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Saeima Chairwoman acquires Luxembourg's support for Latvia's presidency over EU

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Solvita Aboltina

“With Latvia’s first presidency term over the Council of the European Union (EU) coming ever closer, we seek to develop closer relations with Luxembourg, which will help Latvia form a presidential trio with Italy,” – Saeima Chairwoman Solvita Aboltina emphasized in her March 12 meeting with Luxembourg’s parliamentary secretary Laurent Mosar.

“We seek to expand out cooperation with Luxembourg not just in terms of politics, but also on the level of industrial and administration experts. We also want to carry out joint diplomatic and cultural projects,” – she said.

This will be the first EU presidency term for Latvia. This is why the country has recently been carrying out all preliminary actions in order to prepare accordingly for this post. Aboltina noted that there have been several discussions about Latvia’s priorities and interests. “Last year’s discussions have determined several possible priority directions. Latvia will be ready to begin further discussions this year as well.”

Saeima’s Chairwoman emphasized the role of national parliaments in closer integration in the EU. Thereby Latvia hopes to show it is ready to be involved in discussions about the future of the EU and that it is highly important to involve also the public.

After discussing the current economic situation in Latvia, Aboltina noted that the country’s national economy, which was dealt a heavy blow by the financial and economic crisis, has now become one of the leaders among European member states in terms of economic growth. Latvia’s strategic goals include the joining of Eurozone and OECD.

“In 2012, Latvia had the most rapidly growing economy in the EU with a 5.5% increase in GDP. Latvia has been stably completing all Maastricht criteria since September last year, so that the country is able to join Eurozone next year,” – Saeima Chairwoman said.

As part of her visit to Luxembourg, Aboltina met with Luxembourg’s parliamentary officials – Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Defence, Cooperation and Immigration Commission Head Ben Fayot and members of the commission.


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