Workshop – “EU Presidency and EU External Relations” by Mr. Andris Piebalgs

March 6, 2015 to March 27, 2015

Series of discussions with Former Commissioner Mr.Andris Piebalgs within the LECSA WORKSHOP- 2015 “EU PRESIDENCY AND EU EXTERNAL RELATIONS”  were organised on 6 March, 20 March and 27 March 2015 at the Small Hall, University of Latvia (Raiņa blvd. 19, Riga).

LECSA in close cooperation with the University of Latvia, European Studies Master Programme, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the Centre for European and Transition Studies offers the series of discussion within the LECSA workshop at the University of Latvia by Mr. Andris Piebalgs, Adviser of the President of the Republic of Latvia on European and Economic Affairs, former Commissioner from Latvia to the European Commission.

Mr Andris Piebalgs will discuss with researchers, doctoral and masters’ students and other public major trends related to EU External Policies (Development Policy and Neighbourhood Policy), Energy Policy and Budgetary Policy in the context of Latvian Presidency in the EU. The discussions include the role and function of the EU institutions, EU Presidency and priorities of Latvia Presidency.

Dates of discussion series: 6 March, 20 March and 27 March 2015.

The series of discussions cover topics about European Union’s (EU) energy policy (March 6, 2015), EU development cooperation (March 20, 2015) and EU budget policy (May 27, 2015) and are based on Mr. Andris Piebalgs` extensive experience obtained during 10 years of work for the European Commission in capacity of the Commissioner for Energy (2004-2009), the Commissioner for Development (2010-2014) and the Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget ( second half of 2014). Taking into account an increasing share of foreign students and researchers in Latvia through ERASMUS and other academic exchange programs the guest lectures provided in English.

Over 100 participants – professors, master and doctoral students (including Erasmus students) from various universities in Latvia, researchers, experts and representatives of public authorities and NGO organisations as well as open public – participated at the series of discussion within the LECSA workshop.

You can find videos of the discussion series by Mr. Andris Piebalgs, online at University of Latvia YouTube channel:

Videos of the 3rd discussion “EU Budget Policy by Mr. Andris Piebalgs on March 27, 2015:

Videos of the 2nd discussion “EU Development Cooperation Policy” by Mr. Andris Piebalgs on March 20, 2015:

Videos of the 1st discussion “EU Energy Policy” by Mr. Andris Piebalgs on March 6, 2015:



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