[CL] Nr. 415, 13 - 20 August 2001

24.03.2004. 14:57

Weekly Summary of News in Latvia

CURRENT LATVIA

13 - 20 August 2001

Wk. 33 / 2001 (415)


FOREIGN POLICY EVENTS

  • German President voices understanding of Latvia's will to become a member of NATO
  • Latvia interested in finding itself higher in the scale of German foreign policy priorities
  • German Finance Minister: Germany will do everything to facilitate faster accession of the Baltic States to the EU
  • Baltic officials discuss elaboration of the NATO Membership Action Plan for the year 2002
  • Latvia establishes diplomatic relations with the Dominican Republic
  • Latvian Foreign Minister calls for a boost of positivism in Latvia-Russia relations
  • Regional co-operation perspectives between Latvia and Russia discussed
  • Latvian Minister submits the Draft Agreement on Mutual Abolition of Visas between Australia and Latvia
  • The Ambassador of Poland: The relations between Latvia and Poland should be deepened
  • Uzbekistan interested in Latvia's experience of political and economic reforms

HOME AFFAIRS

  • President greets participants of the 2nd World Latvian Scientists' Congress
  • Latvia ratifies Agreements on Social Security
  • Finance Minister praises progress in curbing contraband
  • Latvian Border Guard improves its technical equipment

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

  • On-line registration for the Baltic Sea Region e-Business Forum available
  • German Finance Minister praises Latvia's economic performance
  • Foreign trade of Latvia in January - June 2001
  • Foreign investments in capital of Latvian companies grow to 865 mln lats in Q1
  • Riga port handles 18.6% more in 7 months
  • Reconstructed Riga central railway station opened

SOCIETY, EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SPORTS

  •  Latvian capital's 800th anniversary celebration draws 1.5 mln people
  • Sculpture "Madonna on the Crescent Moon" returns to Riga
  • Silver one-lat coin "Millennium" recognised as the most innovative coin
  • Schumacher, Senna and Hakkinen's F-1s to be displayed in exhibition "AutoExotica 2001"

FOREIGN POLICY EVENTS 

German President voices understanding of Latvia's will to become a member of NATO

On 18 August 2001 Latvian President Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberga had a meeting with the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Johannes Rau who had arrived on a working visit to Latvia. Dr Vike-Freiberga noted with satisfaction that the German President had an opportunity to pay a visit to Latvia during the peak of Riga 800th anniversary celebrations.

The Presidents talked over the bilateral relations between Latvia and Germany. Dr Vike-Freiberga stressed that Germany is a very important partner to Latvia and that Germany has a great role in shaping of Europe's future. The Presidents underscored the contacts between the federal states of Germany and the local authorities of Latvia as a significant factor promoting expansion of the bilateral co-operation. Dr Rau voiced satisfaction over the fact that these contacts result in concrete projects for the good of the people of the two countries.

Speaking on the foreign policy priorities of Latvia the President accentuated Baltic co-operation and spoke in support of simultaneous invitation of all the three Baltic States to NATO. Dr Rau voiced understanding of Latvia's will to become a member of NATO. The parliamentarians that were part of the German delegation confirmed their determination to make every effort in order to secure support to the admission of the Baltic States to the Alliance. The parties also noted that the accession of Latvia to the EU would provide an additional impetus for even more active multi-level dialogue between Latvia and Germany.

Dr Vike-Freiberga highly appreciated the support of Baltic Germans to Latvia's development since regaining of its independence, as well as noted their contribution to the cultural, economic and social life of Latvia in the pre-war years.

Dr Rau invited the President of Latvia to pay a highest-level visit to Germany.

President's Press Service

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Latvia is interested in finding itself higher in the scale of German foreign policy priorities

On 17 August 2001 the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Indulis Berzins had a meeting with the delegation of the German-Baltic co-operation group of the German Bundestag headed by Dr Wolfgang von Stetten.

During the meeting bilateral co-operation perspectives and Latvian foreign policy priorities