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Latvia’s presidency in EU in numbers and facts

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTuesday, 30 June, marks the last day of Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council. Latvia’s presidency’s Secretariat has compiled a list of the most interesting facts and statistics about this period:

Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council lasted 181 days;

A total of 1,680 events organized by Latvia’s presidency have been held in Latvia and Brussels;

53 Council of Ministers meetings have been led by Latvian representatives;

158 times Latvian ministers and high-rank officials have visited Brussels and Luxembourg;

64 hours is the total length of Latvia’s representation of the EU Council during meetings of the EU Parliament;

12.5 hours was the length of the longest trialogue in Brussels regarding the EU Strategic Investment Fund;

25,300 people participated in different presidency events in Latvia;

1,140 state officials were directly involved in the preparation and realization of the presidency;

831 cultural and public diplomacy events were held in 76 countries;

1,000,000 coins of 2 euro nominal value were released in honour of Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council;

200,000 post stamps with a nominal value of EUR 0.64 were released in dedication to Latvia’s presidency;

54,000 people came to visit European Space Expo in Riga;

800 kg is the total weight of books received by 70 libraries in 35 countries of the world;

17,000 tulips were planted outside of Latvian National Library, forming the symbol of the presidency;

800 journalists from more than 40 countries attended presidency events in Latvia;

864,520 unique visits to website. 670 news articles in Latvia and English and more than 400 news articles in French and German were published on that website.

370,349 minutes were spent watching videos posted on the official Youtube page of Latvia’s presidency;

1,957,300 visits made to the@es2015lv Twitter account;

4,863,000 visits made to the @eu2015lv Twitter account;

142 television channels in the world used free content from Europe by Satellite to create a total of 21 hours and 46 minute-long content;

2,687 km – the total distance covered by the marathon team of Latvian Foreign Ministry and presidency;

402,477 dance steps made using Facebook app ‘Keep in step with Latvians’;

3rd place was earned by Latvia’s presidency logo in the Trademark of the Year contest.


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