Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady of Latvia, Iveta Vējone, had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday, July 19. During the audience, the President of Latvia invited Her Majesty to visit Latvia in 2018 for the celebration of Latvia’s centennial.
From June 30 to July 2, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting a meeting of Latvia’s Honorary Consuls with the aim of discussing the issues high on the foreign policy agenda of Latvia, its economic development and opportunities for business cooperation, including involvement in the export promotion and attraction of foreign investments. The Honorary Consuls will also hear the latest news concerning consular work and the events to commemorate Latvia’s centenary.
In the national finals of the Creative Business Cup, where four companies competed against one another to represent Latvia at the world’s leading competition for creative industries, the company Vividly came out on top. Vividly, which offers virtual reality solutions in architecture, will represent Latvia at the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen this fall.
There are no direct indications that the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU would have a long-lasting impact on the economy and financial markets, said Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission, as reported by Latvian Radio.
The United Kingdom will remain an important ally and international partner to Latvia. Close relations will be maintained including in foreign affairs and security policy.
On June 27, the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (MIL) started in Riga, Latvia. How can Media and Information Literacy be used in this shifting media landscape to ensure open and secure societies? This is the opening theme of the Forum that will, throughout three days, explore many different angles and approaches of MIL not only in Europe, but also in the world.
This June, a group of young scholars and editor Žaneta Ozoliņa (The University of Latvia) presented a study on Russian-speaking community in Latvia, focusing on the arguments forming their affiliation with the Latvian state, society and other communities. The study presented in this book is more of a snapshot, revealing the diversity of the Russian-speaking community in Latvia in the second half of 2015 – after the begining of the war in Ukraine, rather than a recipe book for politicians on societal integration.
On Monday, June 27, the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum in London will host a screening of the documentary "The Master Plan", followed by a discussion and reception.
On Monday, June 6, seven proposed designs for the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art were presented by international architectural firms in partnership with Latvian architects. The museum will be housed in a former railway building as part of the strategic New Hanza City (NHC) – a commercial and residential development alongside Rīga’s historical Art Nouveau district. It is scheduled to open its doors to the public on November 18, 2021.
On Thursday, June 2, Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, signed the Agreement on Accession of Latvia to the OECD in Paris. Upon parliamentary ratification in Latvia, the country will officially become the organisation’s 35th member state.
Latvia is the world’s 37th most competitive country, according to the World Competitiveness Ranking that is organised by the IMD World Competitiveness Center in Switzerland.