On 9 October 2019 in Riga, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde, during which the Ministers discussed bilateral relations, current issues for the European Union (EU), international relations and cooperation in international organisations.
Edgars Rinkēvičs offered thanks to Sweden for the excellently organised EU Arctic Forum, which took place in the Swedish City of Umeå on 3-4 October, and he also expressed gratitude to the Swedish Institute for its funding in support of the Intensive Programme in European Law and Economics run by the Riga Graduate School of Law.
Our region is linked by shared challenges and goals: climate change, digitalisation, innovation and security. It is essential in the context of Brexit that a close relationship be maintained between the NB8 region and the United Kingdom, said Edgars Rinkēvičs at the meeting.
Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs noted that Latvia and Sweden both are countries aiming to go climate-neutral by 2050, whilst emphasising the need for urgent climate action at the national and EU level.
The Ministers discussed the course of negotiations on the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework and EU enlargement. Edgars Rinkēvičs gave his perspective on an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU and underlined that the 27 EU Member States should remain united and prepare for all scenarios should the UK leave the EU after 31 October without an agreement with the EU.
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