The official logo for Riga Summit of NATO Heads of State and Government was presented in Riga on May 17, 2006. It was chosen among 148 works of Latvia's artists that participated in the national competition for Riga NATO Summit logo design. The final decision was made by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer who approved the work of Latvian artist Uldis Freimanis under the slogan „Riga - the historical crossroads".
In the complimentary letter to the winning artist NATO Secretary General wrote that "the beautiful design captures the Riga skyline and thereby highlights the important role Riga will play on the international scene when it hosts the 26 NATO Heads of State and Government."
Likewise, Mr. Freimanis explained that he was trying to underline the historical role of Riga through NATO Summit logo. Already since the end of 12th century important European events have taken place in Riga that have later influenced the course of the history. The upcoming NATO Summit in Riga will also be as important crossroads where decisions of future European and global security strategy will be taken.