On 1 March, at 13:00, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Latvia, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) will organise a public event on the Baltic States’ foreign policies within the EU in 2015 and a presentation of the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2016 (Scorecard 2016). The keynote speakers of the event are the former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovičs.
The refugee crisis, conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, crisis in Greece and prospects of BREXIT, along with the growing euro-scepticism and nationalism in Europe has been a hard year for the EU and its unity. 2015 proved that almost all member states have “red lines” in their support for the European integration project.
Scorecard is a research project that aims to evaluate the EU’s relations with other international players on an annual basis. It considers the input of the EU institutions and individual member states in the common foreign policy aspirations. In 2015 the Baltic States were recognised as “leaders” in push for the sanctions against Russia and active engagement in the Eastern Partnership. Meanwhile, some of the values that are important for the “old” Europe proved distant for the Baltic States. Latvia and Lithuania were deemed as “slackers” humanitarian aid provision for the refugees; while Estonia and Lithuania were “slackers” in their dedication to improvement of the human rights’ situation in China.
The key note speeches will be delivered by the former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrejs Pildegovičs. Among the speakers will be Dina Pardijs (ECFR, UK), and foreign policy researchers from the three Baltic States Viljar Veebel (Estonian National Defence College), Margarita Šešelgytė (Vilnius University, Lithuania) and Ilvija Bruģe (researcher at LIIA). The discussion will be moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of LIIA; Professor at RSU).
Venue and time: 1 March 2016, 13:00-15:00 Rīga Stradiņš University (16 Dzirciema Street, Hippocrates lecture-theatre).
Registration open until 29 February: http://ej.uz/Scorecard2016
The working language of the event is English.