President names new European Union ambassador

A new ambassador to the European Union has been named by Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, according to the president’s press office in Rīga.

Andris Ķesteris takes over from Andris Piebalgs. Ķesteris previously served as deputy state secretary in the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also a head of the Latvian delegation to EU.

In an Aug. 14 meeting during which the new ambassador was accredited, the president and Ķesteris stressed the need for Latvian political leaders to consolidate pro-EU efforts before the Sept. 20 referendum on joining the European Union.

The ambassador is stationed in Brussels, headquarters for the EU.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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