On 1-3 June, under the Latvian Presidency, an away day for the Committee of the European Social Fund (ESF) organised by the European Commission (EC) took place in Riga. At the meeting, state administration bodies from the EU Member States together with social partners discussed topical issues related to ESF implementation in each Member State.
EFSI: Last minor details agreed 31/01/2018
Today`s political trilogue on the EFSI regulation was productive and it was the last one. During the meeting, the last minor political issues were resolved on the proposed regulation on the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI).
On 4-5 June under the Latvian Presidency the meeting of the Council’s Working Party on the Customs Union will take place in Riga. Participants of the meeting will discuss topical issues of the customs policy and possibilities to facilitate further cooperation with the Eastern neighbouring countries of the European Union.
On May 29, 2015, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services affirmed its 'A-' long and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Latvia. The outlook is stable.
Latvian Presidency and the European Parliament on 28 May 2015 after lengthy discussions over 12,5 hours, turning to be the longest trialogue in the ECOFIN history, reached a provisional agreement on a regulation on a European fund for strategic investments (EFSI).
The European Union and Switzerland on 27 May 2015 signed an agreement on the automatic exchange of financial account information, aimed at improving international tax compliance.
On Friday, May 15, the international credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Latvia's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'A-'. The outlook is stable.
On 12 May, Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs chaired the Meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council where Ministers debated macroeconomic imbalances and structural reforms, sustainability of public finances and Investment Plan for Europe.
Riga, May 7, 2015. – On May 7–8, in Riga, within the framework of the Latvian Presidency a seminar is held for the heads of customs authorities of European Union Member States on the management of the EU external border and customs tasks to ensure civil protection. Priorities of the Latvian Presidency are economically growing, modern, safe and globally strong European Union. According to Finance Minister Janis Reirs, in the implementation of these priorities customs authorities play an important role, too.
During the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union the Customs 2020 High-Level Seminar on Management of the External Border of the European Union (EU) will take place on 7 – 8 May 2015 in Riga. The representatives of Customs Administrations of EU Member States, taking into account the growing role of safety in the whole Europe, will exchange views on the possibility to strengthen the control at the external borders of the EU ensuring fast border crossing for the persons at the same time.
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