RIGA - The mayors of the Latvian-Estonian border towns Valka and Valga met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid today to discuss the development of the twin towns' common center, Valka mayor Vents Armands Krauklis (Vidzeme Party) informed LETA.
Krauklis said that the mayors of the two twin towns presented the Valga-Valka Twin Town Center project to the Estonian president and ideas how to enhance the project's implementation. The Valka mayor said that despite the Covid-19 crisis, construction works are going according to the schedule and if everything goes to plan the center could be launched already in October this year.
The mayors' meeting with Kaljulaid also dealt with activities planned as part of the next programming period of the Estonian-Latvian program. "We talked about possibilities of learning the neighbor country's language. We are currently in the process of concluding a third version of an agreement with the University of Tartu on teaching the Estonian language at Valka Janis Cimze Gymnasium from September 1 this year. We hope that a lecturer of Latvian descent will be teaching Estonian to our students," said Krauklis.
During the meeting, the officials also discussed the two countries' tourism offer. In Krauklis' words, Kaljulaid's perspective on joint tourism products was consistent with what the two neighbor countries are already doing in the area of tourism.
The Valga-Valka Twin Town Center project is being developed with the support of the Estonia-Latvia program.