14.08.2018
State Chancellery

Latvia and Estonia to hold the first joint government meeting

On Tuesday, 21 August, Latvian and Estonian governments will meet at the National Library of Latvia in Riga to discuss issues of common interest for both neighbouring countries. The first joint meeting of both governments in Riga will mark the 100 years since establishment of Latvian and Estonian states.

Working sessions of the joint meeting between both governments, chaired by Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, will focus on regional cooperation between Latvia and Estonia, strengthening of regional security, joint implementation of regional energy and transport infrastructure projects. In addition, promotion of digital connectivity and other issues related to boosting of growth and convergence within the EU will be discussed.

Latvian and Estonian interior ministers plan to sign the intergovernmental agreement for sharing of population register data during the meeting.

Joint government meeting will be followed by a book donation ceremony. During the ceremony, cabinet members of the Estonian government will donate books to the People’s Bookshelf of the National Library of Latvia.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of Latvian and Estonian Language Promotion Award (Languages Award), a prize established by foreign affairs ministries of both countries.

Bound by shared regional interests at the Baltic Sea level and close partnership within the EU and NATO, Latvia and Estonia are engaged in an enhanced political dialogue. Close collaboration between line ministries, local governments, business communities and non-governmental sector of both countries spans across multiple areas.

Indicative agenda:

12:30

Estonian PM and cabinet members arrive at the National Library of Latvia (LNB)

Atrium, ground floor

 

Media: TV, photo, press opportunity

Media are required to arrive before 12:00

 

14:15-14:25

Latvian-Estonian joint government meeting: opening of the working session LNB, Panorama Hall, 11th floor

 

Media: TV, photo, press opportunity during the opening statements by the Prime Minister of Latvia Māris Kučinskis and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.

 

Media are required to arrive before 13:55

 

16:45-16:50

Signing of the Agreement for Sharing of Population Register Data between the Government of Latvia and Government of Estonia

LNB, 1st floor

 

Media: TV, photo, press opportunity

 

16:50-17:10

Joint press conference of Latvian and Estonia PMs

LNB, 1st floor

 

Media: TV, photo, press opportunity

Media are required to arrive before 16:20

 

17:10-17:20

Book donation ceremony

People’s Bookshelf, LNB, 1st floor

 

Media: TV, photo, press opportunity

 

17:20-17:55

Presentation of Latvian and Estonian Language Promotion Award

Atrium, ground floor

 

Media: TV, photo, press opportunity

 

 

To participate, all media (including media already accredited by the Cabinet of Ministers) must register in advance, no later than 17th of August, 17:00, and email their name, surname, personal ID code and affiliation to prese@mk.gov.lv.

To enter the venue, media representatives must present a valid ID, a passport or an ID card. Please note that personal data will be processed only for the purposes of this event. Event data will expire at the end of the event on the 21st of August.

 

Sabīne Spurķe
Press Secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers
Phone: (+371) 6708 2919, mobile: (+371) 2060 4166
E-mail: sabine.spurke@mk.gov.lv 

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