On 28-29 November 2019, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, represented Latvia at an informal meeting for State Secretaries and Directors General of the Foreign Ministries of the European Union (EU) Member States in Zagreb, Croatia, at which Croatia, the incoming EU Presidency, presented its priorities. In the course of the event, representatives of the European External Action Service, the European Commission and Member States shared views on the EU’s role and its policies in the areas of transport, energy and digital connectivity, as well as discussing human resources management in the EEAS.
In a discussion on the role of the EU and the action required to strengthen the EU’s connectivity policy, Andris Pelšs underlined that specifically in the area of transport connectivity, the priority for Latvia is successful implementation of the Rail Baltic project, whereas in the energy sector, it is vital to be connected to the Central European power grid. It is important that these projects be regarded as EU-scale priorities in terms of both resource allocation and political attention. The participants also discussed projects that are important for the development of Latvia’s transport sector to extend its reach beyond Europe. It is of special importance to develop connections with countries in the EU’s neighbourhood as well as the sizeable Asian markets.
It is noteworthy that in the area of digital connectivity at the EU level already, one can see the implementation of almost all initiatives launched during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. At this point, the focus should be placed on the 5G networks and artificial intelligence.
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