On 13 November, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, launched the autumn semester of the Intensive Programme at the Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL). The school is already in its seventh semester of delivering this programme in European law and economics.
In his remarks at the opening event, Andrejs Pildegovičs noted that by investing in young leaders we are also investing in the development of partner countries and our common European future. We hope, said the State Secretary, that knowledge gained in the course of the programme and lessons learnt from Latvia’s transition experience will benefit the students as they contribute to reform and eurointegration processes in their countries.
The State Secretary commended the work of the Riga Graduate School of Law on the implementation of the programme and thanked the donors for their support. Special gratitude was offered to the United States government and the Swedish Institute for financing the autumn semester.
During the next six weeks, 18 participants representing civil society and public administration in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine will receive education in Latvia. Alongside theoretical and practical training, students will also visit various government institutions and agencies in Latvia and make a study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg.
In previous semesters, the programme was co-financed from the Latvian national budget for development cooperation policy. Contributions have also been made by the United States of America, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Latvia has been successfully implementing the interdisciplinary programme in European law and economics since 2014. The programme is coordinated by the Riga Graduate School of Law. During the seven semesters, 163 students will have received education thereby acquiring knowledge and expertise to promote development in their home countries.
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