On January 9, a day after the official launch event of Latvia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will open the European thematic year with an address in the Latvian National Library. In 2015, the European thematic year is dedicated to development cooperation.
On Friday, January 9, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will meet President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Rīga.
Good evening all over Latvia! We Latvians, and all who live here in Latvia – have a tradition – we all make a wish on New Year's Eve. We all hope for a better life in the New Year. We all want to be happy. The year 2014 has been rich in stormy events in both Latvia and worldwide.
Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, congratulates Lithuania on its joining of the euro zone on 1 January 2015, thus strengthening and consolidating the peoples of all three Baltic States.
On Monday, December 22, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma met Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (Prime Ministers' Hall of the Cabinet of Ministers).
On Monday, December 22, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma participated in the meeting, which annually brings together the Ambassadors of Latvia, the heads of foreign diplomatic representations and international organizations.
On December 18, in Brussels, the Heads of State and Government called for immediate establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investments to fund growth of Europe, and for reaching an agreement on the most important tasks during Latvia's Presidency. Latvia has set a priority – to develop competitive, digital and engaged Europe.
Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations will visit Riga on Monday, December 22. During the visit he will meet Prime Minister Ms Laimdota Straujuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, as well as the Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament Ms Lolita Čigāne and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Mr Ojārs Kalniņš.
On December 16-17, the Heads of Government of 16 Central and Eastern European countries met in Belgrade (Serbia). This is already the third meeting of such cooperation format where the agreements are reached on specific cooperation projects. At this meeting the Belgrade's guidelines for future cooperation among 16 Central, Eastern European countries and China were adopted.
On Tuesday, December 16, in Belgrade, during the meeting with Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma stressed that Latvia appreciates Serbia's commitment and the accomplishments regarding the EU integration reforms, and encourages continuing the reforms.