Weekly Briefings – Institute of Economics
Task of the science is to serve

– Tolstoy –

Science is the captain, and
practice the soldiers.

– Leonardo da Vinci –

Frontiers of science are like the
horizon: the more we approach
it, the more it moves away.

– Boiste –

The fantasy is more important
than knowing.

– Albert Einstein –

Science – it means organized

– Spencer –

Freedom for the science the
same as the air for a living soul.

– Poincaré –

Research area of all sciences is

– Pascal –

System of science must be
looked at as the system of
nature: all in it is endless and

– Cuvier –

Scientific plan without working
hypothesis is a skeleton without
living body.

– Hirschfeld-

The main research subject of
mankind is the human.

– Goethe –

All is important in science.

– Heine –

Books must be results of
sciences, but sciences not results
of books.

– Bacon –

Scientist is not the one, who
gives the right answers, but the
one, who asks the right

– Claude Lévi-Strauss –

The more we will seek for the
truth outside us, the more we
will move away of it. The more
we will be able to understand
who we are, the more the truth
will assert us in ourselves.

– Antonio Meneghetti –

Before being dictated the nature
needs to be obeyed.

– Bacon –

A true scientist is not one who
has more acquired, but one who
has more understood.

– Leibniz –

Science – to know how the
being acts. To know the action
of the being.

– Antonio Meneghetti –

Science is benefactor of

– Berthelot –

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Changes in Latvian social strata in the past 30 years

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction The last 30 years for Latvia have been very fruitful but it is difficult to say that only positive changes had a place in the social structure. The overall trend of life quality is increasing. However, the most challenging issue for the country since the accession to the European Union is the population outflow and aging. The important note is that the full independence of Latvia after the dissolution of the...

The status quo of Latvian state-owned enterprises and its representative enterprises

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction The state of the art of Latvian state-owned enterprises (here and after SOEs) in this briefing will be described and analyzed based on the report conducted by KPMG[1] Baltics “State ownership policy review in Latvia”[i] and latest available annual report of Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre (CSCC) of Latvia[ii]. The detailed reports and the current briefing are dedicated to understanding the development stage of SOEs in Latvia. Description of the sector is provided to introduce the...

Main Priorities of Latvian Policy: Vaccination, Participation in the 9th China-CEEC Summit and shortcomings in Regional Reform Law

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction Latvian internal politics has several challenges in February according to development. First of all, an urgent priority for government is to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the country and diminish consequences of pandemic. In February Latvia has started wide vaccination process with online vaccination sign-up website launched to make registration process easier for inhabitants. Health Minister admitted that many are already applying for vaccination on the website “Manavakcina.lv”, and this is...

Latvian foreign policy prospects and relations with EU, US, China in 2021

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction Pandemic crisis has highlighted challenges of a new level both to individual countries and international organizations, and to the principle of multilateralism in general. In 2021 it is expected that already existing global challenges like globalization process, rivalry between the great powers, populism, and doubts on effectiveness of international organizations, will rise. Under such circumstances, cooperation and synergy in all possible formats and at all levels is vital to reach Latvia’s policy...

The trends and forecasts for Latvian main social indicators in 2021

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction During the first half of 2021, the government will continue the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. Immunization of the population is the main priority for this period. However, there are several obstacles for the citizens’ vaccination, one of them is the absence of an appropriate, realistic, and efficient plan of vaccination. Demographic situation in Latvia is worsen yearly, the population is decreasing and ageing, the government need to introduce long-term measures. The...

Latvia: the main prospects and challenges of 2021

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction The last year 2020 the world has faced a severe challenge that hit every country. It was not possible to forecast such a widespread Covid-19 and all the consequences it brought as it is never possible to predict something uncontrollable by its nature. However, Latvia is fighting the virus as the whole world does, and it is needed to make a prognosis regarding the future of the country’s economy in the nearest...

Latvian politics development outlook for 2021: municipal elections, vaccination plan and territorial reform

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Introduction The attention of Latvian society currently is focused on Covid-19 and its consequences. But we should not forget that this year for Latvian politics is the year of municipal elections. It is planned to hold elections on Saturday, 5 June 2021, but the experience of 2020 shows that Covid-19 pandemic can introduce any changes to any plans. However, the municipal elections are not far away anyway and will be a major political event in...

Latvia external relations briefing: Summary of Latvian foreign policy in 2020

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. Latvia’s foreign policy priorities in 2020 were mainly aimed at overcoming the COVID-19 crisis. Challenges faced by Latvia in its external relations have been reinforced by the coronavirus outbreak in the world. It means Latvian foreign policymakers worked especially hard to set and reach foreign policy goals for 2020. Pandemic brought a special focus on external cooperation and the importance of multilateralism and the importance of transatlantic partnership for Latvia and Baltic...

Latvian major political events in 2020: Covid-19, extraordinary elections and regional reform

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website. The main focus of Latvian internal politics in 2020 was put on the mitigation of the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. Emergency measures were amended, strengthened or supplemented all the time, which required constant work of Parliament and Government. The “Law on the Management of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” has been adopted by Latvian Cabinet of Ministers during 2020 to establish a general legal order after the end of the emergency...

Latvia economy briefing: Key Economic Indicators Changes in the Covid-19 Crisis Situation

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website Introduction Latvian economy in 2020 has faced significant difficulties due to Covid-19 crisis. However, due to governmental support measures and conscious behaviour of society the consequences are less than they could be. In this briefing the main outcomes of this year are analysed and compared to the previous year and situation in Europe in general. Key indicators of economic development, which are considered and analysed are the following: Gross domestic product rate...