RIGA - Starting his visit to Germany on Thursday, Latvian President Egils Levits met with Ilse Aigner, President of Landtag of Bavaria, to discuss key economic, security, environmental and education challenges faced by Latvia, Germany and the whole Europe, LETA was told at the president's office.
With the Munich Security Conference, which brings together heads of state and government, due to begin on Friday, the two officials discussed current democratic and security challenges that are reinforced by constant technological development.
The conversation between Levits and Aigner also dealt with NATO’s efforts to guarantee collective security of the Baltic region through its deterrence policy. President Levits praised the work of the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence.
The discussion also focused on various activities aimed at countering disinformation and hate speech. President Levits explained how media literacy programs are rolled out across Latvian schools and members of Bavarian Landtag expressed their admiration for this program’s success, according to the Latvian president's spokespeople.
Other key topic of the meeting was economic transformation in Europe. European economy is changing due to development of artificial intelligence (AI), innovations and European Green Deal. Egils Levits and Ilse Aigner both acknowledge the huge potential of AI for development of new products and services. ‘At the same time, we do not want AI to replace, for example, human judges,’ said President Levits.
Levits and Aegner also discussed the State of Bavaria's economic plans which are based on greater use of renewables, better mobility and promotion of environmentally-sound business practices.
President Levits and President Aigner both praised successful cooperation in education. Almost 1,000 students from Germany are currently studying at Latvian universities. Most of them study medicine at Riga Stradins University (RSU), and there are also students studying other subjects at the University of Latvia, the Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies and Riga Technical University (RTU).
President Levits is in Germany on a working visit until February 16.