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23.03.2015.

496 kilometres of coast

Out of the almost two thousand kilometres of land that outlines Latvia’s border some 496 kilometres is surrounded by the Baltic Sea.

17.03.2015.

EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) Bureau extraordinary meeting to take place in Riga

Within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the CoR Bureau extraordinary meeting on 17–18 March will take place in Riga. The meeting will bring together representatives from 28 Member States’ local and regional governments.
16.03.2015.

White wagtail about one of the smallest animals of Latvia

White wagtail about one of the smallest animals of Latvia. The length of this small, squirrel-like animal is only 15-20 cm, including its lush, long tail. It weighs 30-40 grams, the rough equivalent to four 1 € coins.

11.03.2015.

Implementation of EU territorial development goals and issues regarding small and medium-sized urban areas to be discussed in Riga

On 9-11 March, the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development will organise the Joint Meeting of the National Territorial Cohesion Contact Points and the Urban Development Group.

09.03.2015.

Discussion on the implementation of URBACT III Programme will be held in Riga

Riga, 10 March, 2015 - On Tuesday, 10 March, Latvia as the presiding country of the Council of the European Union (hereafter – the EU) will chair the first Monitoring Committee’s meeting of a new Interregional Cooperation Programme URBACT III for 2014-2020 (hereafter – URBACT III) in order to provide the launch of the first call for applications already this year.

09.03.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Slitere National Park

Slitere National Park was established in 2000, although here in Northwest of Latvia it has existed under different names and areas of protection since as far back as 1923.
06.03.2015.

Ministers agree on EU commitment to the reduction on climate change

The Council discussed the preparations for the UN Climate Change conference that will take place in Paris in December. The aim of the conference is to adopt an ambitious, legally binding global agreement to be implemented from 2020.
02.03.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Līgatne Nature Trails

Līgatne Nature Trails, for many years known as Līgatne Learning and Amusement Park, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. That's how much time has passed since its establishment in 1975.

23.02.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - The national insect of Latvia

This small, colourful beetle is known as a ladybug or ladybird, as well as “dievgosniņa” in Latvian, literally meaning “God’s little cow”. The two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) is one of the most common ladybird species in Latvia.

16.02.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Ķemeri National Park

Real world of wetlands. Only half an hour’s drive from the Latvian capital of Riga and you can already find yourself in a completely different world. Founded in 1997, Ķemeri National Park is a real world of wetlands.

11.02.2015.

Discussion on the implementation of EUROPE INTERREG Programme

From the 10th to 12th February, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia, Latvia as the presiding country in the Council of the European Union (hereafter – the EU) chairs a Programming Committee’s meeting of a new Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG EUROPE for 2014-2020 (hereafter - INTERREG EUROPE) in order to start the implementation of  the  Programme already this year.

09.02.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Clear waters

Human life is both literally and metaphorically dependent on water with natural spring water considered to be its perfect embodiment.
02.02.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - The Latvian national plant

From 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015, Latvia holds the presidency of the European Union Council. During Presidency Latvian national bird white wagtail once a week will tell a short story about some of our country's natural values, symbols and related cultural heritage or educational activity.
26.01.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Gauja National Park

The first and the oldest national park in Latvia was established on 14 September 1973 in order to protect slightly disturbed natural areas, promote nature tourism and ensure sustainable development in the area.
21.01.2015.

Minister K.Gerhards: Presidency focus on climate change, air quality, resource efficiency and biodiversity issues

Brussels, 21 January, 2015. – On Wednesday, 21 January, Kaspars Gerhards, the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, introduced environmental sector’s priorities of the Latvian Presidency to the members of Parliament, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

19.01.2015.

European Union Informal Workshop on Climate Change will be held in Riga

On the 21st  and 22nd  of January, in Riga, Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (henceforward - EU) will hold Informal Workshop on Climate Change.

19.01.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - traditional way of lamprey fishing

The weir is a special footbridge from which lamprey fishing baskets are submerged in the stream below and subsequently retrieved (with lamprey inside) and this is, in essence the fishing method.
16.01.2015.

Latvia leads in use of e-services among residents of Baltic states

Eurostat data shows that 54% of Latvia's residents in 2014 have used internet for interaction with public authorities online, going ahead of other Baltic countries and European Union's (EU) average indicator (46%)
09.01.2015.

College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Latvia discusses digital priorities

On Thursday 8th of January, the College of Commissioners paid a traditional visit to the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the aim to discuss priorities and promote social partners, non-governmental organizations and society dialogue with the European Commission (EC) during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
09.01.2015.

Presidency opens with a concert at the Latvian National Opera

On Thursday 8 January, a splendid and expressive musical performance at the Latvian National Opera House marked the official opening of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was the symbolic start to the challenging six months ahead of us when Latvia will steer the EU ship for the first time. The concert featured some of the most distinguished Latvian artists in the world of music who performed different musical pieces to an audience from all around Europe.
08.01.2015.

Kicking off the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Juncker Commission travels to Riga

On 7-8 January, the College of Commissioners will travel to Riga for its traditional visit to the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The rotating Presidency will be held by Latvia for the first time, from January until June 2015.
07.03.2013.

EU moves to improve conservation measures for Polar Bears

The European Union and its Member States announced today (7th March), at the 16th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) being held in Bangkok, that it was tabling a new proposal at the Convention to ensure that polar bears are not threatened by international trade.

19.12.2012.

Third annual conference on Latvian - Estonian future cooperation dedicated to ICTs as the important enabler of digital economy

Third annual conference on Latvian - Estonian future cooperation was held in Riga on 14th December 2012 to facilitate Latvian - Estonian co-operation in eGovernance and Information Society to strengthen bases for co-operation and benefit from digital economy. Conference was addressed by Edmunds Sprūdžs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, and Juhan Parts, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia.

07.09.2012.

European Cooperation Day to be marked throughout the Baltic States

On September 21st, 2012, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia invites everyone to take part in the European Cooperation Day and to celebrate the success of European territorial cooperation across Europe. More than 70 programmes, including 11 programmes that operate in the Baltic states, are participating in marking this day with special outreach activities that have one simple goal – to tell the people how these programmes have improved the quality of life in their regions.

24.05.2012.

More than 600 contracts have been signed for receiving funding for renewable energy use in private households

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereafter – the Ministry) and the Environmental Investment Fund have signed more than 600 contracts with owners of dwelling houses who will receive a funding of Climate Change Finance Facility (hereinafter-CCFF) for renewable energy use in their households.

15.05.2012.

12 Blue Flags will wave in Latvia’s beaches this year

On 15th March, within the framework of the bathing season opening event, the handing ceremony of the Blue Flags took place in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

11.05.2012.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development will participate in the EU Garden Festival - 2012

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereinafter - the Ministry) will participate in the European Union (hereinafter - EU) Garden Festival – 2012 held on 12th May, in Vērmanes Garden.

16.03.2012.

Sigulda, Salacgrīva and Rūjiena Local Governments – the most creative municipalities in Latvia

On 16th March during the Creativity Award Ceremony- Sigulda, Salacgrīva and Rūjiena Local Governments were announced as the most creative municipalities in Latvia by adopting creative and unique solutions in their daily work.

15.03.2012.

Ministries will develop the platform for creativity in Latvia

On 14th March the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Edmunds Sprūdžs signed the Protocol of Intent (hereinafter- POI) during ongoing Creativity Week. The aim of POI is to develop the creativity potential in Latvia, promoting its usage in the development of national economy and welfare of a society.

14.03.2012.

The EU ministers of environment are coming to term to concrete steps towards inclusive green economy

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Sprūdžs represented Latvia in EU Environment Council (hereinafter- Council) in Brussels (Belgium).

02.03.2012.

For the third time e-Skills week will be held in Latvia

This year’s e-Skills week campaign in Latvia will be held from 26th till 30th March. Its aim is to popularize information and communications technology services in Latvia, and to give information on e-Services provided by state and local governments and to explain their necessity and importance in our daily activities.

24.02.2012.

We are looking for the most creative local governments in Latvia!

Creativity Week – Create! will take place this year from 12th March till 18th March. Within the framework of the Creativity Week the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia is looking for most creative local governments in Latvia.

09.01.2012.

URBACT 3rd Call for Proposals

Following the decision of the URBACT II Monitoring Committee on 14th November 2011, the 3rd and last URBACT Call for Proposals is now open for the creation of up to 19 new Thematic Networks. The Call is open from 9th December 2011 until 15th March 2012.

20.12.2011.

The Minister underlines the importance of the balance between environmental policy and economical development in EU Environment Council

On 19th December the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Edmunds Sprūdžs participated in the European Union (hereinafter-EU) Environment Council (hereinafter-Council).

20.12.2011.

Remarkable number of the urban development projects in Latvia - implemented with ERDF financial support

Since 2007 more than 70 urban development projects of development centers of national and regional importance were implemented by the financial support of the European Regional Development fund (ERDF). Total amount of the signed project contracts is 171.8 million lats.

19.12.2011.

The Minister E.Sprūdžs will participate in the EU Environment Council in Brussels

On 19th December the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Edmunds Sprūdžs will represent Latvia in the final European Union (hereinafter-EU) Environment Council (hereinafter- Council) in Brussels ( Belgium).

10.11.2011.

The European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme launched new project AQUAFIMA

AQUAFIMA – „Integrating Aquaculture and Fisheries Management towards a sustainable regional development in the Baltic Sea Region“ project proposal was approved by the Baltic Sea Region Transnational Cooperation Programme committee in June, 2011.

05.10.2011.

The Minister Mr. Raimonds Vējonis participates in the 11th General Conference of the Union of the Baltic Cities

Today, on 5th October, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis participates in the opening event of the 11th General Conference of the Union of the Baltic Cities “Building on the past, heading for the future” held in Liepāja.

04.10.2011.

Latvia has signed an agreement on strengthening the legal status of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe

 On 4th October Latvia signed an International Agreement on the Legal Status of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (hereinafter - REC).  From the Latvian side it was signed by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Latvia in Hungary Ms. Veronika Erte.

28.09.2011.

Latvia and Estonia agreed on common goals in promoting cross-boarder cooperation

Within the framework of the Joint Session of the Latvian-Estonian Intergovernmental Commission for Cross-border Cooperation in Valka held on 16th September, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis and the Estonian officials agreed on common future plans in order to promote cross-border cooperation.

21.09.2011.

62 Latvian Eco-Schools will receive the Green flag

For significant achievements in promoting sustainable development, environmental education and environmental protection in the schools and their surroundings, 62 educational institutions of Latvia will be named as Eco-Schools and receive the Green flags in this academic year. Also the Green Certificate and status of Eco-School will get more 34 schools of Latvia.

16.09.2011.

The European Mobility Week was launched on 16th September

This year’s the European Mobility Week (hereinafter- EMW) was launched on 16th September, and it will last till 22th September. Within the framework of the European Mobility Week inhabitants are invited to support the sustainable mobility.

31.08.2011.

Mr. Raimonds Vējonis: the online application for studies should be implemented in all state institutions of higher education

In order to save time and finances of students, also to adjust the distribution procedure of state financed study places, the online application for studies with the support of the website www.latvija.lv should be implemented in all state institutions of higher education. Such statement was given by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis

26.08.2011.

The Ministry invites the public to take part in the elaboration process of a new Biodiversity Strategy

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development has started to develop the BioDiversity Strategy. Therefore, the social partners and everyone else who is interested in the elaboration process of Strategy are invited to suggest their own ideas about conservation of biological diversity in Latvia.

25.08.2011.

Mr.Raimonds Vējonis: pollution threats are eliminated in the accident place of the fishing-vessel „Kate’’

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis are satisfied with the operative and coordinated work of the responsible institutions.

25.08.2011.

Latvia and Georgia will strengthen co-operation in the field of the regional development

Latvia and Georgia has agreed to strengthen co-operation in the field of regional development and share each other’s experience about the spatial planning, work of local governments  and other matters  within the framework of the Memorandum of Agreement signed on 24th August by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia Mr. Raimonds Vējonis and the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia Mr. Ramaz Nikolaishvilli

19.08.2011.

Local governments, entrepreneurs and inhabitants receive financial support for the construction of energy efficient buildings

This week in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development contracts on low consumption buildings of 7,26 million LVL have been signed. These contracts are financed by the Climate Change Financial Instrument (hereinafter - CCFI).

04.08.2011.

The first 60 contracts has been signed for receiving funding for renewable energy use in private households

For the first time the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development has signed 60 contracts with inhabitants who will receive a funding of Climate Change Finance Facility (CCFF) for renewable energy use in their households

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