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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."


With the backing of the EESC, seventy European rural organisations will gather at the first European Rural Parliament in order to place issues of rural communities on the agenda of the European Union and to make an impact on the policies shaping their lives. The European Rural Parliament will be held on 13 November 2013, from 09.00 AM to 17.00 PM in Brussels, at the European Economic and Social Committee.


The EESC organised on 13 April a public hearing with experts and civil society representatives on the EU's rural development programmes (RDPs).

The conference reviewed the strategic direction of the funds and evaluated their contribution to rejuvenating rural areas, in particular the most disadvantaged. The aim was to highlight good practice and draw attention to potential weaknesses of the programmes.

April 2015

Newsletter of the Various Interests Group of the EESC


Europe III - April 2015