In the light of the statement by the World Health Organization of 11 March 2020 that COVID-19 has been confirmed as pandemic and based on Section 4, Paragraph one, Sub-clause ‘e’ of the Civil Protection and Disaster Management Law, and Section 4, Section 5, Paragraph one, Section 6, Paragraph one, Clause one and Paragraph two, Section 7, Paragraph one and Section 8 of the Law on Emergency Situation and State of Exception and Section 3, Paragraph two of the Epidemiological Safety Law, in order to determine the epidemiological safety and other measures:
Upon assignment by the Cabinet of Ministers, Sandis Ģirģens, Minister of the Interior and Acting Minister of Economics, has issued an order for merchants throughout Latvia to ensure additional precautions at retail sites:
As a delegated assignment from the Cabinet of Ministers, Kaspars Gerhards, Minister of Agriculture, has issued an order which aims to limit the spread of Covid-19 at food retail stores and public catering venues during the state of emergency and will allow food producers to continuously produce and sell their products.
The government has decided to extend the precautionary and security measures during the emergency situation in order to prevent more effectively the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia. The restrictions will affect the work of educational establishments, public assembly, movement outside the state borders and other areas.
During the meeting with Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin on 12 February, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš discussed bilateral relations between Latvia and Finland, the opportunities to strengthen them, cooperation at regional level and current developments of the European Union. The officials focused particularly on the multi-annual budgetary process and the European Green Deal.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš paid working visit to Minsk on 16 January. The Prime Minister met with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister Sergey Rumas within the framework of the visit. The officials discussed a number of issues relating to bilateral cooperation, including the promotion of economic cooperation in the fields of transport and logistics, environmental protection, as well as preparations for the upcoming visit of the President of Belarus to Latvia. Belarus's cooperation with the European Union and NATO was also discussed during the negotiations.
On 12-13 December, the leaders of the European Union (EU) member states met in Brussels to discuss the current issues such as climate policy objectives, the EU's multiannual budget for the next period, Brexit and foreign policy.
On Thursday 12 December and Friday 13 December, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš will participate in the European Council meeting and the Euro Summit.
On 6 December, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš held a meeting with Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. The officials discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, economic cooperation and regional cooperation in the field of security, as well as the implementation of infrastructure projects.
On 6 December, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš discussed the way forward for the Rail Baltica project during a meeting with Prime Ministers of Lithuania and Estonia, as well as with representatives from Poland, Finland and the European Commission. The Prime Ministers of the Baltic States agreed to task the ministers for transport to propose a joint solution for an integrated project implementation model for Rail Baltica by February 2020.