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New National Library of Latvia Building Opened

Created on 05.09.2014.

An official inauguration ceremony has marked the opening of the new Latvian National Library building, known also as the Castle of Light. The iconic new National Library of Latvia, now completely available for the wider public, has been designated as the main venue for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Baltic-Benelux Consultations on European Affairs to be Held in Riga

Created on 05.09.2014.

On 5 September, the European Affairs Directorates of the Foreign Ministries of the Baltic and Benelux (the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg) states will gather in Riga for consultations on European Union matters.


Latvia Will Continue Work in Progress to Increase the Effectiveness of the European Union

Created on 29.08.2014.

On 28 and 29 August, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the informal meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Milan, Italy. During the meeting, ministers discussed possibilities for further enhancement of the functioning of the EU. The Latvian Foreign Minister pointed out that discussions on improving the functioning of the Union should take place in the framework of existing treaties. Major efforts have been invested so that effectiveness of the EU’s work is ensured, but several matters demand additional attention. The Minister highlighted the role of national parliaments of EU member states, the mutual interaction of EU institutions, and reinforcing the General Affairs Council itself. Edgars Rinkēvičs also noted that Latvia is ready to continue the efforts at enhancing the EU’s performance during its upcoming EU Presidency.


BMW Group and Inchcape BM Auto Become Official Partners of the Latvian Presidency

Created on 28.08.2014.

Transporatation services for the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be provided by BMW Group and Inchape BM Auto. This was announced by Foreign minister Edgars Rinkēvičs at a press conference on Wednesday, August 27, naming the first official partner of the Latvian Presidency.


Drawings by Italian old masters

Created on 08.07.2014.

The Art Museum Riga Bourse invites you to the exhibition “Drawings by Italian old masters”, organised in line with Italy’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. The newly opened exhibition offers an exclusive opportunity to see for the first time outstanding and significant 16th – 18th century works of Italian graphic art from the collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art.



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