On 26 and 27 May Riga is hosting an annual seminar of young diplomats from the Baltic and Nordic countries (NB8) – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.
The young diplomats are reviewing priorities for cooperation between the Baltic and Nordic countries this year, and taking part in discussions on the strengthening of the independent media, energy security, and reinforcing of security in the region. They are invited to share views on Baltic-Nordic cooperation in the past 25 years since the international recognition of the renewal of the Baltic States’ independence and on future prospects for such cooperation.
The participants of the seminar will also visit the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament) and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.
In 2016, on a rotational basis, it is now Latvia’s turn to coordinate cooperation between the Baltic States and Nordic countries in the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) format and the following priorities have been set: strengthening security in the region, including energy security; strategic communication; cyber-security; the fight against hybrid threats; and support for the EU Eastern Partnership.
The NB8 young diplomats’ seminar was first organised by Sweden in 2008. Latvia has already once hosted such an event when it was coordinating NB8 cooperation in 2010.
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