Minister of State Michael Roth is today (20 December) travelling to Latvia to pay his first official visit since assuming office. He will be meeting his counterpart in the Latvian Foreign Ministry, State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovics. The topics on the agenda include the future of Europe and the consolidation of economic and monetary union.
Latvia has made tremendous efforts to stabilise the country. These efforts have imposed a huge burden on the Latvian people.
We must not forget that Europe will only stand safely on two pillars. It must be both socially and economically stable.
As of 1 January 2014 Latvia will become the 18th member of the eurozone, in what is a demonstration of confidence in our single currency.
Latvia will assume the EU Council Presidency in 2015 after Greece and Italy. Other items likely to be discussed during Minister of State Roth’s visit are the EU’s relationship with Russia and the Eastern Partnership, particularly relations with Ukraine.