On 8 April 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, opened the Spring semester of the Riga Graduate School of Law's Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Central Asian countries.
The Parliamentary Secretary thanked the Government of the Kingdom of Norway for its support for the Advanced programme, as well as the Riga Graduate School of Law for the management of the programme and the University of Latvia, the Riga School of Economics, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and the European Institute of Public Administration for their content in providing training. Latvia is pleased to share knowledge and support the young professionals of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries by providing practical knowledge of the European Union and the experience of Latvia's transition and reforms.
Kalniņa-Lukaševica noted that the programme will enable young professionals to explore ideas, laws and policies that form the European Union, and to gain knowledge by becoming stronger policy makers, decision makers and negotiators. “Latvia's path to the European Union and experience in strengthening its influence as a Member State of the European Union provide valuable knowledge and conclusions that can help in the reform process of partner countries. The possibility of establishing sustainable contacts between professionals from different countries during training, which will continue to support and share experience with each other in overcoming distances and differences between themselves, is essential”, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica said.
During the Advanced programme, 32 public administrations, civil societies and academic representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will be educated in Latvia for the next three months. Training participants will also visit Latvian authorities, as well as go on a week-long training trip to Brussels and Luxembourg to get acquainted with the work of the European Union institutions. From 2018 until 2020, the Advanced programme is implemented with financial support from the government of the Kingdom of Norway.
The Advanced programme in European Law and Economics was established in Latvia in 2014. The programme is implemented by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with partners: the University of Latvia, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and the European Institute of Public Administration. The Intensive programme was also launched in 2016. The programmes are partly supported from the funds provided by the Latvian State budget for the development cooperation policy. The programmes have also been supported by the United States, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Since 2014, more than 260 participants from 19 countries have graduated from the Advanced and Intensive Programmes. The knowledge and experience acquired will be used by representatives to promote their development. In 2019, a six-week Intensive program with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. government will also be implemented.
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