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24 Oct 2014

Declaration Signed on Cooperation in Communications During the Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 24 October, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, signed a Declaration with the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia on cooperation in the communication of the European Union matters during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

24 Oct 2014

The Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Israel Hold Political Consultations

On 23 October, the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Israel convened for political consultations in Riga. The delegation of Israel met with the State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs, Political Director Eduards Stiprais, the Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate, Einars Semanis, and the Deputy Director of the European Union Coordination Department, Rūta Radiņa.

24 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs Encourages Turkey to Proceed with Reforms Related to EU Integration

On 23 October, in the margins of the official visit to Latvia by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Volkan Bozkir. Edgars Rinkēvičs said that Latvia maintains a successful bilateral dialogue with Turkey and supports Turkey’s integration into the European Union. The new European Commission taking office, which actually coincides with the start of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, also signals new opportunities in EU relations with Turkey.

24 Oct 2014

Foreign Ministers of Latvia and Turkey Highlight the Importance of the Eastern Partnership and Closer Relations with countries of Central Asia

On 23 October, Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. At the meeting, Foreign Ministre Rinkēvičs emphasised that Latvia and Turkey together face certain challenges in regard to foreign policy  and pointed out that international organisations should seek more effective involvement in the solution of international crises. 

24 Oct 2014

In the latest issue of “Business Riga”: Latvian Diplomats Highlight Foreign Policy Issues

The State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Andrejs Pildegovičs, invites  readers of the latest issue of the “Riga Business” magazine to look at the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union not only from the political, but also an economic perspective. The European Union has 28 member states and encompasses a population of 500 million people. In the first half of 2015, Latvia will be for a while at the helm of the world’s largest economy.

22 Oct 2014

The Latvian Foreign Ministry Welcomes Approval of the New European Commission by the European Parliament

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the approval of the new European Commission by the European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday, 22 October.

22 Oct 2014

A Meeting of State Secretaries Baltic and Nordic Foreign Ministries in Tallinn: Much Has been Accomplished through Regional Cooperation

On 20 and 21 October, in Tallinn, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, took part in the annual meeting of the eight Baltic and Nordic countries (NB8).

22 Oct 2014

Latvia Elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the First Time

On 21 October, the United Nations General Assembly, with 175 votes, elected Latvia to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (the Council) for a period of three years starting in 2015. This is the first time that Latvia has been elected to the Council, which is the most important UN body in the field of human rights.

21 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs : “A Common Understanding Should be Reached on Strengthening of a Common Energy Market”

On 21 October, the EU General Affairs Council convened for a meeting in Luxembourg. The central item on its agenda was preparation for the European Council meeting on 23-24 October. The Ministers also had a thematic debate on “Europe of Freedom, Security and Justice”, one of the priorities of the EU's strategic agenda.

21 Oct 2014

The Latvian Government Agrees on Additional Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

On 21 October, the Government agreed on an additional delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Latvia continues providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine taking into account the continuing humanitarian crisis. Following a request from Ukraine, Latvia will be delivering 9 electric power generators.

21 Oct 2014

Latvia’s Contribution to the UN Ebola Response Fund

On 21 October, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on contributing 40,000 euros for the efforts to contain the latest Ebola outbreak.

21 Oct 2014

Ambassador Aivars Groza Presents His Letters of Credence to the President of India, Pranab Mukerjee

On 21 October, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of India, Aivars Groza, presented his letters of credence to the President of India, Pranab Mukerjee.

21 Oct 2014

Edgars Rinkēvičs Calls for Clearer and Stronger EU Support for Eastern Partnership Countries

On 20 October in Luxembourg, the EU Foreign Affairs Council gathered for a meeting at which the ministers debated the course of action to contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus, discussed the current developments in Libya, Iraq and the Middle East, and agreed on the establishment of the EU advisory mission in Ukraine. The Latvian delegation at the Foreign Affairs Council was led by the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

21 Oct 2014

Latvian Diplomats and Officials to Observe Early Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

On 21 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (MFA) is sending three of its diplomats to observe the early elections of the Ukrainian Parliament – the Verkhovna Rada – planned for 26 October. The Latvian MFA staff will join the team of the observation mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as short-term observers till  30 October.

20 Oct 2014

An Outstanding Belarusian Politician and Public Figure, Mihail Marinich, Passes Away

Mihail Marinich, an outstanding Belarusian politician, public figure, and former Ambassador to Latvia, passed away on 17 October 2014 at the age of 74. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mihail Marinich on this sad occasion.

20 Oct 2014

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría Congratulates Latvia on Adopting the “Public Persons Enterprises and Capital Shares Governance Law”

On 16 October, the Saeima (Parliament), in its final reading, passed the “Public Persons Enterprises and Capital Shares Governance Law”  in order to promote more effective governance of companies owned by the state and local governments.

18 Oct 2014

State Secretaries of the Baltic and Nordic Foreign Ministries to Meet in Tallinn

On 20 and 21 October, in Tallinn, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, will take part in the annual meeting of State Secretaries of the eight Baltic and Nordic countries (NB8). The meeting will cover the topics related to cooperation among the countries of the region, security, developments in Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership, and the energy sector.

17 Oct 2014

Foreign Ministry Hosts the Annual Conference on the Latvian Language in the European Union

On 17 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an annual conference on questions of multilingualism in the European Union, "The Latvian Language in the European Union: The Role of Sectoral Experts in the Drafting of the EU Legislation".

17 Oct 2014

Latvian Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs to Hold a Meeting of the “Friends of Georgia”

On 20 and 21 October, the meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council will take place in Luxembourg. On 20 October, in the margins of the Foreign Affairs Council, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will convene a meeting of the “Friends of Georgia” with the participation of the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Maia Panjikidze; the Deputy Foreign Minister, Tamar Beruchashvili; Foreign Ministers from the European Union member states; and representatives from the European External Action Service.

17 Oct 2014

Training for Latvian Consular Officers to Take Place in Turkey

From 22 to 25 October, consular officers of Latvia who work outside the Schengen Area will gather in Istanbul for their annual training.

16 Oct 2014

At a Meeting in Vienna, Latvia’s OSCE Representative, Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans, Presents Latvia's Position on a Musical about Herberts Cukurs

On 16 October, the Latvian Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans addressed a regular meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. He said in his address that Latvia is a democracy and it safeguards freedom of speech but, nevertheless, the Latvian Government considers it necessary to express its position on a theatrical production about Herberts Cukurs.

16 Oct 2014

Latvia and Slovakia Hold Political Consultations

On 16 October, the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs met with the State Secretary of the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry of the Slovak Republic, Peter Javorčík, who was in Latvia on a working visit.

16 Oct 2014

The Latvian Foreign Minister Discusses Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine, and Human Rights Violations Against Crimean Tatars, with Astrid Thors, the OSCE HCNM

On 16 October, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), Astrid Thors. During the meeting, the Minister described the policies related to national minorities and integration of society.

15 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: Changes to the EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement are Unacceptable

On 15 October in Rome, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs spoke at the informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Trade. The Minister emphasised that it was necessary to continue working on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the EU and the United States (TTIP). Mr Rinkēvičs highlighted the importance of including provisions on energy in the agreement and the alignment of standards in the EU and the US on public procurement.

15 Oct 2014

Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: During its EU Presidency, Latvia will be Supporting Progress with EU-US Trade Negotiations

On 14 October in Rome, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman to discuss the EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP).

15 Oct 2014

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities to Visit Latvia

On 15 and 17 October, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors, will be in Latvia on an introductory visit.

15 Oct 2014

Political Director Eduards Stiprais Stresses the Importance of the French Language in International Relations

On 15 October, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Political Director Eduards Stiprais met with Nelly Porta, the Coordinator of the French Language in Diplomacy and Public Administration Programme run by the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

15 Oct 2014

EU Imposes Tougher Measures To Deter Tax Evasion

On 14 October in Luxembourg, the EU Ministers of Finance agreed on extending the scope of information exchange on income thereby reducing the ways in which to evade the paying of taxes. An agreement was also signed with Switzerland to remove a number of its special tax regimes. The Ministers also adopted conclusions on measures to support investment in Europe, debated a proposal to restructure the taxation of energy products and electricity, and took note of the ongoing work regarding the preparation of implementing legislation on financing the bank resolution mechanism.

15 Oct 2014

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs: the Position of the Latvian Government is Crystal Clear – Performances about Cukurs Should be Condemned

“While we may have the right to say and do what comes to mind in line with principle of freedom of speech, in my opinion, no matter what caused people to speak well of Cukurs in the 1930s, his participation in the Arajs Komando, whatever role he had in it, leads me to conclude that there can be, in no way, a basis for singing eulogies about him. I’d sooner say that this kind of production is not in good taste and, from my point of view, cannot, in any way, be supported” said the Minister.

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