On 9 May, we will celebrate Europe Day for the eleventh year since Latvia joined the European Union. This year, a new tradition is being introduced. The European Commission Representation, the European Parliament Information Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of EU Member States invite people to celebrate Europe Day together and are organising an Open Doors Day on 9 May. The offices of the participating institutions open their doors to the public from 11.00 to 15.00.
Europe Day at the Foreign Ministry will be launched by the Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica; the Ambassador of Lithuania, Ričardas Degutis; the Head of the European Commission Representation, Inna Šteinbuka; and the Head of the Europe Movement in Latvia, Andris Gobiņš. An exhibition entitled “Independent Stories” will be opened, featuring unique depictions of 28 EU Member State flags created by Lithuanian artists.
This will be followed by a meeting with popular people pursuing creative careers in Latvia who are acting as goodwill ambassadors of the European Year for Development. The musician Kārlis Kazāks, and the journalists – Sandijs Semjonovs, Kārlis Lesiņš and Dāvis Landorfs – will share their experiences of expeditions to Sri Lanka, Malawi, Guinea Bissau and other exotic countries involved in development cooperation. The first public screening with scenes from their most recent films and documentaries will also take place.
Those interested in history will enjoy an exhibition produced by the Foreign Ministry experts and their presentation about Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, Latvia’s first Foreign Minister, and the history of diplomatic service. A room named in honour of the prominent statesman and diplomat, Kārlis Zariņš, with its collection of historic objects and documents will also be open, and this will be a rare opportunity to see it.
A recently arranged touring exhibition on the results of Latvia’s development cooperation will illustrate Latvia’s involvement and contribution to the EU’s international policies. Officials from the Consular Department will inform visitors about possibilities for receiving assistance from the Foreign Service, as well as about the Travel Safe mobile application and keeping safe and avoiding risks during travel abroad.
The Representation of the European Commission in Latvia and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia will offer visitors creative and entertaining activities at the Europe House (Eiropas māja). A creative workshop, The “Trip of Musical Instruments”, will be organised for kids. To test knowledge about the EU, there will be a quiz with prizes for the best results. In addition, the visitors will have an opportunity to present their vision of Europe on special postcards that will later be presented to the official guests of the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council to send home from Riga. Adults and kids will assemble an EU map puzzle, and play a guessing game about traditional foods, cities and famous people from EU Member States.
The Embassies of Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden kindly invite the public to visit their representations, learn interesting and useful information about their countries. This will be an exceptional opportunity to visit territories of other states, without leaving Latvia. Every Embassy has prepared something special for its visitors. Themed exhibitions, demonstrations of documentary and feature films, opportunities to receive information on education and academic exchange programmes, performances by popular music groups, or tasting of traditional foods. Staff at the embassies will be available to answer visitors’ questions, and guests at the Swedish and Estonian embassies will have the opportunity to meet the Ambassadors from these countries in person.
The organisers request the visitors to carry their IDs when arriving for an event.
For the attention of the media
Members of the media are warmly welcomed to attend the open doors events. They may be asked to show proof of identity.
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