Doors wide open for Europe Day

Latvia's Foreign Ministry, foreign embassies and the European Commission Representation office in Riga will all open their doors to the public for “Europe Day” on Monday.

To mark “Europe Day”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) together with several foreign embassies is inviting all-comers to participate in an Open Doors Day on 9 May from 13.30 to 16.30.

At 13.30, in the lobby of the Foreign Ministry building, visitors will be greeted with amusical performance offered by the recently established Latvian Diplomatic Choir under the guidance of conductor Jānis Ozols.

From 13.35 to 16.40, there will be interactive discussions on the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU and challenges that the EU is facing. The discussions will be opened by Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 14.45 to 15.00, all interested will have an opportunity to test the extent of their knowledge with a quiz on the European Union in Latvian or English.

Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see certified copies of the principal agreements on Latvia’s accession to the European Union.

Separate documents and photographs will illustrate the milestones on Latvia’s path to the EU.

Of special interest to kids will be a video entitled “Kristaps and the EU: Euroclubs and Participation” (Kristaps un ES: eiroklubi un līdzdalība) and drawings by children from Šķibe Primary School that are on display; the drawings show what the children wish for the EU and what they expect from it.

Also opening their doors to visitors are a number of foreign embassies in Riga, though sadly far from all EU member states will be joining in.

However, the embassies of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Sweden will all join in.

Europe Day is organised in cooperation with the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia.

If you decide to take part, remember to take some photo ID with you.Please be ready to show your photo ID upon arrival at the Foreign Ministry.

For more information visit the Foreign Ministry's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/arlietas

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis will open an exhibition of large-format photographs outside the Cabinet of Ministers building in central Riga to mark Europe Day. You can preview the images HERE.

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