Latvia against EU's proposed "ambiguous experiments"

On 18 October 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, participated in the meeting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg, using the opportunity to raise objections to a proposal concerning reform of European Parliament elections.

"Edgars Rinkēvičs was disapproving of the European Parliament’s proposals to create an EU-wide constituency and to call a Convention for the revision of the main EU Treaties: he pointed out that, with the war under way, this was not the right time for such ambiguous experiments and the EU should focus on addressing the geopolitical and energy crisis," the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"The Foreign Minister also noted that in the upcoming European Council debate, Latvia would pay special attention to topics involving Ukraine and energy. EU leaders should continue with their unwavering support for Ukraine and decide on further assistance to Ukraine as it is defending itself against the increasing Russian aggression, and to the country’s economy and reconstruction. Latvia will also call on EU leaders to support the initiative on the establishment of a special tribunal to punish Russia’s crime of aggression against Ukraine. Latvia stands up for expanding sanctions on Russia, as well as on Belarus for supporting Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Edgars Rinkēvičs said," according to the statement. 

Meetings of the General Affairs Council are held once a month. In the second half of 2022, the meetings of the General Affairs Council are chaired by the Czech Republic, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of the EU.

 

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