On 13 April 2018, the European Union (EU) House in Riga will host the European Info Day entitled “European Vitamin”, which will be opened by Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as by Inna Šteinbuka, the Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia, and Marta Rībele, the Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia. In an interactive discussion with attendants, it is planned to look at the most valuable lessons learned about the EU over the past year, the most successful EU-related event, experiences and recommendations in EU communication, and next year’s EU-related activities.
In a panel discussion on the EU’s functioning in financial and economic matters and desirable changes to that field, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will share views with Krišjānis Kariņš, Member of the European Parliament, and Aija Zitcere, Director of the Financial Market Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance.
The Parliamentary Secretary will inform the audience about Latvia’s position on the EU multiannual budget for 2021-2027. The proposal of the European Commission for the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 will be published on 2 May. Following the publication, consultations will start between EU Member States. Latvia has defended its interests in a timely and active manner. As early as on 9 December 2016, the government approved the national position “On the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework after 2020”.
The event is organized by the European Movement in Latvia in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia and the European Commission Representation in Latvia. Participants are the providers of EU-related information: central and local government officials, policy makers, representatives from the Europe Direct information centres, EU information network leaders, opinion leaders, European Clubs in schools, and members of the media, NGOs and the private sector.
Thirty one EU Information Point coordinators from all over Latvia will also be represented among the participants. The European Info Day is one of the events where coordinators from Cēsis, Bauska, Dobele, Daugavpils, Kuldīga, Valmiera, Valka, Madona, Gulbene, Ventspils, Liepāja, Jūrmala, Riga and other Latvian cities and towns are introduced to issues high on the European Union agenda.
The Europe Direct information centres and the European Union information points are contact points to be found across the country that have helped people in Latvia to learn more about the EU, for example, on starting their business or going abroad to study.
The discussions during the event will be broadcast live by LETA and the EU House.
Since the beginning of 2016, the EU Info Day has been held every spring. Its aim is to provide the most up-to-date information on EU issues in an interactive way and to promote the exchange of experience of EU information providers. Besides, the European information providers’ fora have been taking place every fall since 2008.