On 2 September, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš presented letters of credence to the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of India, Aivars Groza.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs welcomes the decision by NATO’s North Atlantic Council to accredit the NATO Centre of Excellence for Strategic Communications in Riga. There are plans to highlight the centre's creation and its importance at the forthcoming NATO summit due to take place on 4 and 5 September in Wales, the UK.
On 1 September, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the meeting of the EU ministers’ Group for the European Action of Moldova [Le Groupe pour l'Action Européenne de la République de Moldova], which was held in Chisinau, Moldova. The ministers voiced strong support for Moldova's aspirations of integration with the European Union and discussed putting into practice the EU-Moldova Association Agreement signed on 27 June.
On 1 September, the National Activity Plan for the next European Year was submitted to the European Commission Representation. The year 2015 has been designated as the European Year for Development, and the theme of development cooperation will be highlighted. The programme was prepared by the Latvian Foreign Ministry and the association, “Latvia’s Platform for Development Cooperation” (Latvijas platforma attīstības sadarbībai), involving representatives from non-governmental organisations and the public and private sector. The Foreign Ministry appreciates the keen interest from organisations and institutions and their active participation in drafting the programme. The Foreign Ministry also called for further close cooperation in the process of implementing the programme.
The Embassy of Latvia has started work in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Head of Mission, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Rūdolfs Brēmanis. The Latvian Embassy will temporarily be located in the premises of the Danish Embassy. Launching this Embassy will facilitate the bilateral political dialogue between Latvia and the UAE and take it to a new level. The Embassy also offers new opportunities for Latvian businessmen to get support in the UAE markets, as well as receiving basic consular assistance.
The Foreign Minister of Latvia to Take Part in the Meeting of the Group of EU Ministers Supporting Moldova’s European Integration
On 1 September in Chisinau, Moldova, Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Foreign Minister, will take part in a meeting the European Action Group for Moldova - an informal group of EU Ministers supporting Moldova’s European integration.
At the end of August 2014, with the support and assistance of the Honorary Consuls of Latvia, mobile passport workstations were set up in Australia and New Zealand. This mission was organized by the Foreign Ministry and the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.
Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Calls on EU Member States to Ensure International Support for Crimean Tatars
On 29 and 30 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the Informal Meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers in Milan. The Ministers discussed developments in Ukraine, the way forward with Russia, the Middle East Peace Process, and the situation in the EU's southern neighbourhood.
On 28 and 29 August, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Milan, Italy. During the meeting, ministers discussed possibilities for further enhancement of the functioning of the EU.
Latvia condemns the invasion of Ukrainian territory by armed forces of the Russian Federation.
EU Statement on the Violation of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation and the Situation in Ukraine
OSCE Special Permanent Council Nr 1014
On 27 August, the “Central Family Court” of the United Kingdom held a hearing in the case of the adoption of the daughter of a Latvian citizen, Laila Brice. The Ambassador of Latvia to the UK, Andris Teikmanis attended the hearing as an observer. The Embassy is satisfied with the court’s decision to refer the case to Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, which has the competence, inter alia, to refer the case to a Latvian court.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to Take Part in the Informal Meeting of the European Union General Affairs Council in Milan
On 28 and 29 August, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will take part in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Milan, Italy. The ministers intend to discuss the functioning of the EU, the ways to increase the effectiveness of the work by the EU Council’s configurations, and the implementation of EU strategic priorities.
On 28 and 29 August, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, will take part in an Informal Meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers (Gymnich), held as part of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Transporatation services for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be provided by BMW Group and Inchape BM Auto. Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs announced this at the press conference on Wednesday, 27 August, naming the the first official partner of the Latvian Presidency.
On 25 August, during his official visit to the Republic of Albania, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, and Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati.
On 26 August, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will go on an official visit to the Republic of Albania.
Government urges to strengthen the national minorities’ sense of belonging to Latvia (State Chancery)
On Tuesday, August 26, the government familiarised itself with the results of the national minorities’ survey “Sense of Belonging to Latvia” and assigned the line ministries to prepare proposals for the provision of the Latvian language training free of charge, for enhancing the motivation to obtain the Latvian citizenship, solutions to information availability in the Latgale region, for more efficient government communication that encourages the sense of belonging, as well as other measures contributing to community cohesion.
On 25 August, during his official visit to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Gjorge Ivanov, the President of Macedonia, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki.