At the closing panel of the Northern Future Forum, Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis emphasised that the main aim of the forum is to acquaint country leaders, experts and researchers with new ideas and to gain new impulses, State Chancellery reports.
“Discussing the first theme of the forum – green and sustainable growth – we can conclude that some right things have been done in Latvia, but at the same time some mistakes have also been made. Initiatives to boost energy efficiency have proved to be a correct and farsighted action and no doubt they need to be continued. However, the creation of a permanent subsidy system for the producers of renewable energy sources seems to have been an erroneous measure,” Dombrovskis explained.
He went on to add that one of the acknowledgments emphasised by the experts during the forum was that there is need for concrete terms and conditions and terms for decreasing state aid in the renewable energy sector so that businesses in this sector can adjust to self-dependant operation in a competitive market environment.
Dombrovskis confirmed that the government will take these acknowledgements into account, when revising state policy in the renewable energy sources sector.
"Regarding the challenges of boosting efficiency in the IT sector, the key word I heard was 'openness'. Openness in the exchange of data and information accumulated at state level, as well as a broader use of open source technologies. It also means openness in processing and re-using information, because this openness promotes new innovations and creates new applications, which would otherwise have been impossible,” said the Head of the Government of Latvia."
Dombrovskis stressed that, in order to ensure the work carried out in the Northern Future Forum in Rīga is fruitful, it is important to continue the cooperation between government leaders, experts and researchers, putting into practice the new ideas and experiences gained at the forum today.
The Northern Future Forum was attended by the Heads of Nordic Government – Baltic countries and Great Britain, as well as experts representing different fields to discuss competitiveness of green economy and bridging the digital divide. The forum brought together more than a 100 delegates from nine countries - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and the United Kingdom.
The Prime Ministers of six countries arrived in Rīga - David Cameron, Head of Government of Great Britain, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Head of Government of Iceland, Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister of Estonia, Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister of Lithuania, while Finland was represented by Olli Pekka Heinonen, State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office and Jan Grevstad, Ambassador of Norway to Latvia.