Declaration on the Intended Activities of the Cabinet of Ministers
1 December 2004
Excerpt [Foreign Affairs]
Capacity of the Latvian foreign affairs service to implement a foreign policy that serves Latvia's national interests
1. Approval of a new conceptual document on foreign affairs.
2. Enhancement of knowledge and practical skills of employees in the Latvian foreign affairs service by performing the initial work on establishing the Academy of Diplomacy.
3. Broadening of the network of Latvia's diplomatic missions. The prospects for the future include Egypt, Japan and Latin America.
4. Improvement of the technical facilities for the diplomatic service to ensure its correspondence with the present-day requirements.
5. The Latvian Institute, under supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will develop an image-building programme for Latvia through involving well known marketing and advertising professionals. The activities aimed at popularising Latvia's name will include more active involvement of our diplomatic missions.
6. Work on the establishment of a research institute of strategic partners.
Latvia's national interests in the European Union
7. Further de facto integration of Latvia in the European Union.
8. Enhancement of public administration and human resources in order to fully employ the opportunities provided through Latvia's membership (common foreign policy, monetary union, Schengen zone etc.).
9. Promotion of the formation of an effective and uniform EU foreign and security policy to enable the EU's capacity to actively involve in the development of the global policy.
10. Promotion of the further development of the European Union in line with the principles of solidarity and equality of all the Member States.
11. Active involvement in. shaping and implementing future EU policies and initiatives according to the Latvia's national interests. Support the position that the EU's main function is to ensure welfare of the citizens of its member states and the enhancement of its economic competitiveness.
12. Committed work to ensure that Latvia is on equal footing with other member states in receiving and utilizing the EU funding and that such EU legislation is adopted which provides for Latvia's economic growth.
13. Strengthening of Latvia's energy security within the European Union.
14. Implementation of an active bilateral policy with the EU member states and promotion of our interests in EU-related issues.
15. Employment of the opportunities open through full-fledged membership in the European Union in order to fulfil Latvia's foreign policy objectives concerning non-community countries.
16. Increased coordination of EU affairs in Latvia and Latvia's increased presence in the EU bodies in Brussels.
17. Protection of the interests of Latvian businesses in other EU member states through the promotion of free movement of goods, labour, capital and services throughout the European Union.
18. Promotion of the strengthening of the EU external border, its full functionality and joint responsibility for it among all the member states.
19. Promotion of an increased role of the enlarged European Union in the new neighbouring countries. Particular focus on the EU relations with the East European countries - Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and in the Caucasus region - Georgia. Support to the integration of these countries in the EU political and economic space.
20. Involvement in the further EU-Russia dialogue in line with Latvia's interests.
21. Support and promotion of a strengthened common strategic vision of the EU and the USA.
Ensuring national security through active membership in NATO and the EU and strengthening of bilateral cooperation with the USA
22. Involvement in the elaboration of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). Contribution to the formation of the European Joint Rapid Reaction Forces and other military and civil cooperation projects, including participation in the work of the European Arms Agency. Joint work with other EU member states in the formation of combat units.
23. Enhancement, through participation in the ESDP and membership in NATO, of security and protection of Latvia and its residents against new threats such as international terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
24. Active strengthening of NATO as the foundation of security of the Euro-Atlantic space in order to have an efficient, consolidated and high-capacity Alliance.
25. Support to an increased role of the NATO in providing security and stability in the regions and countries that are of high importance for the Alliance.
26. Participation in the formation of NATO Rapid Reaction Forces and strengthening of NATO's operability.
27. Further support to Latvia's participation in NATO, EU and United Nations peacekeeping missions. Active cooperation with Latvia's allies to strengthen the security of Latvia.
28. Increased cooperation in security matters with the USA, strengthening of the Transatlantic links and solidarity among the allies.
29. Enhancement and improvement of the control and export system of Latvia's strategic goods.
External economic dimension - a key priority in Latvia's foreign policy
30. Employment of experience gained in external economic cooperation and of the opportunities presented by the EU internal market for the creation of a more favourable business environment and competitive Latvian economic structure and for the reduction of social and economic gaps and risks.
31. Improved work on determining export opportunities in traditional and non-traditional export markets of Latvia.
32. Development of Latvia's assistance strategy for partner countries.
33. Implementation of the measures necessary for membership in the OECD.
34. Employment of the advantages of Latvia's membership in the European Union in order to develop economic relations with Russia and other CIS countries.
35. Promotion of improvements in the business environment in the EU neighbouring countries in which Latvia has essential economic interests.
36. Development of the capacity of the Latvian diplomatic missions to promote the interests of Latvian businesses abroad.
37. Expansion and strengthening of the network of Latvia's economic representatives abroad.
Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region
38. Promotion of increased cooperation among the North-European countries focusing on cooperation among the Baltic States, Baltic-Nordic cooperation in the format 3+3, and cooperation of the Nordic-Baltic 8.
39. Assessment of conceptual and practical prospects for closer cooperation between the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers on the one hand and the bodies of the Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers on the other. Joint work within theses structures in order to coordinate standpoints of the countries involved with regard to EU issues.
40. Fostering of the discussion among the countries of the Baltic Sea region on the possible involvement of regional cooperation structures in the EU Neighbourhood Policy.
41. Support to increased cooperation between the Nordic-Baltic 8 and the USA under the E-PINE initiative.
Cultural, political and economic contacts with Latvians living abroad
42. Efforts to ensure opportunities for Latvians living abroad to maintain close contacts with Latvia. Increased focus on the long-term Latvian Diaspora Support Programme. Use of various means to provide education opportunities for these Latvians in Latvian schools abroad and in Latvia.
43. Increasing of Latvia's capacity to provide legal protection for Latvia's citizens and residents abroad.
Declaration of the Cabinet of Ministers [full text] (01.12.2004)