On 19 January, the European Union House in Riga hosted an event to mark the launch of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the event, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, expressed support for the efforts of the Maltese Presidency to strengthen the EU.
The Parliamentary Secretary noted in her remarks to the audience that it is important for Latvia that the unique model of European cooperation be preserved and enhanced, and the link restored between the European project and citizens of the European Union.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica recognised that during this semester it will be essential not only to follow up on the work of the Slovak Presidency and endorse initiatives essential for people in the EU, but also agree on how to jointly build a future European Union. The European Union must be consolidated at the member state level, creating a common understanding of how to move forward, the Parliamentary of the Foreign Ministry said, while stressing that people’s trust in the European project should be restored.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Maltese Republic to Latvia, Charles L. Mifsud, presented the overarching priorities of the Maltese Presidency: addressing migration issues, enhancement of the Single Market, promotion of security, restoring citizens’ trust in Europe, development of Europe’s Neighbourhood, and implementation of a responsible maritime policy.