On 2 October 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, opened the Advanced Programme in Law and Economics at the Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL), which is a training programme for professionals from the Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The autumn semester of the Advanced Programme will bring together 32 professionals from civil society and academia representing 11 countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The three-month programme is implemented in Latvia. Besides visiting various Latvian public authorities and agencies, the participants will also make a week-long study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg to learn about the work of the European Union institutions.
The Advanced Programme is run by the Riga Graduate School of Law together with 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. From 2018 to 2020, the programme is implemented with financial support from the Government of the Kingdom of Norway.
The Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics was set up in Latvia in 2014. Then 2016 saw the launch of the Intensive Programme in European Law and Economics. The programmes are partly funded from the Latvian state budget for development cooperation policy. Contributions have also been provided by Norway, the United States of America, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
313 participants from 19 countries have completed the advanced and the intensive courses since 2014, with the view to applying their newly-acquired knowledge and experience for the promotion of growth in their home countries. A course in the Intensive Programme will also be implemented in 2019 with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United States government and the Swedish Institute.
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