Riga, 27 November, 2014. – Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament will visit Latvia on 3-4 December, 2014 to discuss the upcoming Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with Latvian officials. The delegation will be led by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, for whom this will be the first visit to Latvia.
On Thursday, November 20, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the strengthening of Alliance's security and defence after Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the implementation of decisions of the Wales Summit, incl.
This year in the light festival “Staro Rīga 2014” the Cabinet of Ministers tells a story about the coat of arms of Latvia, thus allowing everyone to understand its importance and the way it was historically developed. This symbol was created at the beginnings of Latvia to unite the Latvian nation, and it is a powerful bearer of our identity.
On Friday, November 14, the representatives of the government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) held a meeting with Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee to discuss challenges and opportunities for NGOs during Latvia’s Presidency.
On Friday, November 14, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with the representatives of the Post-Program Surveillance Mission of the European Commission. During the meeting the sides discussed the economic trends in Latvia and current developments, as well as progress in implementing the structural reforms.
On Thursday, November 13, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission and discussed the cooperation during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On Thursday, November 13, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee to discuss current issues related to growth and employment in the European Union.
On Friday, November 7, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma together with Prime Ministers of Nordic and Baltic countries and UK, experts and entrepreneurs participated in the Northern Future Forum held in Helsinki. Within the framework of the Forum, the participants discussed the promotion of innovative entrepreneurship and competitiveness of the education system.
On behalf of the European Union, I would like to congratulate Laimdota Straujuma for being elected as Prime Minister of Latvia.
This year the coat of arms of Latvia will play the key role in the project of illumination of the Cabinet of Ministers' building in the festival "Staro Rīga". With the help of 3D animation both the history of the national symbol and the meaning of its elements will be told.