The Rīga Conference 2009 will bring together Presidents and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of three Baltic States

19.10.2009. 10:55

This week, from October 23 to October 24 in the Mazā Ģilde (the Small Guild) the Riga Conference 2009 entitled “Economic Recovery in a Changing Security Environment: Transatlantic Agenda 2010” will take place. For the fourth time already Riga will gather heads of states, the world’s leading academicians, politicians, representatives from non-governmental organizations, commentators and journalists to continue with the high level international discussions on foreign and security policy issues.

This year the Rīga Conference will be attended by Presidents and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of three Baltic States as well as Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, Minister of Defence of Latvia Imants Liegis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain Miguel Angel Moratinos, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby, the president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States Craig Kennedy and other prominent figures.

Reflecting the current processes in the transatlantic area and in the international system at large, the Rīga Conference 2009 will focus on such topics as: Recovery from the Recession in the Baltic’s – What Lies Ahead?;; Providing Strategic Reassurance in Northern Europe; Changing European Borders: a New Security Paradigm in the Black Sea Region; Milestones for the New Strategic Concept of NATO; Agenda 2010 for Transatlantic Institutions – A Baltic Vision. Two topics – EU Internal Gas Market Reform: Overcoming Suppliers’ Dependence; Ukraine between East and West Magnets – will be discussed on October 23 in the Night Owl session under the Chatham house rules supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

The Riga Conference 2009 is organized by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation in co-operation with the Ministry of Defence of Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the Baltic to Black Sea Alliance and the Commission of Strategic Analysis of Latvia under the auspices of the President of Latvia. The conference is supported by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Soros Foundation Latvia, the Embassy of the United States in Latvia, NATO and Mercedes-Benz passenger cars are provided by Domenikss Ltd – Authorized General Distributor of Daimler AG in Latvia.

The Riga Conference 2009 is the fourth high level international conference on the issues of security and foreign policy of the European and international community, thus highlighting Latvia on the world map as a venue for meetings between international foreign policy experts and diplomats.

More information about the Riga Conference 2009 will be available on the conference site www.rigaconference.lv. Working language of the Riga Conference 2009 is English.

For press enquiries and media accreditation (till October 21) please contact Mr. Maris Cepuritis (maris@lato.lv, +371 26362456).