Rīga, April 22, 2015. Today, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma met with General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Bernadette Ségol to discuss the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU issues on the agenda, as well as the quality of dialogue between the EU Member States’ governments and social partners.
A video posted on the Internet on 19 April showed militant members of the ISIL/Da'esh terrorist organisation shamelessly murdering at least 28 persons. According to preliminary reports, all those killed were Ethiopian nationals. ISIL/Da'esh has committed similar acts of terror on previous occasions that have received strong condemnation from Latvia and the entire international community.
The Presidency is deeply concerned by the developments in the Mediterranean. The situation needs to be addressed by tackling it at its roots. The Presidency welcomes the joint meeting of EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Ministers for Home Affairs taking place in the afternoon of 20 April.
On Friday, April 17, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister.
On Thursday, April 16, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, within the framework of his official visit to Latvia.
On Wednesday, April 15, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma congratulated her colleague Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia, during his visit to Latvia, on the approval of the newly elected Estonian government.
On Wednesday, April 15, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, and stressed the strategic importance of Azerbaijan in further development of the European Union's Eastern Partnership relations.
On Friday, April 10, in Vilnius (Lithuania), the Prime Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia met for an informal working session of the Baltic Council of Ministers.
On Friday, April 10, in Vilnius (Lithuania), the Prime Ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will meet in the informal working session of the Baltic Council of Ministers. The key topics for the meeting - preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit, security, energy and transport, as well as the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Easter is a time for contemplation when we reassess the progress made and look at ourselves again – what to continue, and what to start from a scratch; how to clean up our spiritual backyard.