On 31st August the first “Summer Programme for Undergraduate Students from Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Ukraine 2015” concluded after more than 75 youngsters were lectured by The Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičš, the Director of NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence, Jānis Sārts, Ukrainian ambassador to Latvia, Yevgen Perebyinis, and Member of Saeima, Lolita Čīgāne among others.
First such summer school attracted large student interest, from which the best 75 applicants were selected to attend the programme. These students, during the four day long programme met and discussed current issues with various well known experts, including The Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Minister Rinkēvičs pointed to the introduction of the mobility programme as a good model. During the Riga Summit, progress in the area of mobility was achieved, he said. The non-visa regime is already working with Moldova. Visa liberalisation with Georgia and Ukraine will take place so long as their governments fulfil the remaining recommendations related to the action plan on visa liberalisation. Belarus is also working on a visa regime easing travel to the EU. We will continue work on this with all partners, the Minister said, but this is something which is in the hands of the Eastern Partnership countries themselves.
During the programme the participants also had working groups, wherein they shared their common experiences and knowledge to create recommendations for other young students, NGO’s, government and non-government organisations. These recommendations highly impressed the Ukrainian Ambassador Yevgen Perebyinis, who shocked many students with his surprise visit to the programme.
The summer school was also joined by such distinguished people as Mr. Robert Pszczel (Director of NATO Information Centre in Moscow), Ms. Natalia Nemyliwska (Director, NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine), Col. Gintaras Bagdonas (Director, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Vilnius) and others.
For information: From 27 – 31st August in the Latvian town of Salacgrīva the first “Summer Programme for Undergraduate Students from Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Ukraine 2015” took place. It was organised by the Baltic to Black Sea Alliance and the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Department and Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
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