On 3 October 2018, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, arrives in Latvia on a working visit. In a meeting with Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, developments in bilateral and regional cooperation will be discussed and opinions will be shared on matters of current importance in the security policy of the region and on the European Union’s agenda, with a special focus on the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework and cooperation with the United Kingdom after its withdrawal from the EU.
The Lithuanian Foreign Minister will also present a book as a gift to the People’s Bookshelf at the National Library of Latvia.
In an official ceremony during the visit, the Ministers will present the first Balts’ Award from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania for excellent achievements in research, fostering and strengthening of the Balts’ heritage. It is symbolic that the first award is being presented in 2018, when Latvia and Lithuania celebrate their centenary anniversaries.
The aim of the Balts’ Award is to recognize the excellence and achievements related to individual contribution and accomplishment in the promotion of Latvian-Lithuanian and Lithuanian-Latvian translations, teaching and enhancing the use of the Latvian and Lithuanian languages, research on the Latvian and Lithuanian tangible and intangible cultural and historic heritage, as well as investigative journalism on Latvian and Lithuanian history, culture and tourism.
The monetary value of the award is EUR 3000, contributed equally by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania.
The idea of the Balts’ Award was first put forward by the Latvian Foreign Minister and his Lithuanian counterpart on the Balts Unity Day, 22 September 2017.
Events for the media
12.00 – Book presentation ceremony at the national Library of Latvia, in the presence of the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs
Photo opportunity at the National Library of Latvia
12.40 – Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius arrive at the Foreign Ministry
Photo opportunity in the MFA lobby
14.40–15.00 – Foreign Ministers’ joint press conference (Languages: Latvian – Lithuanian)
Photo & Video opportunity
Venue: MFA Press Conference Hall (1st floor)
15.00–15.30 – Ceremony for the presentation of the Balts’ Award. Addresses by Latvian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers (Languages: Latvian – Lithuanian)
Photo & Video opportunity in the MFA lobby