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Prime Minister: EU climate policy is an opportunity for Latvia

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«Until now Latvia’s involvement in climate policy has been passive. We have to radically change our approach – from a country that unwillingly accepts decisions made by others we have to become a country that is one of the main decision-makers in the European Union,» said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during an informal meeting of the European Council in Romania dedicated to EU’s strategic goals for the next five years.

He stresses that climate change is one of the biggest challenges for the EU and the rest of the world. Along, he said, countries are unable to resolve challenges on their own – they have to actively cooperate and act.

«Latvia joined the group of EU member states that believe Europe needs to seriously discuss climate change and divert more resources to resolve this global problem. This is also an opportunity for us – with investments from the European Union in cohesion policy it would be possible to reform Latvia’s national economy so that it is able to create and offer different technological solutions and services for the prevention of climate change on a global level,» added Kariņš.

During the informal meeting, Latvia joined the invitation from Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden to execute a more ambitious strategy for climate change prevention.

The prime minister said during discussions that the in the base of EU’s development lies a unified market that allows countries to compete globally with countries like China, India and USA. It is important to continue improving and strengthening the market. It is necessary to go further with the banking union and introduce centralized money laundering prevention system.

Latvia’s prime minister stressed the need to equalize life in the EU more rapidly, at the same time ensuring equal investments from EU funds in research and development across all of the European Union. The next EU multi-year budget should serve this goal.

For the future of the European Union, member states have to continue close cooperation in enhancement of external borders and fight against disinformation, said the prime minister.


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