On October 23-24, the Heads of State and Government of the EU states met in Brussels for the annual European Council meeting where they discussed a number of important issues, as well as approved the new composition of the EC. Within the framework of the meeting the European Council agreed on 2030 framework for climate and energy policies and discussed the difficult economic and employment situation in Europe, as well as foreign policy issues.
On Thursday, October 23, in Brussels, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) states agreed on the EU climate and energy policy for 2020-2030. The agreement aims at achieving greenhouse gas emission reductions across the EU by 40% compared to 1990, increasing the efficiency of energy use, as well as greater use of renewable energy resources.
On Tuesday, October 21, the government supported the awarding of the Letter of Recognition of the Cabinet of Ministers to Ludmila Belinceva, Member of the Consultative Committee of Ethnic Minorities’ Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the Ministry of Culture and long-term Chairperson of the Union of Latvia’s Ukrainian Communities, and an active member of the Ukrainian diaspora in Latvia.
On Thursday, October 16, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with H.E. Mr Hayri Hayret Yalav, Ambassador of Turkey to Latvia to discuss bilateral relations, economic cooperation between Latvia and Turkey and Turkey’s integration in the European Union.
On Thursday, October 16, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Adrien Müller, the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Latvia.
On Thursday, October 16, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Steinar Egil Hagen, the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Latvia.
“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.
“The decision on the funding for the regional interconnection - Poland-Lithuania gas pipeline, and on the implementation of the project is of outmost importance for Latvia. This project will terminate Latvia's energy dependence and create a viable alternative to gas supplies," says Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia.
On Wednesday, October 8, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma participated in the third high-level conference on employment in the European Union (EU).
Latvia strongly condemns the act of terror perpetrated by the jihadist group, ISIL – a brutal murder of a British aid worker, Alan Henning, abducted in Syria in December 2013.