On January 31 Prime Minister of Latvia Ms Laimdota Straujuma visited Valmiera. It was her first regional visit after becoming the prime minister: “Due to its well established entrepreneurship environment and dynamic cultural life, Valmiera can be called a blossoming city, hence I believe that my decision to visit it first is logical.”
Valmiera is becoming more and more appealing as a tourist destination point – last year Valmiera Tourism information centre welcomed 8500 visitors which is 4% more than in 2012. Last year majority of tourists came from Estonia (34%), yet high interest has remained among tourists coming from Germany (12%), Finland (8%) and Russia (7%).
As from this December the Open Air gallery along the Barefoot Trail of the Gauja River Steep Banks has been opened for visitors.
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.