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Latvian Presidency Priorities for Development Cooperation

Which is the context, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is embedded in? Which main topics concerning development cooperation will be addressed? What are the pritority areas of LAPAS, the Latvian development CSO platform, during the EU Presidency and how can CSOs from in and outside Lativa engage?


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In the first half of 2015 Latvia will for the first time hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union (from now on referred to as the ‘presidency’). Holding the presidency means being at the very centre of EU policy making by setting the Council’s agenda for six months.
The priorities of the Latvian Presidency in development cooperation will reflect the Trio Presidency – Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg – joint programme and especially focus on a common and strong position of the EU on the Post-2015 development framework, financing for development issues, gender equality and good governance. The Latvian Presidency also plans to work on closer cooperation of the EU with Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries.
This policy digest will look at the wider context of the Latvian Presidency, the main topics concerning development cooperation what will be addressed, explain ideas behind LAPAS’ - the Latvian development CSO platform - priority areas during the presidency and identify opportunities for engagement with the Latvian Presidency for CSOs outside Latvia.

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