Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica was a member of the Latvian Parliament (the 11th Saeima), chairing the European Affairs Committee, and working on the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee. Kalniņa-Lukaševica has been an advisor on strategic planning and analysis to President Valdis Zatlers, Deputy Chair for Administrative Matters at the Strategic Analysis Commission, and Deputy State Secretary for Development Planning at the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government Affairs. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica has a doctoral degree in Management Science from the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia.
The principal duties of the Parliamentary Secretary are ensuring cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the Saeima (the Parliament) and the European Parliament, which is of a special importance during the upcoming Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. On certain occasions, Ms Kalniņa-Lukaševica will represent Latvia at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils and participate in debates at committees of the European Parliament.
Viktors Makarovs, who has been the Parliamentary Secretary up to this point, will now become Advisor to the Foreign Minister responsible for development cooperation and representation of Latvia in international organisations on questions of upholding political rights and freedoms, issues related to the Russian language information space, and also MFA cooperation with non-governmental organisations.
Atis Lots remains Head of the Foreign Minister’s Office. Other staff that will continue in their existing posts include the Deputy Head of the Minister’s Office, Inga Ozola; Legal Adviser to the Minister, Sandra Sondore-Kukule; and Adviser on Communications to the Minister, Una Ahuna-Ozola.
The Foreign Minister also has three un-salaried advisers: Elīna Lazdāne, Adviser on International Communications; Anna Kononova, Communications Adviser; and Daniels Pavļuts, Adviser on Cooperation with Business Organisations.