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30 Sep 2014

State Secretaries to Meet at EU Institutions in Brussels

On 1 and 2 October, as part of preparations for Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, State Secretaries (the highest-ranking civil servants in each Ministry) will visit several EU institutions.  They will review the status of preparations and outline the work still to be completed before 1 January 2015 when Latvia takes over the Presidency. 

30 Sep 2014

Latvia’s Model of Bilingual Education Presented at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) is taking place in Warsaw, Poland, from 22 September to 3 October. The Latvian delegation is headed by Viktors Makarovs, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans, Head of the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the UN, OSCE and other international organisations in Vienna.

30 Sep 2014

Local Governments in Georgia are Briefed on Eastern Partnership Developments

On 29 September in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership Matters, Juris Poikāns, took part in the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP). In his address to the participants, the Ambassador highlighted the role and importance of local authorities for the Eastern Partnership policy.

29 Sep 2014

Latvian Foreign Minister: Decisions on EU Climate Policy Goals should be Fair To All

On 29 September in Brussels, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasised that to achieve the EU’s climate policy target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, the national targets should be fairly apportioned among the member states and the impact of the decision on individual member states has not yet been assessed, yet it is of a crucial importance.

29 Sep 2014

For the 12th Saeima Elections, 99 Polling Stations have been set up in 42 Countries

At a press conference on 29 September, Arnis Cimdars, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC); Inita Dzene, the Director of the Consular Department of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Andris Teikmanis, the Ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom, briefed the media on preparations for the elections of the 12th Saeima (Parliament) that are being held in Latvia and abroad on 4 October.   

29 Sep 2014

Latvia’s Foreign Minister to Take Part in the 29 September General Affairs Council

On 29 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs will head the Latvian Delegation to the meeting of the European Union’s General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels.

27 Sep 2014

Latvia’s Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Signs an Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Qatar; Meets with various Ministers, and discusses European and Global Security

On 26 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs attended various meetings in the margins of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.

27 Sep 2014

Latvian Official Appointed to UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Advisory Body

On 26 September, at the 61st Session of the Trade and Development Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Latvia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Raimonds Jansons, was re-appointed to the UNCTAD Advisory Body.

26 Sep 2014

The Foreign Ministry Informs Businesses about New Procedures on Issuance of Import Licences and Permits

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to draw the attention of businesses to new procedures for issuing licences and permits which will come into effect as of 1 October following the transition period as prescribed by the Cabinet of Ministers Decree No 331 of 7 July 2014.

26 Sep 2014

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sign an Air Services Agreement

On 25 September, in the margins of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Foreign Ministers signed the Latvia-UAE Air Services Agreement.

26 Sep 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs Supports Limiting Use of the Veto at the UNSC

On 25 September, at a high-level ministerial meeting in the margins of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs spoke out in favour of the initiative by France and Mexico that permanent members refrain from exercising their veto powers at the UN Security Council in cases of mass atrocities (en cas d’atrocités de masse), genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

25 Sep 2014

The Latvian Foreign Minister Speaks with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe about Safeguarding the Human Rights of Crimea’s Tatars

On 25 September, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in the margins of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.

25 Sep 2014

Latvian and Romanian Officials Discuss Eastern Partnership Issues

On 25 September in Riga, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Romania held consultations on the Eastern Partnership.

25 Sep 2014

A Conference on Migration and the Diaspora Will Take Place in Rīga During Latvia’s EU Presidency

On 25 September, at the University of Latvia, Latvia’s Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora, Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, opened a conference titled “Migrants and refugees – then and now” organized by the Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI).

25 Sep 2014

The Latvian Foreign Minister Addresses the United Nations Security Council (UNSC): “ISIL is a Threat to the Entire International Community”

On 24 September, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs continued his visit to New York City where he is taking part in events related to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. Minister Rinkēvičs addressed members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the issue of the acute and emerging threat posed by Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

24 Sep 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be Increasing its Dialogue with Businesses

On 24th September, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viktors Makarovs, took part in the conference “Business Risks in Russia” which was organised by the newspaper “Dienas Bizness”.

24 Sep 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs invites EU member states to provide support for the Reform Process in Ukraine

On Tuesday, 23 September, Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs began a visit to New York City where he will be participating in various events in the context of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.

24 Sep 2014

Latvia Strongly Supports Promotion of Leadership for Women and the Protection of Civil Society

On 22nd September, in the framework of the UN General Assembly, high-level events took place for member countries of the Equal Futures Partnership that supports opportunities for women, and Lifeline, a fund supporting civil society organisations. Latvia is actively using its membership in both initiatives in order to work for the goals of promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in Latvia and world-wide. During its upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Latvia will pay special attention to freedom of speech and freedom of the media, gender equality, and support for civil society.

24 Sep 2014

Diplomatic Corps in Latvia Visiting Kurzeme

On 24 September, resident and non-resident Ambassadors to Latvia will make a one-day trip to Kurzeme.

24 Sep 2014

Ambassador-at-Large Juris Poikāns Highlights the Role of Japan

On 23 September, the Ambassador-at-Large a.i., Juris Poikāns, in his presentation to a delegation from an association of Japanese entrepreneurs, Koken-kai, offered insights into Latvia's foreign policy priorities.

22 Sep 2014

A Seminar at the MFA: “Latvia’s Business Opportunities in the United Arab Emirates: Prospects and the Market Profile”

On 22 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), hosted a seminar entitled “Business Opportunities for Latvia in the United Arab Emirates: Prospects and the Market Profile”.

22 Sep 2014

Latvian Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans is Elected Vice-President of the IAEA General Conference

The Latvian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna, Bahtijors Hasans, was elected as Vice-President of the 58th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The General Conference is taking place in Vienna from 22 to 26 September.

22 Sep 2014

Latvia Supports International Efforts to Combat Terrorism including ISIL

Having closely analyzed events taking place in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks, Latvia is of the opinion that the terrorist group called “ISIL” (otherwise known as “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, as well as ISIS, or the so-called “Islamic State”), poses a serious threat to security in the wider region of the Middle East, and threatens allies and partners around the world, including Latvia.

22 Sep 2014

The Latvian Foreign Minister Meets with the Lord Mayor of London

On 22 September, the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London (who is also Head of the City of London Corporation). Lord Mayor Woolf is on a working visit to Latvia.

22 Sep 2014

Training for Latvian Consular Officers in Vilnius

From 24 to 27 September in Vilnius, consular officers of Latvia will gather for their annual training.

20 Sep 2014

The Foreign Ministry Praises the Creators of "The Underground Riga" Project

On 18 September, as part of the European Capital of Culture programme, a commemorative plaque honouring courageous individuals who saved Jewish lives was unveiled at Brīvības bulvāris 32. In this apartment building, a Latvian electrician Jānis Ozols and his wife Lilija concealed and protected Jews hunted by the Nazi regime during World War Two.

19 Sep 2014

Training Programme for the Eastern Partnership Region and Central Asia Launched at the Foreign Ministry

On 15 September, the State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, launched a training programme entitled “Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics for the Eastern Partnership Region and Central Asia”. The participants of the programme hail from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan will stay in Latvia until 5 December building up their knowledge of European law, economics and international affairs.

19 Sep 2014

Latvian Foreign Ministry Officials Discuss Preparations for the EU Presidency with Colleagues from Romania

On 18 September in Riga, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Romania held consultations on the upcoming Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. For the Latvian side, the consultations were chaired by the State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Romanian delegation was headed by the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary for European Affairs, George Ciamba.

18 Sep 2014

Latvia and Belarus Hold Consultations on the Eastern Partnership

On 18 September in Riga, officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Belarus held consultations on issues related to the development of the Eastern Partnership. The Belarusian delegation was headed by the Director of the Foreign Ministry’s European Cooperation Department, Denis Sidorenko, and the delegation of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by the Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership, Juris Poikāns.

18 Sep 2014

Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe Urges the Russian Federation to Withdraw its Troops from Ukraine

Latvia welcomes the decision made by the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe at their meeting on 17 September urging the Russian Federation to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine and refrain from any further military interference in Ukraine. In their decision, the Ministers’ Deputies also called upon the Russian Federation to use all its influence over the separatists in eastern Ukraine with a view to de-escalating tensions.

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