On Monday, August 24, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and Minister for Agriculture Jānis Dūklavs in Brussels held a meeting with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development to discuss the European Commission's future support for Latvian milk producers and processors.
On Thursday, August 20, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with the U.S. Congress Senators John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and John Barrasso. Discussing the Baltic region's security, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma informed the U.S. Congress Senators that Latvia plans to increase itsdefence budget to 2 % of GDP by 2018. Currently, the Latvian governmentdiscusses the state budget for 2016 and we keep this target in mind.
On Thursday, August 20, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma delivered the opening address at the high-level session "The Role of Strategic Communication in the Process of NATO Transformation" of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, and expressed gratitude to NATO partners for their contribution to Centre's development and acquisition of experience.
On August 20 Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia Marina Kaljurand. The two parties expressed satisfaction with the exceptionally active bilateral contacts between officials of the two countries at all levels in developing a close dialogue in various fields. Tomorrow, an informal exchange of ideas between the Prime Ministers of the three Baltic States is planned in Lithuania.