From 31 August to 1 September 2018, the thirteenth annual international conference, the Dubrovnik Forum, will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Latvia will be represented at the event by Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry. This year’s forum is dedicated to strengthening resilience in Europe and its neighbouring regions.
The forum will focus on challenges posed by migration, terrorism, climate change and an array of asymmetric threats that are increasingly testing Europe and the wider Mediterranean area at the political, security, economic, social and cultural level. Discussions will seek solutions to strengthening the capacity of countries and the EU to face crises and hybrid threats.
At the invitation of the Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister, the Parliamentary Secretary will speak in a debate on Countering Fake News and Media Manipulation. The discussion will focus on the negative impact of misinformation and fake news on democracy and society and look for solutions to the problem without compromising the freedom of expression.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševiča is also scheduled for bilateral meetings, including the one with Andreja Metelko Zgombić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.
The forum will be attended by high-ranking guests such as Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s (EC) Chief Negotiator for the UK leaving the European Union, Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, as well as foreign ministers and their deputies from more than ten countries, and representatives from think-tanks and academic circles.