On April 29, 2019, the Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia H. E. Mrs. Gunta Pastore together with the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania H. E. Mr. Edvilas Raudonikis opened a conference “Czech Baltistics 1918–2018”.
The Latvian Ambassador expressed her satisfaction the conference takes place on the occasion of the Baltic States and Czechoslovakian century of independence. G. Pastore told the ties between Czech and Latvian nations are much older, especially because of the Herrnhutian movement from the 18th century or because of the reform of Latvian language orthography in 1908 for which the Czech language served as a model.
G. Pastore highly praised contemporary studies of Baltistics in Czechia: “Both Charles and Masaryk Universities may be proud of their prominent Baltistic researchers. Latvian language, history and culture is taught here as well as are being developed methods for learning of Baltistics. Baltic studies are available in Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes”.
The Ambassador particularly thanked the Head of the Baltic Studies Seminar at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University Mgr. Pavel Štoll, Ph.D., doc. PhDr. Luboš Švec, CSc., the Head of the Baltistics at the Masaryk University doc. Mag. Vaidas Šeferis, Dr. phil., doc. dr. hist. Kristīne Ante, doctoral student Naďa Vaverová and others: “You are those who build bridges between our nations and our people”.
On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia H. E. Mrs. Gunta Pastore gave the newly released Latvia's National Encyclopedia to the Baltic Studies Seminar at Charles University.