Latvia takes over EU's Council presidency

On the first of January Latvia took over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time. The Baltic state will lead and coordinate member states’ work for the next six months and expectations are high. 

The basic principles for Latvia’s Presidency will be involvement, growth and sustainability. These principles will be applied in the development of the Presidency’s work programs and priorities, as well as in building up culture and communication programs.

The Presidency of Latvia will hold the Eastern Partnership Summit, the Fifth Meeting of the Ministers of Education of the ASEM countries and the Conference of European standardization.

It is also planned to ask the European Commission to support organisation of the Digital Agenda Assembly in Riga as the industry in Latvia has made an excellent progress and in many areas is ahead of Europe. The event traditionally takes place in Brussels.

During the Presidency Latvia is also planning to hold a high level e-health summit and the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event.

The Presidency is an opportunity for every member state, regardless of its size or length of membership, to influence the EU agenda and guide EU endeavours.