From 15 March 2019, Vilnis Ķirsis has been appointed as advisor to the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on economic and energy policy, and Toms Torims – as an external advisor on international scientific cooperation.
Vilnis Ķirsis’ duties will entail ensuring cooperation with business organisations in the matters of coordination of external economic interests, the analysis of energy policy and topics related to energy security, and the representation of the Foreign Minister’s opinion at interinstitutional meetings and working groups concerning promotion of external economic interests and energy policy.
Toms Torims will be in charge of representing Latvia and its interests at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), negotiate for and facilitate the accession of Latvia to CERN in the status of an associate member, maintain feedback and information exchange between Latvia and CERN and advise the Foreign Minister on the matters of international scientific cooperation.
Vilnis Ķirsis (b. 1980) has earned a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Latvia. He has been a member of the Riga City Council from 22 June 2017. Before that, Vilnis Ķirsis was appointed several times to serve as Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Economy. In his capacity of Member of the Saeima (2013–2017) Vilnis Ķirsis worked on the Public Administration and Local Government Committee, the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee and the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee.
Toms Torims (b. 1976) holds PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Riga Technical University (RTU). Toms Torims is Director of the RTU Centre of High Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies, a scientific associate at CERN and professor of the Chair of Material Processing technology at the RTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics, as well as advisor to the RTU Rector. Before that, he was also advisor to the Minister of Education and Science.