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Latvian IT Cluster is among other foreign and local partners presenting cooperation opportunities and dissussing the weak points in BSR development.

On 21 September, the Ministry of Foreign affairs will host an international working seminar, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: Incentive for Innovative Entrepreneurship

The European Union (EU) Strategy for Baltic Sea Region is one of the EU initiatives in the development of which Latvia has been involved from the very origins of the idea when on 15 November 2005 the then Member of the European Parliament and the current foreign minister Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis together with six other MEPs from the Baltic Europe Intergroup issued a report on the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The strategy offers an opportunity to better co-ordinate and make use of support made available by the EU, regional, national and international financial institutions in the Baltic Sea Region for the implementation of joint projects.

The seminar aims at raising awareness among ministries, local authorities and academic institutions in Latvia on the role of the strategy in the region and activating Latvia’s entrepreneurs encouraging them to use the strategy as a platform for implementing regional co-operation projects. In the context of the strategy, the seminar audience will be introduced to the vision of Latvia’s key institutions regarding innovative entrepreneurship and the European Commission’s recommendations on the allocation of EU Structural Funds. The participants will receive information about best regional practices in eliminating ‘knowledge deficit’ and learn about achievements in neighbouring countries and latest trends in the field of innovation.

The seminar will be opened by Artis Bērtulis, Ambassador, Head of the EU Directorate of the Foreign Ministry. Next, MEP Prof. Dr. oec. Inese Vaidere will speak about innovations as a priority in the EU 2020 Strategy and its links with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Three panel discussions will be moderated by Līga Meņģelsone, Director General of the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, Valdis Zagorskis, Deputy Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, and Baiba Liepa, Project Manager of the Interact Point Turku.

It should be noted in particular that Alasdair Reid, Director of the Brussels Office the multi-sectorial consulting company Technopolis Group will present a study on the current situation with innovation in the Baltic Sea Region. 

The seminar will be broadcast online at www.esmaja.lv. After the seminar, the presentation will be available on the Foreign Ministry website at www.am.gov.lv.

The event’s working languages are Latvian and English; simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

The seminar is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia in association with the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, the European Commission Representation in Latvia and the INTERACT Point Turku. Technical support is provided by SIA Lattelecom.

Live broadcast on 21st of September: http://www.esmaja.lv/