The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), in cooperation with the European Commission's Representation in Latvia and the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia, is honored to invite you to follow the annual high-level international conference: "Baltic EU Conversations 2022: Immediate Challenges and Long-term Vision" that will be held on 18 March 2022, online.
This will be the seventh year of the “Baltic EU Conversations”, the largest EU-themed high-level international conference in the Baltic states. Every year, speakers are selected to represent the diversity inherent in European Union decision-making – the conference draws the participation of the highest-ranking officials, influential politicians, think-tankers, and academia from the EU member states and various EU institutions.
The coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine have had a significant effect on all our lives. Crises have traditionally pushed Europe to find new instruments and forge common policies. For now, as we can witness, the war in Ukraine has fostered historical decisions and strong solidarity between the member states. This year, “Baltic EU Conversations 2022” will deal with several topics, investigating the state of the economy of the European Union; discussing the political landscape of the European Union in the new geopolitical environment, discussing how the climate ambitions of the European Green Deal can be aligned with the imperative to enhance energy security. At the same time, experts will discuss how to make a digital Europe safer from cyber warfare and, as the Ukraine's aspirations for EU membership have acquired a dramatic turn, we will investigate the possibilities for the EU to address these membership and alliance wishes.
The opening addresses will be given by Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Parliament of Latvia; Andris Sprūds, Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and Zane Petre, Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia. Conference participants include Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for an Economy that Works for People and European Commissioner for Trade; Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament and Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor at the ETH Zurich, among others.
The “Baltic EU Conversations” is supported by the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia and the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia. The conference is organized in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University (Lithuania), the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and the International Centre for Defence and Security (Estonia), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.
For more information, visit our webpage – www.liia.lv or contact our team:
Ms. Sintija Broka
Researcher, Latvian Institute of International Affairs