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02.07.2015.

Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development emphasizes the role of private sector to combat climate change

Riga, 30 June 2015. On 29 June, the Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Kaspars Gerhards, went to New York (USA) to represent the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union at the high-level event on international climate policy, convened by the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

29.06.2015.

Latvian Presidency discusses with the Eastern Partnership countries the new international agreement to limit climate change

On 25-26 June, 2015 in Riga, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with the European Commission (EC) met with the Eastern Partnership countries, to reach a consensus in international climate change negotiations and to promote conclusion of the new international agreement in December 2015, in Paris.

25.06.2015.

Emissions from medium combustion plants: Council and Parliament agree on new rules to improve air quality

The presidency of the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a new directive to limit the emissions of certain pollutants from medium combustion plants. These new rules are part of the clean air legislative package, which aims at improving air quality in the EU.

22.06.2015.

Digital Assembly participants – successful implementation of Digital Single Market Strategy to open new opportunities for EU economic development

On 17-18 June, during the Digital Assembly 2015 that took place in Riga over 500 experts and industry representatives had discussions on the establishing of the Digital Single Market.
17.06.2015.

Prime Minister emphasises the importance of the digital single market in Europe

On 17 June, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma opened the Digital Assembly 2015 by stressing the importance of the digital single market for strengthening Europe's competitiveness. The Digital Assembly is the most important event during the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council in the field of IT and communications development.
16.06.2015.

Digital Assembly 2015 – Europe’s leading event in the digital field takes place in Riga

On 17-18 June, the Digital Assembly 2015 will be held at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. The title of the Assembly, ''One Europe, One Digital Single Market'', emphasises the main objective of the EU Digital Agenda – to develop a Digital Single Market. The Assembly will be broadcast live on the Presidency website www.eu2015.lv and the European Commission (EC) website.
16.06.2015.

Digital Single Market - the whole of Europe on a single computer

Properly applied, digital technology is a source of development and innovation, which in turn generates economic benefits. In order to enhance growth in the EU and create new jobs, one of the priorities of the Latvian Presidency is to create a truly Digital Europe, focusing particularly on the Digital Single Market.

15.06.2015.

Discussions on implementation of the INTERREG EUROPE Interregional Cooperation Programme to be held in Riga

Latvia as the presiding country of the Council of the European Union  will chair the first Monitoring Committee’s meeting of the INTERREG EUROPE, a new interregional cooperation programme for 2014-2020 programming period (hereafter - INTERREG EUROPE) on 16 June. Meeting aims to reach an agreement on implementation of the programme.
15.06.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Pyramids of hay

Nowadays, the most common approach is for the grass cuttings to be dried and then pressed into bales or rolled into large rolls. However, for the time being, you can still see the «pyramids» of hay or haycocks.

10.06.2015.

EU ministers reach agreement on the Riga Declaration “Towards the EU Urban Agenda’’

On Wednesday 10 June, the informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Cohesion policy, Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters entered its second day, as the Ministers responsible for Territorial and Urban Development met in Riga to discuss the development of the EU Urban Agenda. At the meeting, the participants agreed on the Riga Declaration “Towards the EU Urban Agenda’’, prepared by the Latvian Presidency. 

09.06.2015.

EU Ministers responsible for Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters focus on European Urban Agenda

On 10 June, the second session of informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy, Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters will take place in Riga under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During the meeting, for the first time, political discussion of Ministers responsible for Territorial Cohesion and Urban Matters regarding the EU Urban Agenda to support sustainable urban growth will take place at a political level.

08.06.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - The only wild gladiolus species in Latvia

The sword-like leaves inspired the ancient Greeks and Romans to come up with a legend about friends, who were forced to fight in a gladiator tournament. After their death, the magnificent gladiolus flower would blossom from their swords.

04.06.2015.

Second round of the international climate negotiations begins

From 1-11 June, 2015 in Bonn (Germany) Latvia, as Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will represent the EU in the second round of the international climate negotiations. During discussions, it is planned to prepare a new legally global binding agreement on limiting climate change beyond 2020.

02.06.2015.

ESPON 2020 Territorial Cooperation Programme to be launched

On 3-4 June 2015, the ESPON 2020 Territorial Cooperation Programme launch seminar will take place in Jūrmala. During the seminar, the European Commission (EC), Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg, the so-called Presidency trio, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and other stakeholders will exchange views on the new Territorial Cooperation Programme. The conference will be broadcast live on the Presidency website: www.eu2015.lv.

02.06.2015.

Minister K.Gerhards will participate in CITIES Forum 2015

On 2 June, 2015 the Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr Kaspars Gerhards will participate in CITIES Forum 2015 that takes place in Brussels, Belgium. CITIES Forum will be dedicated to the development of an Urban Agenda for Europe.

01.06.2015.

During ESPON Territorial Cooperation Programme meeting expect to agree on the new programme launch

On 1-2 June 2015, a meeting of the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) Monitoring Committee takes place in Jūrmala, during which it is planned to agree on the new ESPON 2020 Territorial Cooperation Programme launch and thematic focus until 2020. The meeting is organised under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).

01.06.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - The fragile lace crafted by plants and spring waters

In Rauna, of the many natural riches, the most distinguished is that of the Staburags cliffs of Rauna. There is no other place in the Rauna River valley, where in such a small area you could find so many fascinating things.

26.05.2015.

European Union water policy to be assessed in Riga

With an aim to foster a coherent European Union's (EU) inland and marine waters policy in all the Member States, on 26 - 27 May, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, informal meeting of Water and Marine Directors of the EU will be held in Riga.

25.05.2015.

International conference in Riga to discuss preservation of biodiversity

On 26 - 27 May, 2015 international conference “EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 - implementation” will be held in Riga. During the conference representatives from EU Member States and non-governmental organisations will discuss the preservation of biodiversity. The conference is organised under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference will be live streamed here: www.EU2015.lv

25.05.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Symbiosis of nature, science & art

Dabas koncertzāle is the Latvian word for Nature Concerthall which has evolved, starting from the year 2006 as a concert conducted in nature to bring people closer to the understanding of that nature, its inhabitants and how to care for it.

22.05.2015.

Minister K. Gerhards: essential to continue climate change mitigation also after 2020

On 17-19 May, 2015 the Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Kaspars Gerhards represented the European Union at the sixth meeting of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. During that event, the Minister stressed the necessity to agree on a new binding agreement on climate change mitigation.

21.05.2015.

International agreement reached in Geneva on the restriction of several hazardous chemical substances which are harmful to human health and the environment

From 4-16 May 2015 in Geneva (Switzerland) Latvia, as Presidency of the Council of the European Union, represented the European Union and its Member states in the Conferences of Parties of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions* which were dedicated to the sound management of chemicals and waste.  During this time an international agreement was reached on implementing restrictions on certain chemicals to reduce risks to human health and the environment.

18.05.2015.

Minister K.Gerhards represents the EU at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue

On 17 - 19 May, 2015, Mr Kaspars Gerhards, the Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development, representing the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will pay a visit to Germany in order to participate at the sixth meeting of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
18.05.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - The most endangered insect species in the world

Despite the widespread prevalence of the hermit beetle, it is the most endangered insect species in the world faced with the risk of extinction in all those areas it inhabits.

12.05.2015.

Parliamentary secretary emphasizes the need to reduce mikroplastic pollution in the environment

On 11 May, 2015 Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia Edgars Tavars participated in a high-level stakeholder conference ''Eliminating Plastic and Microplastic Pollution - an urgent need'' in Brussels, Belgium. The Conference was organized during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

11.05.2015.

Latvian Presidency reaches a deal on Market Stability Reserve

Council and European Parliament representatives reached an agreement in principle on the decision concerning the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve (MSR) at a meeting on 5 May 2015.
11.05.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - special place for people and nature

Innovation and sustainable development coexisting with vast bogs, the rolling landscapes of the North Vidzeme region and Salaca – the 4th most important salmon river in the Baltic Sea region. Sounds impossible?

06.05.2015.

High-level conference on urban development in Europe to take place in Riga

On 6-8 May 2015, a high-level conference under the URBACT programme (Urbact City Festival) will take place in Riga. It will be devoted to integrated sustainable urban development issues and will provide support to cities in the development and implementation of their integrated urban strategies. The conference is organised under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
05.05.2015.

Safe management of chemicals and hazardous waste to be discussed in Geneva

From 4 to 15 May 2015, Latvia as the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will represent the EU’s position at the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs)* to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme for this year’s meetings is “From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow”.

During the meetings, the participants intend to agree on the measures needed to ensure the safe management of chemicals and to promote the environmentally sound management and transportation of hazardous waste at international level.

05.05.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Adazi military training area

The military training area at «Adazi», which has been used for military training for almost 100 years, since 2004 has been part of the Natura 2000 protected site network.

05.05.2015.

SEMIC 2015 – 5th Semantic Interoperability Conference to be held in Riga

On 5 May, the ISA programme of the European Commission is organising its 5th Conference on Semantic Interoperability for eGovernment, this year together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Last year's conference  attracted some 200 participants from more than 30 countries.
27.04.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - One of the largest bogs in the Baltics

In Teiči Reserve, it is like being in tundra – no matter where you look, you will see kilometres of swampy hollows grown with mosses and small birch and pine trees.

20.04.2015.

White Wagtail Stories - Post-ice age relict

In the present-day Latvian territory, the last ice age ended 16 to 14 thousand years ago. As the glacier melted and retreated, plants typical of tundra began to spread. Their diversity was quite small. Dwarf birch was one of the few pioneer plants, which managed to survive in the harsh climate.

15.04.2015.

Win-win solutions essential for biodiversity preservation within increasing use of renewable energy source

Joint session of environment and energy ministers was held on the second day of informal meeting of the EU Environment and Energy Ministers. Within this session ministers took part in a high-level debate on how to accommodate biodiversity preservation with increased use of renewable energy sources.

14.04.2015.

Ministers stress importance of integrating biodiversity preservation in other policies

On 14 April, the meeting of the Environment Ministers opened the three-day informal meeting of the European Union Environment and Energy Ministers. The Environment and Climate Ministers focused on biodiversity preservation and the international climate change negotiations aimed towards reaching a new global agreement on post-2020 climate change mitigation at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December. The informal meeting takes place under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

13.04.2015.

Environment and Energy Ministers focus on energy efficiency and biodiversity

Under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a three-day informal meeting of Environment and Energy Ministers will take place on 14-16 April 2015 in Riga.
13.04.2015.

White Wagtail Stories: Daugava – the river of Destiny

Daugava – the river of Destiny Daugava is the largest river in Latvia and also one of the most prominent national symbols. It is featured in legends and myths and is commonly called «mother Daugava» and «the river of Destiny».

07.04.2015.

Easter Rabbits

Up to this day, scientists have not registered any Easter Rabbits in Latvia.
30.03.2015.

Land surrounding the coasts of the Sea of Latgale

The special charm of the Latgale region is the beautiful landscapes surrounded by lakes, forests and ancient hill forts. The diverse natural landscape and cultural heritage is the reason why in 2007, Raznas National Park was established in this area of 59 615 ha.

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.

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