Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica calls on the graduates of the Intensive Programme in EU Law and Economics from Ukraine and the Balkans to invest their knowledge in the development of their countries

21.12.2017. 21:55

On 21 December, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, congratulated the graduates from the autumn semester of the Intensive Programme in Law and Economics at Riga Graduate School of Law.

In her remarks, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica called on the graduates to use their newly acquired knowledge for the development of their home countries. The Parliamentary Secretary noted that the interdisciplinary programme was established in 2014 with the aim of providing students from partner countries with practical knowledge on the functioning of the European Union, sharing Latvia’s transition experience and building links between young leaders from various countries and regions. 

I hope that you are leaving Riga with new ideas that will enable you to see opportunities in any challenge you encounter in your future professional endeavours, said Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica.  

The Parliamentary Secretary also thanked Riga Graduate School of Law, the Swedish Institute and the US Government for supporting the autumn semester and other donors for their earlier support. She emphasised that the programme has contributed positively to the lives of more than 160 young professionals.

During the autumn semester, 18 students representing the civil society and public administration of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine, as well as a Latvian participant were trained in Latvia.

This the seventh semester of the programme in European Law and economics successfully implemented. The interdisciplinary programme launched in 2014 is part of development assistance provided by Latvia to the Eastern Partnership, Central Asian, Western Balkans and other countries. In the previous semesters, the programme has been supported form the Foreign Ministry’s budget for development cooperation and contributions by the USA, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.


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