The European Union must cooperate in order to improve regional stability and economic growth claims The Rīga Conference 2016

29.10.2016. 16:13

More than 600 guests took part in the first day of the annual foreign policy and defence forum –  The Rīga Conference 2016. The agenda debated questions about NATO challenges and global economic issues.

“NATO 360° 24/7 – How to Deliver?” opening panel saw the former NATO General Secretary Anderss Fogh Rasmussen point out that NATO should not focus only on the territorial defence and rather see us focusing on defence in a much wider context. He added that despite the increased presence of the Russian Federation by the NATO external borders, Russia has no right to intervene in NATO’s enlargement policy. Similarly, the former president of Latvia, Prof. Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga noted that it is essential for NATO to inform the public more greatly, and as a consequence remove political manipulations.


The panel discussion “Global Economic Outlook and European Prospects” saw the dominance of the EU challenges and possibilities to compete in international economy.During the discussion, the EU Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue – Valdis Dombrovskis, Professor at Izmir University of Economics Balkan Devlens, and “The Economist” senior editor Edward Lucas discussed the most touching issues of 2016, the global economy the most topical trends, including low oil prices and the Chinese, US and EU cooperation between the different regions of the world refers on several occasions to the need to respond to the level of inequality in its various manifestations.


Today, on the second and final day of the conference – the participants and guests will be offered five discussion panels in which they’ll hear opinions of various experts and their proposed solutions to the most pressing issues today in global order. The morning session “Russian Economy and Policy Choices”, with panels on defence terms, regional cooperation issues, and about the current situation in the Middle East following the suit. The conference will be concluded on a discussion about the future of the European Union.


Those interested can also see the conference live on,,,,,, and The online viewers are encouraged to participate and interact with the guests of the conference via official The Riga Conference hashtag #RigaConf.



About The Rīga Conference 2016


The Rīga Conference 2016 is one of the leading security and foreign policy forums in the Baltic Sea region, welcoming more than 60 heads of states, experts, diplomats, academics and media representatives from 40 countries. The conference will take place at the National Library of Latvia.


The conference is organised by Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Latvia. The conference is supported by NATO, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, Riga International Airport, U.S. Embassy in Latvia, European Commission in Latvia, Apply Intelligent Technologies, Askaneli Brothers, Amber Distribution Latvia, Embassy of Georgia in Latvia, Kongsberg, Embassy of Canada in Latvia, SAAB, Italian Embassy in Latvia, Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia, Swedbank, Riga City Council. The conference is powered by Møller Group, Møller Auto Lidosta, Audi, Latvian Mobile Telephone. Information partners: Latvian Television, DELFI, LETA, magazine Ir, Hromadske International, Postimees, the Lithuania Tribune, iPress Georgia, and New Eastern Europe.


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For more details, please contact:

Mr Aivis Indans

The Rīga Conference 2016

Media Coordinator


Tel: +371 2659 5406