Baltic presidents to discuss regional cooperation in Riga

  • 2019-12-17
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is meeting with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts, Egils Levit and Kersti Kaljulaid, in Riga on Tuesday for talks focusing on regional cooperation. 

The summit will address "initiatives, positions and challenges to strengthen strategic cooperation between Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia," Nauseda's office said in a press release. 

"The agenda foresees a strong focus on regional cooperation, with a common aim of strengthening integration with the European Union, through synchronization of the Baltic power system with continental Europe and Rail Baltica projects," it said. 

The Baltic leaders will also discuss security challenges and the conclusions of NATO's recent summit in London as well as the EU's multiannual financial perspective, Brexit, the Eastern Partnership, relations with the third countries and regional cooperation formats.

The three presidents "will visit the Christmas market in the center of Riga and a temporary radio studio located there" and "will select a Christmas song from each country to be broadcast as a contribution to the charity campaign".

The Baltic summit, hosted in turn by one of the three countries every year, was revived after a major break at the Lithuanian president's initiative, according to the press release.