On 2 November 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the annual Forum of European Union (EU) Information Providers, who gather for a discussion on EU-related issues of current importance. The event brings together participants from all over Latvia whose everyday task is to tell people about the European Union.
Contact persons in charge of EU information in the government agencies and local authorities, the EU Information Points (EUIP) and Europe Direct Information Centres (EDIC), heads of EU information networks, opinion leaders, the European Clubs at schools, the media, NGOs, and the private sector representatives will discuss this year’s focal points – Latvia’s interests in the European Union, the future of Europe and the upcoming European elections.
Remarks to the participants will be delivered by the Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, the Head of the European Parliament Office in Latvia, Marta Rībele, and the Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia, Andris Kužnieks. The President of the European Movement Latvia, Andris Gobiņš, will moderate the forum.
At the opening panel, Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission, Ilze Juhansone, will speak about challenges faced by the EU, its further development and Latvia’s interests. Information providers will have an opportunity to actively contribute to workshops and examine vital issues and proposals on today’s Europe, including populism, Brexit and the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.
In the run-up to the European elections on 25 May 2019, EU information providers will be given a presentation on ŠoreizEsBalsošu.eu (This Time I’ll Vote) platform.
According to the recent Parlemeter 2018 survey, 73% of people in Latvia feel that EU membership has benefitted their country. 27% of respondents agree that their voice counts in Europe. This opinion has grown by 6 percentage points since April.
The Forum of EU Information Providers has been taking place since 2008, and it is organised by the European Movement Latvia jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia and the European Commission Representation in Latvia. The forum aims at providing the latest information on EU-related matters and facilitating experience sharing among EU information providers.