Without any doubts the year of 2015 will be a historical one. The Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will take a place in the first half of the year, but in the second half LATO will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Riga Conference.
During the whole year, LATO is planning to organize various activities that would significantly contribute to the active involvement of the society in policy making process, as well as to represent Latvia as a stable and considerable player on the international level. The designed projects will cover both national and international issues and working fields.
Public Discussion ” The Propaganda of Mass Media Censorship in the Information Space”
The main goal of the public discussion is to examine the influence of media censorship to the trust of mass media, dispositions in the society and possible threats for the country’s security. Also, the discussants will utter possible strategies how to secure diversity of opinions and improve the quality of mass media for minorities.
Public Discussion “Hybrid War – Hybrid Responses”
To examine the various aspects of hybrid war, such as economical pressure, military actions, political sabotages and manipulations with information.
Conference “Latvia’s NATO Membership and the Benefits for the Society and Economy”
The aim of the conference is to gather together experts, decision makers and defence industry representatives for a one day conference to discuss development of the defence industry of Latvia and prospects in the context of new generation warfare.
Public Discussion ” Permanent Residence Permits in Latvia. The Economical Aspect”
The main goal is to highlight the importance of the issue and raise awareness in the society, therefore get a deeper insight looking from the economical perspective.
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
The aim is to provide high-quality networking and advocacy possibilities by organizing an Eastern Partnership (EaP) Civil Society Conference with approx. 200 participants from both the EU and the six Eastern Partnership states. The focus of this project is on strengthening, and engaging, civil society from the so-called Eastern Partnership – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Summer Program for Undergraduate Students from Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia 2015
To give a chance for undergraduate students to meet and interact with the prominent political and public figures; enhance their understanding of pivotal aspects of the European political system; discuss the cooperative security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and, also, learn about cultural and historical heritage of Latvia.
Baltic Guards 2015
The project is designed for youth guards coming from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and its main aim is to raise awareness and the level of knowledge in foreign policy challenges, contemporary security issues, the role of NATO, and possible developments in future.
Public Discussion “The Energy Security”
The experts participating in the public discussion will analyse best practices and lessons learned in the areas of operational energy security and international cooperation on energy security. Furthermore, will discuss short, mid and long term perspectives for transformation in the field of energy security.
The Riga Conference 2015
To bring together high-level political, intellectual and business experts to discuss the most pending matters and challenges of the current international agenda.
The Riga Conference 2015 will be a meeting point for the world’s shapers and this year will focus on the economic and security challenges faced by the EU and NATO, the collective defence, the continuity and vitality of the Eastern Partnership and partnership with Russia, Cyber Security and the growing role of the Strategic Communication.
The Forum of NewEurope Leaders
Forum is organized with an aim to gather together 21 young leader from all three Baltic States plus from the Visegrad countries, During the event leaders will meet challengers from the New Europe 100 project from B3 and V4 countries. . In the format of TED talks, in the first day of the conference, 12 challengers will give their presentations on how they achieved their goals and inspired others through creativity and innovation.