21.07.2016 Visit to Latvia by EFA MEPs, June 2016
On June 28-30, a European Free Alliance delegation has visited Latvia. MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras, Tatjana Zdanoka and Jordi Sebastia held meetings in the port cities of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja, related to the use of EU development funds, the linguistic rights of the Russian minority and the protection of the maritime ecosystem. A press conference in Riga concentrated upon impact of Brexit and the Spanish elections.
21.04.2016 Petition to the European Parliament on rights for non-citizens
As residents of Estonia and Latvia, we would like to draw your attention to the discrepancies within electoral rights systems of these Member States. Latvia and Estonia host a large number of de facto stateless persons who are former citizens of the Soviet Union, and consequently their descendants, who do not possess the citizenship of the state that they live and do not possess citizenship of any other state. These persons are considered of "undetermined citizenship" in Estonia and "non-citizens" in Latvia. According to data provided by these countries, the number of such persons was 252,017 in Latvia and 82,341 in Estonia at the beginning of 2016. This is a tremendous portion as the total population of these countries is approximately 2 million in Latvia and 1.3 million in Estonia. These persons are not allowed to participate in the European elections. However, they are included in the calculation for the allocation of electoral seats in the European Parliament. Additionally, rights on political participation are very limited for these persons, especially in comparison to EU citizens.
10.03.2016 Sergey Lavrov’s greeting to the organisers and participations of the Ninth European Russian Forum
I offer my warmest greetings to the organisers and participations of the Ninth European Russian Forum. Over the past few years, your meetings have become a respected platform for discussing a wide range of issues on the European agenda. In the current tense situation, your efforts are especially important for maintaining trust and mutual understanding on our large continent.