On 10 December 2019, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, participated in the meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council, which was the preparatory meeting for the European Council on 12–13 December.
At the meeting, the ministers shared views on two topics high on the European Council’s agenda: preparing the discussion of heads of Governments on a long-term strategy on climate change and the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027.
In the context of climate change, it is in Latvia’s interests that by 2050 the EU becomes the first climate neutral continent, meaning that it achieves climate neutrality or the so-called net zero emission level. Such a state of affairs would offer the opportunity for contributing to the mitigations of global climate change while modernizing the EU economies and thereby increasing competitiveness.
In a discussion on EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027, Latvia is interested in achieving a timely agreement with the right balance being struck between funding for traditional policies and new priorities. In these negotiations, Latvia stresses that it will stand up against a considerable reduction in funding for the Cohesion Policy and try to achieve the convergence of direct payments in agriculture. It is also important to ensure better access to programmes managed by the EU in a centralised manner, for instance, Horizon Europe.
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