Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica calls on young professionals from European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Central Asia and the Western Balkans to promote positive change and international cooperation

20.12.2018. 21:20

On 20 December 2018, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, congratulated 57 young professionals from the European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Central Asia and the Western Balkans on graduation from the Advanced and the Intensive Programmes in European Law and Economics at the Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL). In 2018, the Intensive Programme was partly financed from the development cooperation budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Parliamentary Secretary noted in her address to the new graduates: “By investing in the knowledge of young professionals from partner countries, we are investing not only in the development of those countries but also in our common future. It is our hope that this training will give you added confidence to be agents of change back home and champions of international cooperation!”

The Parliamentary Secretary offered gratitude the Norwegian Government and the Swedish Institute for their financial support for the programmes, and she also thanked the Riga Graduate School of Law and its partner institutions – the University of Latvia, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the Latvia Foreign Policy Institute, and the European Institute of Public Administration – for long-standing contribution to the implementation of the programmes.

Under the Advanced and Intensive Programmes, 57 students representing civil society, public administration and academic communities of 18 countries – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Serbia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan – received education in Latvia this autumn.

In the course of the programme, students gained an insight into the functioning of the European Union and explored Latvia’s experience of transition and reform. In addition to lectures and seminars, the participants also visited Latvian public authorities and made a study trip to the European Union institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg. This was already the seventh semester of the Advanced Programme and the fifth semester of the Intensive Programme.

Background information

Interdisciplinary programmes in European Law and Economics have been successfully implemented in Latvia since 2014. The programmes are coordinated by the Riga Graduate School of Law. The three-month Advanced Programme and the six-week Intensive Programme are partly co-financed from the Latvian national budget for development cooperation. Contributions have also been made by the United States, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. More than 267 participants from the European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Central Asia and the Western Balkans have completed both programmes since 2014.


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