Weekly Summary of News in Latvia

CURRENT LATVIA

9 - 16 October 2000
Wk. 42 / 2000 (371)


ESSENTIAL FOREIGN POLICY EVENTS

  • State Visit of the President of the Hellenic Republic to Latvia

  • Meeting of Co-operation Ministers of the Baltic and Nordic Countries in Riga

  • Latvia Supports EU Decision to Lift Sanctions Imposed on the FRY

GENERAL

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Participates in the European Conference against Racism and Intolerance

  • Defence Ministers Meeting of the Nine NATO Aspirant Countries in Bulgaria

  • Latvia and 11 Other EU Candidate Countries Become Members of the European Environment Agency

  • Prime Minister Reiterates Latvias Commitment to Complete the EU Accession Negotiations by the End of 2002 at the Latest

  • Co-operation with the Atlantic Treaty Association Discussed

SCHEDULED VISITS AND ACCREDITATIONS

 

HOME AFFAIRS

  • Latvian Ministry of Defence to Update Armed Forces, Increase Staff

  • Latvian Defence Minister Opens Air Force Information Centre in Riga

  • Prime Minister Appreciates UNDP Contribution to the Society Integration Process in Latvia

  • Latvia to Celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the United Nations Organisation

FROM THE CABINET OF MINISTERS

  • October 10, Session of the Cabinet of Ministers

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

  • Latvias LC A-/A-2, FC BBB/A-3 Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Stable

  • Industrial Production Output in Latvia Has Increased by 5.7%

  • Consumer Price Level in Latvia in September 2000

SOCIETY, EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SPORTS

  • Latvian Cyclist Romans Vainsteins Becomes World Champion

  • 4th Paralympic Games Begin in Sydney, Latvian Athletes Also Participate

  • Calendar of Arts Events


    ESSENTIAL FOREIGN POLICY EVENTS

    State Visit of the President of the Hellenic Republic to Latvia

    October 8 - 11, upon the invitation of the President of the Republic of Latvia, President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Constantinos Stephanopoulos arrived to Latvia on a state visit. The Greek delegation included Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Ms. Angeliki Laiou and Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Yannis Zafeiropoulos. The officials discussed bilateral co-operation, EU enlargement, security policy as well as other current foreign policy issues.

    The parties were unanimous that the relations between Latvia and Greece are excellent and there is mutual interest in developing closer co-operation. Mr. Constantinos Stephanopoulos expressed the support of Greece to Latvias integration into the EU and NATO. While focusing on European security policy matters, Latvias President Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga noted that Latvia considers it important to maintain peace and stability in Europe and it is testified by the participation of our state in peacekeeping operations in Europe.

    Mr. Constantinos Stephanopoulos voiced the readiness of Greece to develop defence co-operation with Latvia and to provide assistance in the process of integration into the European Union and NATO. It was noted during the visit that the bilateral co-operation between Latvia and Greece in the fields of economy and culture should also be expanded. The delegation of Greek entrepreneurs, accompanying the President of Greece, was considered to be a positive aspect in the establishment of economic contacts.

    Within the framework of the visit Mr. Constantinos Stephanopoulos also had a meetings with representatives of Latvias Greek community and the academic circles of Latvia.

    Presidents Press Service, State Chancery

     

    Meeting of Co-operation Ministers of the Baltic and Nordic Countries in Riga

    October 9 - 10, meeting of Co-operation Ministers of the Baltic and Nordic countries took place in Riga. The meeting was joined by representatives from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden as well as Aland Islands, Greenland and Faroe Islands. The officials discussed the strategy for further mutual co-operation that would be developed in the spirit of co-operation among equal partners with common interests. The Swedish representative reported on the priorities set by Sweden for the first six months of 2001 when Sweden will be the presiding country of the European Union.

    At the meeting the Baltic States presented a joint opinion proposing the following priority fields of co-operation: education and culture, promotion of social integration and development of information technologies, regional development and support to cross-border regional co-operation. Speaking to reporters following the meeting of the Co-operation Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Mr. Indulis Berzins expressed the belief that the Baltic Sea region may develop into one of the most important regions in Europe and even in the world in terms of IT development. The Minister pointed out that the five Nordic countries have achieved high development in the area of information technologies and the Baltic States also have good prospects in this field.

    MFA

     

    Latvia Supports EU Decision to Lift Sanctions Imposed on the FRY

    Latvia has adhered to the European Union decision of October 9, 2000 to lift the oil embargo and the air embargo imposed on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Cabinet of Ministers supported the decision on October 10. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared and submitted draft regulations on amendments to the Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers Nr. 173 adopted on May 11, 1999 On the Regime of Sanctions Imposed by the European Union on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for consideration in the next session of the Cabinet of Ministers on October 17.

    Latvia has adhered to the following statements by the European Union:

    • Message to the Serbian people: A vote for democracy in Serbia will be a vote for Serbia in Europe; Brussels, September 18, 2000,

    • Statement by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the elections in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; Paris and Brussels, September 28, 2000,

    • Declaration by the European Union on the FRY; Luxembourg, October 9, 2000.

    State Chancery, MFA

     

    GENERAL

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Participates in the European Conference against Racism and Intolerance

    October 12 - 13, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Mr. Indulis Berzins participated in the European Conference against Racism and Intolerance in Strasbourg, France.

    Speaking at the conference Mr. Indulis Berzins noted: Racism, xenophobia and intolerance represent the very anti-thesis of close co-operation and integration among the people of our nations, and to the goals of the Council of Europe, which organises the European conference on racism.

    I would distinguish between different levels of action for preventing and combating racism - the international, national, and society level. .. We believe that long-lasting solutions do not lie only in international treaties. Long-term answers cannot be ensured by legislative acts alone. Both aspects are necessary, but racism can truly be combated if these are complemented by effective policies at the society level.

    Starting from the re-establishment of our independence, Latvia has pursued a policy, which could be used elsewhere - the policy of integration. Recently, this policy was spelled out in a consolidated document - the state programme The Integration of Society in Latvia. It is based on common values, cultural pluralism and diversity, and respect for human rights. I believe that this is the basis on which effective measures against racism and related intolerance are possible.

    The Minister also voiced the opinion that education must honestly reflect one form of extreme intolerance that has left deep scars on our continent: anti-Semitism and its ultimate manifestation - the Holocaust. Educating about the Holocaust is the most effective tool we have to ensure that it never happens again.

    The conference in Strasbourg was the first of four regional preparatory conferences leading up to the World Conference; three others will take place in Santiago de Chile in December 2000, Dakar in January 2001, and Tehran in February 2001. The World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August 2001, organised by the United Nations.

    Intervention by Mr. Indulis Berzins, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia at the European Conference against Racism and Intolerance, Strasbourg, France, October 13, 2000: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/eng/news/speeches/IB/ib001013.htm

    European Commission against Racism and Intolerance: http://www.ecri.coe.int/

    MFA, Council of Europe

     

    Defence Ministers Meeting of the Nine NATO Aspirant Countries in Bulgaria

    October 12 - 13, the defence ministerial meeting of the nine NATO aspirant countries Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Romania was held in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson and representatives from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland took part in the meeting.

    This was the next highest-level meeting of representatives from the nine NATO aspirant countries following the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on May 18 19, 2000, when a closer co-operation process of the NATO candidate countries was launched.

    The Latvian delegation at the meeting included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence and it was led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mr. Edgars Rinkevics. As Latvias objective in the co-operation process of the nine countries is to develop fruitful practical co-operation, the delegation proposed several practical initiatives:

    • to conclude bilateral agreements on co-operation in defence sphere,

    • to conclude bilateral agreements on the mutual protection of classified information,

    • to convene a meeting of Commanders of the National Armed Forces of the NATO aspirant countries and interested NATO member states in Riga in June 2001.

    All the proposals presented by Latvia were supported and reflected in the final document of the meeting. The Ministers agreed to meet again in December 2000 within the framework of the defence ministers meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels.

    Chairmans summary of the NATO aspirant countries defence ministerial meeting, Sofia, October 12 - 13, 2000: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/eng/policy/security/1210Sofia.htm

    MFA

     

    Latvia and 11 Other EU Candidate Countries Become Members of the European Environment Agency

    9 October, the Final Acts of Membership of the European Environment Agency were signed in Brussels by representatives of the EU candidate countries in Central- and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean area and by Commissioner for Environment Ms. Margot Wallström on behalf of the European Community.

    On this occasion, the Executive Director of the Agency, Mr. Domingo Jimenez-Beltran, stated inter alia:

    This is a significant event, certainly for the Agency, as the first EU body open for enlargement, and moreover for the environment. This time it is environment that takes the lead and shows the way for others to follow. This step will foster progress towards more sustainable development for the new member countries and for Europe as a whole, i.e. 550 million people living in an area of more than 5.5 million square kilometres.

    Membership of the Agency means being able to:

    • influence Agency priorities through participation in the Management Board,

    • strengthen national and European information systems through full participation in the European Environmental Information and Observation Network, EIONET, building on the expertise already developed through the PHARE programme,

    • contribute to the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-makers and the public through the European Environmental Reference Centre,

    • participate fully in the assessment and reporting work of the Agency, transforming data into information of direct use for framing and implementing policies for the environment and sustainable development.

    European Environment Agency: http://org.eea.eu.int/news.shtml

     

    Prime Minister Reiterates Latvias Commitment to Complete the EU Accession Negotiations by the End of 2002 at the Latest

    October 13, at the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden Ms. Lena Hjelm-Wallen in Riga, Prime Minister Mr. Andris Berzins reiterated Latvias commitment to complete the EU accession negotiations by the end of 2002 at the latest. During the meeting the officials acknowledged that the good relations between Latvia and Sweden have entered a qualitatively new stage, as proved by the close mutual partnership in solving regional development, stability and security as well as the EU enlargement and economic co-operation issues.

    Mr. Andris Berzins informed Ms. Lena Hjelm-Wallen on Latvias accomplishments on the way to the EU membership and expressed gratitude for the assistance of Sweden in the field of justice and home affairs as well as in the society integration process.

    During the visit to Latvia Ms. Lena Hjelm-Wallen participated in the opening ceremony of the Swedish-Latvian Days in Cesis, central Latvia. The Swedish-Latvian Days were held within the framework of the Year of the Baltic States announced by the Swedish Government for the year 2000.

    State Chancery

     

    Co-operation with the Atlantic Treaty Association Discussed

    October 12, Mr. Indulis Berzins, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met Mr. Theodossis Georgiou, Head of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA).

    Mr. Berzins emphasised the great role of NGOs in informing the society and forming its attitude as well as the work of ATA participants at the developing of support to continued NATO expansion and admittance of the Baltic States to the Alliance in the next wave of enlargement. The officials touched upon the successful beginning of the work of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) as well as its involvement in international co-operation projects.

    The Head of the Atlantic Treaty Association briefed the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the main ATA objectives, work of participating organisations and planned events. The NATO expansion process was also discussed.

    MFA

     

    SHEDULED VISITS AND ACCREDITATIONS

    Planned visits abroad of the State Officials:
    October 15 - 18

    Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Indulis Berzins to the Czech Republic
    October 18 - 19
    Visit of President of the Republic of Latvia Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga to the Kingdom of Sweden (participation in the 5th Stockholm Conference on Baltic Sea Region
    Security and Co-operation)
    October 22 - 24
    Official visit of Prime Minister Mr. Andris Berzins to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
    October 24 - 25
    Working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Indulis Berzins to the Republic of Finland

     

    Foreign Officials:
    October 28 - 29
    Working visit of the EU Commissioner for Budget Ms. Michaele Schreyer
    November 2 - 3
    Working visit of First Deputy Minister and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Mr. Pavel Telicka
    November 5 - 6
    Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Mr. Eduard Kukan

     

    Foreign Ambassadors:
    October 9 - 26
    Visits of OSCE Head of Mission Mr. Peter Semneby
    October 17 - 18

    Farewell visits of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India Mr. Sushil Dubey
    October 17 - 19

    Farewell visits of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan Mr. Takeshi Fujii
    October 24 - 27

    Working visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland Mr. Patrick McCabe

     

    Accreditations:
    October 15 - 17

    Accreditation visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of New Zealand Mr. Christopher John Butler
    October 17

    Accreditation visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel Mr. Avraham Benjamin

     

    HOME AFFAIRS

    Latvian Ministry of Defence to Update Armed Forces, Increase Staff

    October 16, one of the priorities of the Latvian Ministry of Defence next year will be the modernisation of armed forces and improvement of administrative capacity as required by NATO. This statement was made by Minister of Defence Mr. Girts Valdis Kristovskis at a news conference where he presented newly-prepared explanations to the Ministrys budget for 2001.

    Out of 48 million lats allocated to the Ministry of Defence next year, 15.8 million lats will be spent on maintenance and modernisation of armed forces units, a 4.2 million lats increase from the previous year. Much attention will be paid to raising administrative capacity therefore the Ministry of Defence will add 24 new members to its staff, mostly in the NATO department.

    The total budget to be administrated by the Ministry of Defence next year will be 48.4 million lats, up by 5.4 million from the last year. The total defence expenditures of Latvia for 2001 will be 54.6 million lats, which accounts for 1.3% of GDP. The Government is committed to increase defence allocations up to 2% of GDP.

    BNS

     

    Latvian Defence Minister Opens Air Force Information Centre in Riga

    October 13, Minister of Defence Mr. Girts Valdis Kristovskis officially opened the Latvian Air Force Information Centre. The centre that would gather information about Latvias air space will be based in the premises of the Latvian Air Traffic company and will operate as a part of the Baltic Air Surveillance Network (BALTNET), a joint project of the three Baltic States.

    During the opening ceremony Mr. Kristovskis said that the opening of the Air Force Information Centre was a strong proof to Latvias movement towards NATO. The centre could not have come into existence without support by partnership countries, he added. In particular, the Minister of Defence noted assistance provided by Norwegian representatives in formation of the information centre.

    BALTNET is a joint project of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania aimed at acquiring, co-ordinating and transmitting air space surveillance information in order to create a uniform air space control system and improve co-operation between the air space surveillance and defence experts from the Baltic States.

    The implementation of the BALTNET got under way in spring 1997 and the project is joined by seven countries, including the three Baltic States, Denmark, Norway, Poland and the United States as well as by five countries in the observer status - Germany, Finland, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

    BNS

     

    Prime Minister Appreciates UNDP Contribution to the Society Integration Process in Latvia

    October 13, at the meeting with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Latvia Mr. Jan Sand Sorensen, Prime Minister Mr. Andris Berzins expressed appreciation for the significant contribution of the UNDP to the society integration process in Latvia.

    The Prime Minister noted that the work on the National Programme Integration of Society in Latvia is currently the most important long-term measure in forming a consolidated civil society in Latvia. The concise version of the Society Integration Programme was adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers on May 16, 2000 and the elaboration of the expanded version of the programme will be concluded soon as well. The draft law on Society Integration Foundation has also been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers. The Society Integration Foundation would attract local and foreign financial resources for implementation of projects in the field of society integration.

    Integration of society in Latvia: http://www.np.gov.lv/en/fjas/integracija.htm

    State Chancery

     

    Latvia to Celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the United Nations Organisation

    In October 2000 the United Nations will mark fifty-five years since its creation. A series of special activities by the UN family in Latvia are planned for the week of October 17 - 24, which will reflect the work of the United Nations system in Latvia.

    The events scheduled for the UN week include: meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) partners in Latvia An integrated UN approach to public health, UN Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) seminar for school directors The role of the school in preventing narcotics abuse, official opening of new joint UNESCO National Commission and UNICEF National Committee information centre and offices, launch of a UN Population Fund (UNFPA) catalogue for NGOs promoting gender equality in reproductive health, regional conference for cultural heritage experts Authenticity and historical reconstruction in cultural heritage, and several other activities.

    Contact information of the UN House in Riga

    Address:
    UN House
    21 Pils Str.
    Riga, LV 1167
    Latvia

    Phone: (+371) 7 503 600
    Fax: (+371) 7 503 601
    E-mail: un.house@undp.riga.lv
    http://www.undp.riga.lv/

    UN House in Riga

     

    FROM THE CABINET OF MINISTERS

    October 10, Session of the Cabinet of Ministers

    The Government has adopted the following decrees:

    • On the Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Portuguese Republic on Co-operation in the Fields of Education, Culture and Science and Technology,

    • On the Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Czech Republic on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information,

    • On Assigning Latvian Citizenship by Means of Naturalisation.

    Citizenship of Latvia has been granted to 284 naturalisation candidates, including 47 of their underage children.

    State Chancery

     

    ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

    Latvias LC A-/A-2, FC BBB/A-3 Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Stable

    October 10, Standard and Poors affirmed all ratings on the Republic of Latvia. These are:

    • single-A-minus long-term local currency issuer credit and senior unsecured debt ratings,

    • triple-B foreign currency long-term issuer credit and senior unsecured debt ratings,

    • A-2 local currency issuer credit and short-tem debt ratings, and

    • A-3 foreign currency short-term issuer credit rating;

    • the outlook remains stable.

    Latvias ratings are supported by its:

    • Fiscal flexibility afforded by a moderate general government debt burden. General government debt is estimated at 18.6% of GDP in 2000, and is likely to remain relatively stable in the medium term, as the general government deficit is expected to remain at about 3% of GDP in 2000 and decline thereafter.

    • Moderate external debt burden indicators, even after last years sharp rise. Public-sector gross external debt is estimated at about 32% of exports in 2000, after peaking at 37% in 1999. On a net basis, the general government continues to be a net external creditor. Total net external debt is estimated at 16% of exports in 2000.

    • Progressing international integration and advancing structural reforms. The prospect of EU accession remains an important anchor for government policymaking. Swift harmonisation of Latvian law with EU requirements and a stable macroeconomic environment support the countrys progress toward EU membership.

    The higher local currency rating reflects the governments modest general government debt and conservative monetary and fiscal management, which led to relatively low inflation and growing capital markets, with Treasury securities maturities lengthening.

    The outlook reflects the authorities strong commitment to fiscal consolidation, and the continuation of market-based reforms, which have gradually strengthened the countrys economy as shown by its ability to rebound quickly after the Russian crisis. These reforms will also facilitate the countrys ultimate integration into the EU.

    Standard & Poors press release: http://www.standardpoor.com/ratings/sovereigns/news/lativa101000.htm

    Standard & Poors CreditWire

     

    Industrial Production Output in Latvia Has Increased by 5.7%

    According to the Central Statistical Bureau, in August 2000 industrial production output in Latvia was worth 127.2 mln lats at current prices. Calculated in constant prices, industrial production output in August 2000 was 5.7% higher than in August 1999. Mining and quarrying decreased by 41.2% but manufacturing rose by 7.2% and electricity, gas and water supply by 0.7%.

    Compared with August last year, there were increases in August this year in the majority of industry branches. It should be noted, however, that in volume terms industrial output in August 1999 was one of the lowest in the previous year.

    Compared with July 2000, industrial production output in August 2000 rose by 9.0%. Mining and quarrying decreased by 34% but manufacturing increased by 10.0% and electricity, gas and water supply by 5.8%.

    Central Statistical Bureau

     

    Consumer Price Level in Latvia in September 2000

    Compared with August, the average level of consumer prices in Latvia in September 2000 rose by 0.1%. Prices for goods remained stable but prices for services increased by 0.2%. Compared with September last year, the increase in consumer prices was 2.2% (1.6% for goods and 4.2% for services).

    Central Statistical Bureau

     

    EXCHANGE RATES SET BY THE BANK OF LATVIA FOR OCTOBER 16, 2000

    1 ATS

    1 AUD

    1 BEF

    1 CAD

    1 CHF

    1 CZK

    1 DEM

    1 DKK

    1 EEK

    1 EUR

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    0.0388 Ls

    0.3280 Ls

    0.0132 Ls

    0.4080 Ls

    0.3550 Ls

    0.0151 Ls

    0.2727 Ls

    0.0716 Ls

    0.0341 Ls

    0.5334 Ls

    1 FIM

    1 FRF

    1 GBP

    1 ILS

    1 LTL

    1 NOK

    1 RUB

    1 SEK

    1 SKK

    1 USD

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    0.0897 Ls

    0.0813 Ls

    0.9100 Ls

    0.1490 Ls

    0.1550 Ls

    0.0664 Ls

    0.0221 Ls

    0.0623 Ls

    0.0122 Ls

    0.6190 Ls

    The exchange rates set by the Bank of Latvia: http://www.bank.lv/ValutuKursi/English/KVkursi/index.html

     

    INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL EXHIBITIONS

     

    October 18 - 21
    PACKAGING & PRINTING 2000
    , 3rd International Exhibition; Skonto Olympic Hall, Riga
    October 18 - 22

    HOUSE II 2000
    , 13th International Trade Fair for House and Flat Arrangement, Domestic Appliances; International Exhibition Centre, Riga
    October 28 - 29

    LATGALIAN GOODS 2000
    , 4th Regional Exhibition; Daugavpils Palace of Culture and Sports
    International and regional exhibitions in Latvia
    : http://sun.lcc.org.lv/engl/tradefairs.html | http://www.lda.gov.lv/foreignbuyers/tradefairs/ 

     

    SOCIETY, EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SPORTS

    Latvian Cyclist Romans Vainsteins Becomes World Champion

    October 15, Latvian cyclist Romans Vainsteins won the World Champion title in the mens 268.9 km road race in France. Romans Vainsteins covered the distance in 6 hours, 15 minutes and 28 seconds. 158 sportsmen, including two Latvian cyclists - Romans Vainsteins and Arvis Piziks, were taking part in the World Championship road race for professionals.

    BNS

     

    4th Paralympic Games Begin in Sydney, Latvian Athletes Also Participate

    October 12, the 4th Paralympic Games began in Sydney, with five disabled athletes from Latvia among the participants. The Paralympic Games were opened on October 12, while the various sports events will begin on October 18. Latvias athletes will take part in running, long jump, high jump, discus throw, and shot-put events.

    LETA

     

    CALENDAR OF ARTS EVENTS

     

    In Latvia:
    October 10 - 22

    Riga in Contemporary Art
    , exhibition of paintings and drawings; Gallery Ciris, Berga Bazars, 13/8 Marijas Str., Riga; phone: (+371) 709 22 89
    October 23 - November 7
    Life of the City
    , exhibition of paintings, graphic works, and sculptures; Gallery Melnais Balodis, 9 Kaleju Str, Riga
    October 26 - November 9
    Riga in Contemporary Art
    , exhibition of objects and installations; Gallery of the Latvian Artists Union, 35 11. novembra krastmala, Riga; phone: (+371) 722 89 97
    October 27 - November 10
    Riga in Contemporary Art
    , exhibition of works on paper; Gallery Bastejs, 12 Basteja Blvd., Riga; phone: (+371) 722 50 50

    Latvian National Opera
    Information on the repertoire of the Latvian National Opera and the possibilities of booking tickets on the Internet: http://www.opera.lv/ 

    Abroad:
    August 13 - October 21

    Exhibition Baltic Artists, Latvia represented by LN Womens League; Milch Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    September 19 - October 22

    Exhibition Batik and Painting on Silk, Nove Mesto Town Hall, 23 Charles Sq., Prague, Czech Republic
    October 17 - November 17

    Exhibition Latvia Returns to Europe - from Occupation to Freedom, National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
    October 2000

    Riga Dome Cathedral Boys Choir
    , 3rd tour in the United States (Boston, Washington, Rochester, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, Salt Lake City, Denver, Charlotte,Dallas, Largo); phone: +914 232 7438, http://www.parks.lv/home/BoysChoir/

     

    (For more information please contact the corresponding Embassy of Latvia)


    Information Bulletin "Current Latvia" is a compilation of news reports and press releases drawn from mass media and official resources. The material is primarily informative rather than representing the official policies of Latvia. Not all of the views published reflect the official position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.