On 2 December 2019, Directors General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the three Baltic States and France met in Riga to discuss the European Union-related issues of current importance. The Latvian delegation was headed by the Under Secretary of State for European Affairs, Astra Kurme.
The consultations addressed the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027. The participants were of one mind about the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy and the support needed for rural development. Representatives from the Baltic States underlined the necessity for retaining appropriate funding for the Cohesion Policy as well as ensuring funds to carry through the Rail Baltica project.
The Baltic States and France are united on the setting of the EU’s climate goals. It was underlined in particular that EU financing should be ensured for the climate policy and that a common EU position should be reached on achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
The participants also discussed the single market, industrial policy, rule of law, EU enlargement, as well as European security and defence cooperation and Europe’s future.
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