With 2015 coming to an end, Latvia can look upon the year with pride and a sense of accomplishment. Having presided over the Council of the European Union for the first half of a trying year for the Union, the country of 2 million showed that great things can be achieved as long as one is willing to work hard and work together. We will not admire our success for too long, as the work quickly continues with the Latvian capital city hosting the 10th annual security and foreign policy forum – The Rīga Conference 2015,where many of the priorities of the presidency will continue to be discussed.
The topics on the agenda this year include the rise of geoeconomics and the need to foster free markets, NATO’s role in defence of global stability and its response to the “New Generation” warfare, and the future of European order among others. The Rīga Conference 2015 will welcome speakers such as Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia Mr Miroslav Lajčak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Mr Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Mr Børge Brende and others.
By tradition, the conference aims to involve audiences beyond the walls of the conference venue through a live broadcast on www.rigaconference.lv and Twitter debate using the hashtag #RigaConf. This year, the conference takes place on the 6th and 7th of November. We welcome every interested individual to participate in the debate and drive the agenda alongside distinguished speakers and participants. The programme, the list of speakers and other information about the conference can be found online at www.rigaconference.lv