On 5 December 2019 in Riga, the Under Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Astra Kurme, met with the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Kornelios S. Korneliou, for a discussion on current EU issues.
The officials discussed the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027, both countries having a common understanding about the importance of the Cohesion Policy in their economic development. The participants underlined the need for ensuring fair direct payments to farmers and sufficient funding for the Rail Baltica project. They also shared views on current experience and future prospects for attracting financing from Horizon 2020 programme.
Both countries also expressed support for achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and stressed that it is necessary to put in place EU support mechanisms and funding to achieve climate goals. Latvia and Cyprus agreed that EU external borders must be strengthened.
During the consultations, the officials also discussed other pressing EU-related issues: EU enlargement, Brexit and the debate on the EU’s future.