Opening of the Security and Foreign Policy Forum – Rīga Conference 2014

12.09.2014. 21:58

Today the Rīga Conference 2014, one of most significant foreign policy and security forums in the Northern Europe, will be held in Riga, Latvia for the ninth consecutive year. More than 420 participants – high level officials, ministers, diplomats, experts and media representatives from 35 countries all over the world will gather in the new building of the National Library of Latvia „Gaismas pils”, to discuss the overwhelming foreign and security policy issues.

At the very beginning of the conference welcoming remarks to all quests will be given by the Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma. The first session of the conference features the OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, Minister of Finance of Saxony-Anhalt (ret.), Chair of International Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg Karl-Heinz Paque and Member of the Seimas, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius, discussing about how Europe can adjust the global competiveness in the time of elevated risk circumstances caused by crisis.

During both days, discussions will focus on the Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and the consequences of the conflict; the experts will share their opinion on the recent NATO summit in Wales and the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit and the changes it could bring; the challenges of building an integrated pan-european energy market;  as well as the raise of populistic, nationalistic and extreme ideas in Europe. Along with an intensive dialogue, participants will consider whether the economic and financial consequences will rapidly change the world’s political order.

You can join our live broadcast at www.rigaconference.lv , Delfi.lv and LA.lv as well as on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence of Latvia. Viewers of Lattelecom Interactive TV will be able to watch the live broadcast of the conference on channel 113 and on the Internet television channel 1. All panels will be available a week after the Conference via Lattelecom TV archive.

The participants of the live broadcast are invited to take part in the conference discussions through their Twitter and Facebook accounts. The working language of the conference is English.

On September 12, 2014, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) will hold the fifth Riga Process Workshop, titled, “Rethinking the EU’s Approach to its Eastern Neighborhood.” This event supplements the conference, bringing together two dozen experts from governments, academia, think tanks, and the corporate sector from multiple European countries as well as participants from the United States to describe, analyze, and draw up possible consequences from the strategic changes imposed by regional and global developments, especially for Europe’s hard and soft power, as well as for global and transatlantic relations. In 2014, the Program will convene two Riga Process workshops and release a culminating report.

About Rīga Conference 2014

Rīga Conference 2014 is the largest security policy and foreign policy forum in Northern Europe. For the ninth consecutive year the conference will be assembling more than 35 heads of state, ministers, diplomats, experts, academics and journalists.

The conference is jointly organized by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence of Latvia. The Conference is supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation), the Soros Foundation – Latvia, the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, the Embassy of the United States of America in Latvia, the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, the Latvian National Library, Riga City Council, the Embassy of Great Britain in Latvia, VAS Latvijas Dzelzceļš, the Alverdi winery of Georgia, and the Trade and Development Investment Agency of Latvia and Georgia. Conference powered by: the official Audi dealers in Latvia – Moller Auto Riga un Moller Auto Lidosta, the Latvenergo concern and Lattelecom. Informational support: LETA, Diena, DELFI and Latvijas Avīze.