This is an important year: for 15 years Latvia is a member of the European Union, for 5 years our currency is euro, and the European Parliament elections will be held on 25 May. For Latvia in these historic events, a crucial role was and will be for informed, knowledgeable and critically thinking society. In order to discuss the situation in Europe, on Friday, 12 April 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, K. Valdemara Street 3, Riga, the European Union information providers from all Latvia will meet at the forum of EU information providers “Let’s put the future puzzle together!”.
The event will bring together EU national and local government information and communication contacts, European Union information point (ESIP) employees, Europe Direct information centres (EDIC), EU network representatives, European clubs in schools, media, NGO, and private sector representatives and opinion leaders.
The Forum will be opened by Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marta Rībele, the Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Latvia, and Andris Kužnieks, the Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia.
Members will participate in the discussion on the benefits and challenges of Latvia in the European Union, chaired by the Professor Daunis Auers from the University of Latvia, with Valdis Zatlers, the President of Latvia between 2007 and 2011, Normunds Popens, the Deputy Director General in the Directorate General of Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, and the Professor Žaneta Ozoliņa from the University of Latvia.
Following that, Solveiga Silkalna, the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, will inform about the topical issues of Brexit, their impact on Latvia and Latvian nationals in Britain.
In the second part of the Forum, participants will participate actively in interest groups to discuss how to talk to the youth audience, who will vote for the first time this year, and how to talk about elections with Eurosceptics and those who do not show any interest in the European elections.
The European Union Information Providers Forum is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the European Parliament in Latvia and the representation of the European Commission in Latvia in cooperation with the European Movement in Latvia.