Latvia and Sweden talk Brexit and climate change in Rīga

On 9 October 2019 in Riga, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde, during which the Ministers discussed bilateral relations, current issues for the European Union (EU), international relations and cooperation in international organisations, the ministry reported.

"Edgars Rinkēvičs offered thanks to Sweden for the excellently organised EU Arctic Forum, which took place in the Swedish City of Umeå on 3-4 October, and he also expressed gratitude to the Swedish Institute for its funding in support of the Intensive Programme in European Law and Economics run by the Riga Graduate School of Law," a statement said.

"Our region is linked by shared challenges and goals: climate change, digitalisation, innovation and security. It is essential in the context of Brexit that a close relationship be maintained between the NB8 region and the United Kingdom, said Edgars Rinkēvičs at the meeting," the statement continued.

Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs noted that Latvia and Sweden both are countries aiming to go climate-neutral by 2050, whilst emphasising the need for urgent climate action at the national and EU level.

The Swedish theme to the week in Rīga continued October 10 with the regular sitting of the Saeima beginning with a speech by Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament who is on an official visit to Latvia. 

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