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20 Oct 2014

An Outstanding Belarusian Politician and Public Figure, Mihail Marinich, Passes Away

Mihail Marinich, an outstanding Belarusian politician, public figure, and former Ambassador to Latvia, passed away on 17 October 2014 at the age of 74. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mihail Marinich on this sad occasion.

20 Oct 2014

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría Congratulates Latvia on Adopting the “Public Persons Enterprises and Capital Shares Governance Law”

On 16 October, the Saeima (Parliament), in its final reading, passed the “Public Persons Enterprises and Capital Shares Governance Law”  in order to promote more effective governance of companies owned by the state and local governments.

18 Oct 2014

State Secretaries of the Baltic and Nordic Foreign Ministries to Meet in Tallinn

On 20 and 21 October, in Tallinn, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, will take part in the annual meeting of State Secretaries of the eight Baltic and Nordic countries (NB8). The meeting will cover the topics related to cooperation among the countries of the region, security, developments in Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership, and the energy sector.

17 Oct 2014

Foreign Ministry Hosts the Annual Conference on the Latvian Language in the European Union

On 17 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an annual conference on questions of multilingualism in the European Union, "The Latvian Language in the European Union: The Role of Sectoral Experts in the Drafting of the EU Legislation".

17 Oct 2014

Latvian Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs to Hold a Meeting of the “Friends of Georgia”

On 20 and 21 October, the meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council will take place in Luxembourg. On 20 October, in the margins of the Foreign Affairs Council, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will convene a meeting of the “Friends of Georgia” with the participation of the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze; the Deputy Foreign Minister, Tamar Beruchashvili; Foreign Ministers from the European Union member states; and representatives from the European External Action Service.

17 Oct 2014

Training for Latvian Consular Officers to Take Place in Turkey

From 22 to 25 October, consular officers of Latvia who work outside the Schengen Area will gather in Istanbul for their annual training.

16 Oct 2014

At a Meeting in Vienna, Latvia’s OSCE Representative, Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans, Presents Latvia's Position on a Musical about Herberts Cukurs

On 16 October, the Latvian Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans addressed a regular meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. He said in his address that Latvia is a democracy and it safeguards freedom of speech but, nevertheless, the Latvian Government considers it necessary to express its position on a theatrical production about Herberts Cukurs.

16 Oct 2014

Latvia and Slovakia Hold Political Consultations

On 16 October, the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs met with the State Secretary of the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry of the Slovak Republic, Peter Javorčík, who was in Latvia on a working visit.

16 Oct 2014

The Latvian Foreign Minister Discusses Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine, and Human Rights Violations Against Crimean Tatars, with Astrid Thors, the OSCE HCNM

On 16 October, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), Astrid Thors. During the meeting, the Minister described the policies related to national minorities and integration of society.

15 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: Changes to the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement are Unacceptable

On 15 October in Rome, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs spoke at the informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Trade. The Minister emphasised that it was necessary to continue working on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the EU and the United States (TTIP). Mr Rinkēvičs highlighted the importance of including provisions on energy in the agreement and the alignment of standards in the EU and the US on public procurement.

15 Oct 2014

Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: During its EU Presidency, Latvia will be Supporting Progress with EU-US Trade Negotiations

On 14 October in Rome, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman to discuss the EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP).

15 Oct 2014

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities to Visit Latvia

On 15 and 17 October, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors, will be in Latvia on an introductory visit.

15 Oct 2014

Political Director Eduards Stiprais Stresses the Importance of the French Language in International Relations

On 15 October, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Political Director Eduards Stiprais met with Nelly Porta, the Coordinator of the French Language in Diplomacy and Public Administration Programme run by the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

15 Oct 2014

EU Imposes Tougher Measures To Deter Tax Evasion

On 14 October in Luxembourg, the EU Ministers of Finance agreed on extending the scope of information exchange on income thereby reducing the ways in which to evade the paying of taxes. An agreement was also signed with Switzerland to remove a number of its special tax regimes. The Ministers also adopted conclusions on measures to support investment in Europe, debated a proposal to restructure the taxation of energy products and electricity, and took note of the ongoing work regarding the preparation of implementing legislation on financing the bank resolution mechanism.

15 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: the Position of the Latvian Government is Crystal Clear – Performances about Cukurs Should be Condemned

“While we may have the right to say and do what comes to mind in line with principle of freedom of speech, in my opinion, no matter what caused people to speak well of Cukurs in the 1930s, his participation in the Arajs Komando, whatever role he had in it, leads me to conclude that there can be, in no way, a basis for singing eulogies about him. I’d sooner say that this kind of production is not in good taste and, from my point of view, cannot, in any way, be supported” said the Minister.

13 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Take Part in the Informal EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting on Trade

On 14 and 15 October, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the European Union's informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) in Rome, Italy.

13 Oct 2014

State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs Meets with the Ambassador of Chile to Latvia

On 13 October, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the new Ambassador of Chile to Latvia, José Goni Carrasco, who is in Latvia for his accreditation.

13 Oct 2014

The Latvia-Alanya Business Forum Takes Place on October 29th

On 29 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia will organize a business forum aimed at promoting contacts between Latvian and Turkish companies thereby facilitating business cooperation and export of goods and services from Latvia.

13 Oct 2014

Journalists from the National TV of Moldova Visit Latvia

Between 6 and 9 October, journalists from Moldova 1, the national Moldovan television channel, stayed in Latvia to produce videos about Latvia's experience after 10 years of EU membership, and Riga as a European capital of culture.

11 Oct 2014

Upcoming Annual Conference on Latvian Language in the EU

On 17 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host an annual conference on multilingualism, "The Latvian Language in the European Union: The Role of Sectoral Experts in the Drafting of the EU Legislation". The conference will address issues related to translation and interpretation in EU institutions.

11 Oct 2014

Latvia and New Zealand Meet for Political Consultations

On 10 October, the Political Director of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Eduards Stiprais, met with Ian Alexander Hill, Divisional Manager - Europe, at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who was in Latvia on a working visit.

10 Oct 2014

Opening its Doors to the Public, the Latvian MFA Generates Keen Interest

October 10th is “Open Doors Day” for governmental institutions across Latvia. Open Day events organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs drew 250 young people from schools in Riga as well as from various other cities and towns in Latvia. Members of the general public of all ages were also welcome.

10 Oct 2014

Latvia and Ecuador Signs Foreign Ministry Memorandum of Understanding

On 10 October, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Ambassador of Ecuador to Latvia, Mario Guerrero Murgueytio, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Procedure for Political Consultations on Issues of Mutual Interest between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

09 Oct 2014

Latvia’s Foreign Minister Meets with the New Ambassador of Turkey

On 9 October, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the new Ambassador of Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Latvia, Mr Hayri Hayret Yalav.

08 Oct 2014

The Latvian Government Approves Contributions for Various International Organisations

On 7 October, on the basis of recommendations from the Foreign Ministry, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers agreed on the following list of contributions to international organisations: the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; the Freedom Online Coalition; the International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims; the European Foundation for Democracy; Lifeline: Embattled Civil Society Organizations Assistance Fund; and the International Atomic Energy Agency". Contributions are made to ensure Latvia's support to the operations of these institutions, and to meet international commitments.

07 Oct 2014

Latvians Abroad actively take part in Voting during Latvia’s Parliamentary Elections

Latvian citizens abroad have actively participated in the 4 October election for the 12th Saeima (Parliament), casting their votes at 98 polling stations in 41 countries across the globe.

07 Oct 2014

Latvia to Provide Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq

On 7 October, the Cabinet of Ministers approved 50,000 euros in humanitarian aid for internally displaced persons in Iraq, drawn from the Foreign Ministry’s current budget programme for contributions to international organisations”.

07 Oct 2014

The Foreign Ministry Pays Tribute to Niels Dahlmann for his Personal Contributions and Loyal Service

Niels Dahlmann passed away on 2 October 2014. He was born on 22 October 1937.


07 Oct 2014

The State Secretary Discusses Cooperation with New Zealand

On 6 October, the  State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, met with the Ambassador of New Zealand to Latvia, Peter Rodney Harris, who is in Latvia for his accreditation.

 


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