The 25th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

On 28 – 30 August 2016 in Riga (Latvia), the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference held its 25th annual conference. Around 200 parliamentarians, government representatives, ambassadors of the Baltic Sea States in Latvia, experts and other invited guests participated in the Conference. Delegation of the Baltic Assembly was represented by Dr Jānis Vucāns (Latvia), Ms Giedrė Purvaneckienė (Lithuanai), Mr Romualds Ražuks (Latvia), Ms Irena Šiaulienė (Lithuania) and Mr Veiko Spolītis (Latvia).

The Conference took place under the heading “High Quality Education and Labour – The Future of the Baltic Sea Region”. It was divided into three thematic sessions. During first session “Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region”, the parliamentarians held a debate about the state of the region and cooperation between the Baltic Sea States. The second session “How to develop competitiveness in the Baltic Sea Region by linking education and the labour market” focused on the needs of the labour market and strengthening of cooperation in higher education as well as promotion of corporate social responsibility for systematic and sustainable introduction of work-based learning. The third session “Realising employment opportunities – Improving labour mobility and combating youth unemployment” discussed trends, causes and solutions of the labour market. Among speakers of the Conference were the Vice President of the European Commission, Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and Speaker of the Serbian Parliament, Ms Maja Gojkovic, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Latvian Minister for Education and Science, Mr Kārlis Šadurskis, the Latvian Minister of Welfare, Mr Jānis Reirs, the Lithuanian Minister of Social Security and Labour, Ms Algimanta Pabedinskienė, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Labour and Social Affairs Ministry, Ms Annete Kramme, the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Mr Thor Kleppen Sættem, the former EU-Commissioner and Danish cabinet minister, Mr Poul Nielson, the President of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions and Co-President of the Baltic Sea Trade Union Network, Mr Jan Guz as well as representatives of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, of HELCOM, the Baltic Sea NGO Forum and the Baltic Sea Labour Forum.


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Photos by Chancellary of Saeima (author Reinis Inkēns)





Photos by Chancellary of Saeima (author Ernests Dinka)