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The Latvian EU Presidency begins in 2015!

A partner in cross border cooperation project “Baltic ICT Platform” – Riga IT Demo Centre will represent Latvian IT sector during the Presidency. At the end of 2014 Riga IT Demo Centre has been moved to the new building of National Library of Latvia – Castle of Light. The first half of the year 2015, Riga IT Demo Centre will be working in close cooperation of Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. More than 200 events and about 30 000 visitors are planned for the first half of 2015 most of which will be held at National Library of Latvia. Read more about the success story of the project „Baltic ICT Platform”.

Main tasks of the presidency:

• organise Council’s work and chair meetings at all levels

There will be around 1500 meetings of different levels in Brussels and Luxembourg as well as around 200 meetings in Latvia during the Presidency.

• Presidency chairs:
o EU Council’s meetings (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council)
o Meetings of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER)
o Meetings of working parties and committees

The presidency ensures that discussions are conducted properly and that the Council's rules of procedure and working methods are correctly applied. It also organises various formal and informal meetings in Brussels and in the country of the rotating presidency.

• represent the Council in relations with the other EU institutions and globally

The presidency represents the Council in relations with the other EU institutions; it cooperates with other Member States and General Secretariat of the EU Council, the Commission, European Parliament and the President of the European Council. The presidency represents the Council also outside the EU.

Presidency is not all about politics. It is a responsibility and a unique opportunity for all of us personally - to work together, expand borders of cooperation, and raise awareness of each other. Rotating presidencies is an opportunity to get to know European diversity in order to grow stronger together and to govern, organise and influence our futures better and better.

Presidency logo

Designing a special and unique logo has become a tradition for every country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It tells a story of each country – a story that roots from individual history and traditions, but at the same time – reaches towards the united future of the European Union.

The logo will be one of the most visible symbols during the Latvian Presidency. It will be used in documents, publications and presentations, as well as for souvenirs and objects in different environments, including the digital one. The Latvian Presidency logo will also adorn buildings of the Council of the EU in Brussels, event venues and brochures all around the world.

The logo for the Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union is based on the classic image of the grinding stone. The circular stone has been known throughout Europe for centuries and is rich in associations. The grinding stone was once a significant innovation and a trigger of change in households across Europe. Today, it remains the instrument that brings about bread, the symbol of nourishment and prosperity. Made from stone, it can endure centuries of motion and still sustain productivity. The circular shape of the grinding stone suggests unity and wholeness – the commonly held ideals and values upon which the European project is built.

The dynamic movement of the rotating grinding stone brings about energy and growth with which Europe meets new challenges. With Latvia at the wheel, Europeans are certain to gain new perspectives.
"The logo of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is quite a precise reflection of the nature of the upcoming Latvian Presidency – it will be stable, development oriented and as thorough as the character of Latvian people. Latvian Presidency – the profound grinding stone that rotates and steers forward the whole European Union, solving issues and strengthening the overall role of the Union itself" - Edgars Rinkēvičš, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Graphic designer Gunārs Lūsis is the author of the Latvian Presidency logo. He is best known as the “Father of the Latvian Lat” who created the concept and design of first metallic coins after Latvia regained independence over twenty years ago.

Latvia joined the Eurozone last year and will now begin its first Presidency of the Council of the European Union, becoming a full-fledged member of the EU family. It is therefore especially symbolical that Gunārs Lūsis is the one who designed logo of the first Latvian Presidency – another fresh and challenging beginning.

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