Cabinet meeting will hit the road

Latvia's cabinet of ministers will take to the road next week and hold the first official government meeting outside Riga in more than ten years, the government office announced November 10.

"In order to discuss regional challenges, on Wednesday, 16 November, the current government will meet in Liepaja," an announcement said.

The agenda will be tailored to issues of particular concern to Latvia's third-largest city, which is located on the Baltic coastline, with topics including coastal infrastructure, military bases and the construction of a new prison in Liepaja. 

The government will listen to a Liepaja City Council report on the local economy.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said the road trip was long overdue and would be a good opportunity to break free of the Riga bubble. 

"After a gap of nearly 10 years, a government meeting will be held outside the cabinet building and it will be a chance to get together with the local government, national organizations authorities and non-governmental organizations to devote the day to productive discussions."

The government is extending an invitation to all interested Liepaja residents to attend the sitting, which will also be streamed live on the internet,

The discussion's timing is particularly appropriate, taking place just two days before Latvia celebrates its independence day. Liepaja has an important place in governmental history, having served briefly as Latvia's de facto capital during the struggle for independence as this interesting account explains.

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