On Thursday, September 11, Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, met Olli Kantanen, Ambassador of Finland, during his introductory visit and discussed topical issues, including bilateral relations and cooperation in the European Union.
On Thursday, September 11, Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, met Didier Burkhalter, President of Switzerland. During the meeting the officials discussed bilateral relations, including economic cooperation, as well as the institutional matters of the EU and Latvia's priorities in its presidency in the Council of the EU.
On Tuesday, September 9, Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, met Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank. During the meeting the officials discussed the development of bilateral relations, the situation in Ukraine and the overall economic development of Latvia and Europe.
On September 5-7, during her working visit to London, Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, met Latvian and foreign entrepreneurs and young professionals. She also participated in several significant events organised by the Latvian Diaspora in the United Kingdom.
Latvia has by ten positions improved its ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index and now is in 42nd place. Most recent data were announced at the World Economic Forum this week when the annual Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 was presented.
On Saturday, August 30, at the meeting of the European Council, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union asked the European Commission (EC) to draw up new Russia sanction proposals in view of the serious escalation of the situation in Ukraine. It is also planned to expand the list of individuals and legal entities subject to certain restrictions due to their involvement in destabilisation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine.
On August 30, at the special meeting of the European Council, the Heads of State or Government of the European Union elected Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, as President of the European Council, thus concluding the discussion on the appointment of its top ranking officials. The Council also appointed Federica Mogherini, Foreign Affairs Minister of Italy, as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Latvia condemns the invasion of Ukrainian territory by armed forces of the Russian Federation. This represents open aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and undermines the fundamental principles of international law. The offensive actions undertaken by the Russian Federation pose a threat to peace and stability throughout Europe.
On Tuesday, August 26, the government familiarised itself with the results of the national minorities’ survey “Sense of Belonging to Latvia” and assigned the line ministries to prepare proposals for the provision of the Latvian language training free of charge, for enhancing the motivation to obt
On Saturday, August 23, Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius and Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas paid a visit to Latvia to participate together with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma in commemorative events of the Baltic Way.