From June 30 to July 2, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be hosting a meeting of Latvia’s Honorary Consuls with the aim of discussing the issues of high importance on the foreign policy agenda of Latvia, its economic development and opportunities for business cooperation, including involvement in the export promotion and attraction of foreign investments. The Honorary Consuls will also hear the latest news concerning consular work and the events to commemorate Latvia’s centenary.
On 27 June, the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (MIL) starts in Riga, Latvia. How can Media and Information Literacy be used in this shifting media landscape to ensure open and secure societies? This is the opening theme of the Forum that will, throughout three days, explore many different angles and approaches of MIL in Europe, but also in the world.
This June, a group of young scholars and editor Žaneta Ozoliņa (The University of Latvia) presented a study on Russian-speaking community in Latvia, focusing on the arguments forming their affiliation with the Latvian state, society and other communities. The study presented in this book is more of a snapshot, revealing the diversity of the Russian-speaking community in Latvia in the second half of 2015 – after the begining of the war in Ukraine, rather than a recipe book for politicians on societal integration.
On Monday, June 27, the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum in London will host a screening of the documentary "The Master Plan", followed by a discussion and reception.
On Monday, June 6, seven proposed designs for the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art were presented by international architectural firms in partnership with Latvian architects. The museum will be housed in a former railway building as part of the strategic New Hanza City (NHC) – a commercial and residential development alongside Rīga’s historical Art Nouveau district. It is scheduled to open its doors to the public on November 18, 2021.
On Thursday, June 2, Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, signed the Agreement on Accession of Latvia to the OECD in Paris. Upon parliamentary ratification in Latvia, the country will officially become the organisation’s 35th member state.
Latvia is the world’s 37th most competitive country, according to the World Competitiveness Ranking that is organised by the IMD World Competitiveness Center in Switzerland.
Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis met with His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, State Secretary of the Holy See, on Thursday, May 12, in Rīga. During the meeting, the Prime Minister invited His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Latvia in 2018, when this country and the other Baltic States will be celebrating the centenary of their independence.
More than 366,000 people spent at least one night in Latvia's hotels during the first quarter of 2016, which was by 1.6% more than during the corresponding period of the previous year, according to information from the Latvian Central Statistical Board (CSB).
Latvian architecture boasts a wealth of beautiful buildings, from historic and unique examples of wooden houses to contemporary buildings of varied design and offering new combinations of materials.
The first meeting of transportation ministers from the Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) and China (the 16+1 format) and a business conference were held in Rīga May 16-17.