On 27 June 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, congratulated 46 young professionals from the European Neighbourhood Policy countries and Central Asia, who had completed the Advanced and Intensive Programmes in European Law and Economic at Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL).
In her address to the participants from partner countries, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica expressed hope that the course had enabled them not only to acquire new knowledge but also gain professional experience and establish working contacts for the future: “The programme has been devised to ensure comprehensive training for the partner country young professionals on the functioning of the European Union and to share Latvia’s expertise. At the same time, the programme also provides trainees from various countries with peer-learning opportunities.” The Parliamentary Secretary said she was happy that following the completion of the present semester, the alumni network of the programme would exceed 300 people.
The Parliamentary Secretary thanked the Governments of the United States and Norway for their financial contribution to the programmes, and the Riga Graduate School of Law and its partners – the University of Latvia, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, and the European Institute of Public Administration – for their professional input to the implementation of training.
During the implementation of the Advanced and Intensive Programmes this spring, 46 students representing the public administration, civil society and academic circles of ten countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan – as well as one participant from Latvia, received education in Latvia. The participants gained an insight into the functioning of the European Union and Latvia’s experience of transition and reform. Besides lectures and seminars, the students also visited public authorities in Latvia and made a study tour to EU institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg. This was the eighth semester of the Advanced Programme and sixth – of the Intensive Programme.
The interdisciplinary programmes in European Law and Economics have been successfully implemented in Latvia since 2014, and they are coordinated by Riga Graduate School of Law. The three-month Advanced Programme and the six-week Intensive Programme are part-financed from the development assistance policy funds earmarked in the budget of Latvia. Contributions have also been provided by Norway, the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. More than 300 students from the European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Central Asia and the Western Balkans have graduated from both programmes since 2014.
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