Praise for Latvia as Presidency winds down

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With Latvia's six-month grip on the rotating presidency of the European Union set to be released at the end of June, officials have already started summing up the effort. 

Speaking at a meeting of EU leaders on 25 June 2015 to discuss migration in Brussels, European council President Donald Tusk said the presidency had coped well with the various emergencies that had presented themselves since the it started at the beginning of the year, ranging from the charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. 

"The Latvian Presidency has been one of the most complicated ever, but its performance has been excellent and the job has been very well done," Tusk said.

Straujuma thanked Tusk for his good and close cooperation during the presidency, which on July 1 switches to Luxembourg until the end of the year.

However, the presidency isn't quite done yet with a meeting of EU and Central Asian education ministers taking place in Riga Friday, with several other meetings taking place at other venues before the whole thing is summed up at a closing press conference on Monday 29 June. 

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