enables people to see more clearly at night under lower light intensity than that provided by HPS luminaires. Furthermore, LEDs have a lifespan of 50,000-70,000 hours, which is 2 to 3 times longer than HPS.
Valmiera city has always positioned itself as green and environmentally friendly city. Not only Valmiera is among the leaders in housing insulation and can be proud of its vast green areas, now we have made another important step to sustain this image. Further on employees of Valmiera City Council will have an opportunity to go from one place to another by using a brand new electro-bicycle.