LATVIA AND THE EU - Chronology of Relations

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LATVIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

Chronology of Events

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March – April

Latvia nominates candidates for the positions in the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Court of First Instance, Court of Auditors, as well as representatives to the European Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions.

24 March – 8 April

Political parties submit to the Central Election Commission their candidate lists for the first elections of the European Parliament

1 May

Latvia becomes the Member State of the European Union.

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5 November

European Commission releases Monitoring Report on the EU acceding countries.

30 October

The Saeima of the Republic of Latvia ratifies the Treaty of Accession to the European Union.

20 September

Latvia's citizens vote for Latvia's membership in the European Union in the referendum.

15 September

Latvia's Ambassador to the EU Andris Ķesteris submits the accreditation letter to the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi.

18 June

The 6th meeting of the EU-Latvia Association Committee takes place in Riga.

1 May

The ten EU candidate countries obtain the observer status at EU institutions. 9 MP's of Latvia become the observers at the European Parliament, while representatives of the government and ministries start taking part at the Council of the European Union meetings and working groups.

16 April

President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Prime Minister Einars Repše and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sandra Kalniete and Chief Negotiator for the Accession of Latvia to the EU Andris Ķesteris sign the Treaty of Accession on behalf of Latvia at the signing ceremony in Athens.

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13 December During the European Council in Copenhagen Latvia officially concludes accession negotiations with the European Union. The signing of the Accession Treaty is planned for 16 April 2003 in Athens. The date for EU accession has been set as 1 May 2004.

24 -25 November Extraordinary Brussels European Council confirms the EU's determination to conclude accession negotiations with 10 EU candidate states, including Latvia, at the Copenhagen European Council on December 12 – 13 and to sign the accession treaty in April, 2003

18 November EU General Affairs and External Relations Council decides on admitting new member states on May 1, 2004

9 October European Commission publishes the 6th and the last Progress Report recommending to conclude accession negotiations with Latvia by the end of 2002

12 June The National Progress Report of the Republic of Latvia is submitted to the European Commission.
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12 June The 5th meeting of the EU-Latvia Association Committee took place in Brussels.
11 June Negotiations at ministerial level on the accession of the republic of Latvia to the European Union took place in Luxemburg. Latvia closes the accession negotiations in chapters "Taxation", "Coordination of Regional Policy and Structural Instruments" and "Cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs"
22 April Latvia closes the accession negotiations in chapter "Telecommunications and Information Technologies"
19 February The 5th meeting of the EU-Latvia Association Committee took place in Brussels.
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21 December Latvia closes the accession negotiations in chapter "Transport Policy"
12 December Negotiations at ministerial level on Latvia's Accession to the EU take place in Brussels. The meeting affirmed the agreement reached earlier at the level of Chief Negotiators on closure of the negotiations in five chapters "Competition Policy", "Fisheries", "Environment", "Customs Union" and "Financial Control".
28 November Latvia closes the EU accession negotiations in three chapters: "Competition Policy", "Financial Control" and "Environment".
13 November The European Commission published the Regular Progress Report on each candidate country as well as the Enlargement Strategy Paper.
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26 October Latvia closes the EU accession negotiations in chapters "Customs Union" and "Fisheries"
29 June The National Progress Report of the Republic of Latvia is submitted to the European Commission.
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27 June Deputy level negotiations meeting on the accession of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union (EU) took place in Brussels. The negotiations in the chapter "Free Movement of Persons" were provisionally closed, and negotiations in the chapter "Cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs" opened.
13 June The 4th meeting of the EU-Latvia Association Committee took place in Riga.
12 June Negotiations at the Ministerial level took place in Luxembourg. Agreement on provisional closure of two more chapters "Freedom to provide services" and "Social policy and employment" was reached.
17 May "European Debates" in Saeima, Parliament of Latvia. Information on the Report Prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Implementation of the Strategy of the Republic of Latvia for Integration into the European Union.
17 May Negotiations at the level of Chief Negotiators on the accession of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union (EU) took place in Brussels. The negotiations in the chapters "Free Movement of Capital" and "Company Law" was provisionally closed, and negotiations in the chapters "Taxation" and "Financial Control" opened.
30 March Negotiations at the level of Chief Negotiators on the accession of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union (EU) took place in Brussels. Latvia launches accession negotiations on eight more chapters and closes two chapters: "Free movement of goods" and "Culture and audiovisual policy".
27 February The 4th meeting of the Latvia-EU Association Council took place in Brussels.
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6 February The 6th meeting of the Latvia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee takes place in Brussels.
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18 December Information on the Report Prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Implementation of the Strategy of the Republic of Latvia for Integration into the European Union.
18 December Nice European Council ratified Enlargement Strategy Paper of the European Commission.
21 November Negotiations at ministerial level on Latvia's Accession to the EU take place in Brussels. The Foreign Ministers decided to provisionally close the following negotiation chapters: "Economic and Monetary Union", "Industrial Policy", "Consumers and Health Protection" and "External Relations".
14 November Latvia's EU accession negotiations at the deputy level take place in Brussels.
8 November The European Commission published the Regular Progress Report on each candidate country as well as the Enlargement Strategy Paper. See also:
24 October Latvia's EU accession negotiations at the deputy level take place in Brussels.
18-19 September The 5th meeting of the Latvia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee takes place in Brussels.
13-14 September Meeting of the Chief Negotiators and senior officials of the EU candidate countries took place in Vilnius. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the European Commission and the French EU presidency.
3 July The National Progress Report of the Republic of Latvia is submitted to the European Commission. See also:
16 June The 3rd meeting of the EU-Latvia Association Committee took place in Brussels.
14 June The ministerial meeting of the Accession Conference took place in Luxembourg. During the meeting the officials confirmed the agreement reached during the meeting of Deputy Heads of Delegations on May 25.
25 May Latvia's EU accession negotiations at the deputy level take place in Brussels. Chapters "Common Foreign and Security Policy", "Statistics", "Education and Training", "Science and Research" and "Small and Medium-Sized Undertakings" are provisionally closed.
28 March Latvia's EU accession negotiation round at the deputy level takes place in Brussels.
15 February Official opening of the Intergovernmental Conference on Latvia's accession to the European Union took place in Brussels.
15 February The third meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Latvia took place in Brussels
9 February Saeima adopted the Strategy of the Republic of Latvia for the Integration into the European Union. See also:
31 January – 1 February The 4th meeting of the Latvia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee takes place in Brussels.
1999 back to TOP
10-11 December Helsinki European Council decides to open the accession negotiations with second-wave countries, including Latvia.
13 October European Commission published its Regular Report on all EU candidate countries. In Conclusions of the Report, the Commission recommends to start accession negotiations with Latvia. See also:
1 July The National Progress Report of the Republic of Latvia is submitted to the European Commission. See also:
16 June The 2nd meeting of the EU-Latvia Association Committee took place in Riga
Spring The second stage of the accession negotiations (the analytical phase of the aquis screening) is launched in Brussels.
22 February Second meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Latvia took place in Luxembourg
25-26 January The Third meeting of the Latvia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee takes place in Brussels.
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11-12 December Vienna European Council decides not to start accession negotiations with second-wave countries.
20 October The Cabinet of Ministers adopts Latvia's Strategy for Integration into the European Union. See also:
5-6 October The Second European Conference (on the Justice and Home Affairs).
September The European Commission published the Progress Reports on the candidate states. See also:
31 August The National Progress Report of the Republic of Latvia is submitted to the European Commission. See also:
2-3 June The Second meeting of the Latvia - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee takes place in Riga.
3 April The first stage of the accession negotiations (the analytical phase of the aquis screening) is launched in Brussels.
30 March The EU accession negotiations with the new candidate states are officially commenced. The European Commission submits The Accession Partnership to the candidate states. See also:
28 March The Cabinet of Ministers adopts The Third National Programme for Latvia's Integration into the EU (a National Programme for the adoption of the EU aquis).
12 March The first meeting of the European Conference (established by the Luxembourg European Council) takes place.
23 February The first meeting of a Latvia-EU Association Council (established by Latvia - EU Association Agreement) takes place in Brussels.
1 February The Europe (Association) Agreement between the EU and Latvia enters into force.
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December The Cabinet of Ministers establishes a Council of Senior Officials - a unit for the management and co-ordination of the integration process.
12 December The EU Council in Luxembourg decides to include all 11 candidate states in the EU enlargement process.
3 November A Joint EU - Latvia Parliamentary Commission holds the first meeting in Riga.
27 October The European Integration Council adopts the Second National Programme for Latvia's Integration into the EU.
26 August The Cabinet of Ministers adopts Memorandum Of the Government of the Republic of Latvia On Agenda 2000 - European Commission Opinion on Latvia's Application for Membership of The European Union and a Government Action Plan for the improvement of the integration process of Latvia to the EU.
26 June The EU Commission releases a document Agenda 2000, where the opinions on all the new candidate states, including Latvia, and recommendations on opening the accession negotiations are included See also:
16 June The intergovernmental conference completes its work and the EU Council in Amsterdam signs the new EU Treaty (The Amsterdam Treaty).
20 May A non-governmental organisation The Europe Movement in Latvia is established.
April A Mission of Latvia to the EU is established in Brussels, separating it from the Embassy in the Benelux states.
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18 December The Cabinet of Ministers approves the First National Programme for Latvia's Integration into the EU.
September The Cabinet of Ministers decides to establish a Translation and Terminology Centre.
26 July Latvia submits answers to the questionnaire to the Delegation of the European Commission.
April The European Commission submits a questionnaire of more than 2000 questions to Latvia in accordance with the Madrid EU Council conclusions.
2 April The first meeting of the Joint Committee of Latvia and the EU on the Free Trade Agreement takes place in Riga.
29 March The Intergovernmental conference starts work in Turin.
February The Cabinet of Ministers establishes the European Integration Council.
February A Delegation of the European Commission begins its work in Latvia.
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December The EU Council in Madrid asks the European Commission to prepare Opinions (Avis) on all the new candidate states and decides to summon an intergovernmental conference to prepare for the EU enlargement.
November A European Affairs Committee is established in the Saeima.
27 October The Government of Latvia submits the application of Latvia for the accession to the EU presiding state Spain.
14 October All the political parties of the 6th Saeima (Parliament) support the President's Declaration on the Integration of Latvia into the EU.
13 October The President and the Prime Minister sign an official application of Latvia for the accession to the EU.
26 June The EU Council in Cannes adopts The White Book for the harmonisation of the internal market legislation between the associated countries and the EU.
12 June A Europe (Association) Agreement between the EU and Latvia is signed. See also:
1 January The Agreement on Free Trade and Trade Related Matters between Latvia and the EU enters into force.
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December A Pre-accession Strategy of the new candidate states is ratified by the EU Council in Essen.
11 November The Cabinet of Ministers decides to establish a European Integration Bureau.
18 July An Agreement on Free Trade and Trade Related Matters between Latvia and the EU is signed, replacing the 1992 agreement.
9 May Latvia is admitted to the Western European Union as an Associated Partner (Luxembourg, Kirschberg declaration).
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5 August The Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the EEC On Fisheries Relations enters into force.
June The EU Council in Copenhagen agrees upon the EU accession criteria for the new candidate states (The Copenhagen criteria).
5 May An Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the EEC On Fisheries Relations is signed.
1 February The Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the EEC on Trade and Commercial Economic Co-operation enters into force.
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11 May An Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the European Economic Community (EEC) on Trade and Commercial Economic Co-operation is signed and followed by a political declaration.
1 January The Baltic states are included in the PHARE programme.
1991 back to TOP
27 August The European Commission recognises the independence of the Baltic states.