A Letter From… Latvia! 

 

This year Latvia celebrated 15 years since it had joined the European Union back in 2004. While many experts and opinion-makers are still discussing whether Latvians feel the connection with Europe and have a solid understanding of the processes taking place in Brussels and their influence on Latvia, one thing is quite clear – Latvians do care about Europe’s future. More people took to the polling stations this year compared to the last European elections. Though the difference is only 3% (in 2014 the turnout was 30.24% and in 2019 the turnout is 33.6%), it generally mirrors the wider European increase in voter turnout.

 

In order to fully understand the European campaign’s setup in Latvia, one needs to remember that the European elections this year came only 7 months after general elections. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: “Balancing economic growth and sanctions on Russia – Challenges for the Latvian EU Presidency”

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 Econ Growth

8.00 – 9.30h

Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

With the beginning of the New Year, Latvia took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union – for the first time since it became an EU member state.

A focal point of the country’s presidency will be the promotion of jobs and growth. Having suffered a severe economic crisis itself, Latvia might have just the right recipes to restore confidence and spark economic growth – with a special focus on the digital arena.

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