25 Aug - Handmade Latvia’s ethnographic mittens for NATO summit guests

To give a warmly welcome to the guests of the meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Riga, the organizers are planning to present a pair of unique, handmade Latvian ethnographic mittens to the members of NATO delegations and media representatives.

22 Aug - Ships from NATO states will arrive in Liepāja

On Friday, August 25, STANDING NATO MCM GROUP1 (SNMCMG1) will arrive in Liepāja in an unofficial visit. The SNMCMG1 is composed of 9 ships from eight different countries: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Germany. The purpose of this visit is to facilitate cooperation among Naval Forces of different countries, as well as to take an opportunity to provide recreation facilities for sailors. 

16 Aug - Art teachers will study NATO and its brand

During the following weeks almost 40 art teachers from Latvia will study NATO and the history of its brand in a series of seminars called “The way from idea till image and brand” organized by the NATO Summit Latvia Task Force in cooperation with the Art Education Centre “Trīs Krāsas” (Three Colours).

1 Aug - Minister of Defence discusses issue of visa-free regime with the USA

During the meeting in Washington with the Assistant Secretary of Condoleezza Rice for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried, the Latvian Minister of Defence discussed current issued in Iraq, as well as preparatory works of NATO Summit to be held in Rīga. Participants of negotiations admitted that the situation in Iraq still is inflammable and therefore its development should be followed carefully. However, in relation to Meeting of NATO Heads of States and Governments in Rīga representatives of the US and Latvia expressed their satisfaction on the successful preparatory works, also talked over the range of issued to be viewed in the Summit.

21 Jul - NATO information tent and air-balloon are visiting Jekabpils town during the town festival

On Saturday, July 22nd, the special NATO Information Tent and the NATO Riga Summit Air-balloon are visiting Jekabpils town during the town festival. The Latvian Transatlantic organization (LATO) in cooperation with NATO Riga Summit Task Force has launched the project “NATO Information Tent and Air-Balloon in the Latvian Town Festivals” which is visiting Latvian cities and towns during the summer period.

18 Jul - Delegations of NATO Member States to arrive in Riga for preparatory visit

As the Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government approaches, several delegations of NATO Member States will visit Riga in July in order to discuss topical issues regarding organization of NATO Summit.

Romanian and Polish delegations visited Riga on July 17th and 18th, on July 25th  representatives from Turkey and on July 26th  – a task group from Italy are to arrive in Riga. Representatives from the United Kingdom have already visited Latvia, while visits of delegations from Canada, Norway and Estonia are planned for September. 

14 Jul - President of Latvia meets NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga met NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Riga Castle today and discussed the NATO summit expected in Riga at the end of November. The President expressed satisfaction with the fact that Latvia and NATO actively co-operate for the successful organization of the summit and used the opportunity to thank both NATO Secretary-General and his team as well as the Latvian working group for their efforts in organizing the summit.

14 Jul - NATO Secretary General satisfied with the NATO Summit to be held in Riga

„I am sure Riga is an excellent choice for hosting the meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government”, the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said today at the meeting with the Head of NATO Summit Task Force Mr. Edgars Rinkevics and the Latvia Task Force. 

14 Jul - Foreign Minister Pabriks views co-operation with neighbouring countries as Latvia`s priority in NATO

On 14 July 2006, in Riga, Latvian Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks addressed the participants of the Young Leaders Forum Building Bridges for the Next Generation emphasising that one of Latvia's priorities in NATO is co-operation with partners, particularly with the countries of the neighbouring regions

14 Jul - Secretary General pleased with preparations for NATO Summit

On 14 July 2006, during the meeting with Latvian Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks, NATO Secretary General, Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, expressed his high appreciation of Latvia's current achievement in preparations for the NATO Summit. As Mr De Hoop Scheffer noted, "I am more than pleased. The preparations are impressive."

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Philippe Douste-Blazy

"Three major subjects to be tackled in Riga: the Alliance’s military modernization, enlargement and partnerships

Philippe Douste-Blazy,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of France