RIGA - On December 6, at the Foreign Ministry, State Secretary Andris Pelss, Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia, Zane Petre, and the Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Latvia, Marta Ribele, signed an annual declaration on cooperation in the communication of European Union matters in 2024, LETA learned from the ministry.
Communication in 2024 will focus on two main events. Next year, Latvia marks twenty years since its accession to the EU. This provides an opportunity to assess the benefits of membership of the organization, to emphasize the stability and security of the state acquired over those years, as well as to increase the people’s sense of belonging to the Latvian state and Europe. The European Parliament elections will be held on 8 June 2024, and they will bring to the fore an exchange of views on topics vital for Europe and Latvia, urging citizens to exercise their democratic participation and electoral rights and to decide together on the future course for Latvia and the EU.
With a view to highlighting those landmark occasions, in 2024, the European Commission Representation in Latvia, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Latvia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with their cooperation partners will organize a series of events on latest developments in the EU. A special emphasis will be laid on regions. Two traditional forums for EU information providers have been scheduled for spring and autumn. Other events include a Europe Day program for May, participation by the Ministry staff in the annual “Back to School” campaign, as well as activities of the European Parliament Ambassador School. The annual conference for professional translators, “The Latvian Language in the European Union” will also be organized, a magazine titled “Latvia’s Interests in the European Union” will be published and expert discussions held on what the country has accomplished as a member of the EU and what its interests are in the future EU. A special role is also assigned to events to promote Latvia as an economy in a stable and secure environment.
The declaration on cooperation in the communication of European Union matters is being signed for the ninth consecutive year.