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The awards of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia will be presented to laureates, five excelling public personalities, on November 16th. One of the awarded is Gundega Grīnuma, researcher of the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.
Gundega Grīnuma receives this award for her life-long contribution to research of creative work of Rainis and Aspazija as well as for her investment into successful fulfilment of the program of Rainis’ and Aspazija’s 150th jubilee celebration events.
The Cabinet of Ministers Award is the highest distinction of the Republic of Latvia. After re-gaining of independence of Latvia, this Award was established in 1995, symbolically restoring the Fatherland Award. The Fatherland Award was instated by the president Kārlis Ulmanis, during the years of the first Free State, in 1937. The Statute of this Award decrees that the Cabinet of Ministers’ Award is presented for outstanding achievements or merit in the development of democratic Latvia governed by law, as well as for excellence in the fields of economy, social initiatives, or other nationally significant areas.
In 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers Awards have been also presented to basketball player Ulyana Semyonova, to pedagogue, folk dance choreographer, to the Chief of the Folk Dance Festival Ingrīda Edīte Saulīte, to the director of the Central Bureau of Statistics Aija Žīgure, and to the director of the State Centre of Social Care Latgale Mārīte Grigāne.