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Economic Growth and Social Progress in Rural and Urban Areas

Riga, Latvia

On Wednesday 25 March 2015, the Various Intersts' Group of the EESC held an extraordinary meeting in Riga, in the form of a large conference, to mark the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The Keynote addresses were given by Andris Piebalgs, Former EU Commissioner, Advisor to the President of Latvia on: "Economic growth and social progress in Latvia – the influence of the energy sector" and Sergejs Kruks, Professor of Riga Stradina University who will address the issue of "Latvian crisis management: social and communication aspects."

The main objective of the conference was to examine ways of stimulating economic growth and social progress, in the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis. The event also explored how the EU can assist in this process and the contribution to be made by civil society in both rural and urban areas. Over 150 participants representing a wide cross-section of Latvian civil society organisations attended. The event attracted a wide spectrum of Latvian civil society actors to the event, including farmer and consumer organisations, SMEs, representatives of industry, the Social Partners, as well as charities, family, voluntary and youth associations.