Events during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

March, 2015 
During the annual Creative action week “Radi!”(CREATE!) in Latvia three international conferences were organized in Riga:

March 9 and 10
Conference on “Strengthening the European Audiovisual Media Market for the Development of the European Identity”
The conference examined the need to strengthen the European audiovisual media market so that it can respond to the challenges of the fast pace of advances in technology, increasing global competition, changing consumer habits and the perceived threat to media pluralism in the context of the current geopolitical situation. 
In plenary sessions conference participants discussed the following issues: The regulatory framework – does the scope of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive take into account rapid technological developments and new business models? The implementation of the country of origin principle for audiovisual media services. How to ensure plurality and values in a converged media environment: the role of monitoring of media freedom and pluralism at national level. At a time of media convergence, is different regulation for linear and non-linear services still necessary?
Parallel working groups looked at how the independence of regulators can be strengthened, whether there is a case for a single European standard to ensure technical compatibility and how we can improve consumers’ access to and the findability of the content they want.

March 11 and 12
Conference on “Cultural and Creative Crossovers: partnering culture with other sectors to maximize creativity, growth and social innovation”
The conference aimed to raise awareness of potential of cultural and creative industries cross-overs as an input for development of other sectors – education, economy, technologies and social innovation, foster social cohesion and cultural diversity, and give a boost to smart urban planning and regional development with an overarching goal to sustain the well-being of the society. The conference included a large number of best practice cases, and applied design thinking methodologies as a key tool to create ideas and develop creative partnerships in a truly interactive and reflective environment.

March 12 and 13
Conference on “Heritage, contemporary architecture and design in interaction”
The conference raised awareness of and promoted a discussion about the quality of the development of the cultural and historical environment, focusing on the role of contemporary architecture and design in supplementing and emphasising existing values. It aimed to promote better dialogue and mutual understanding among the main partners in the field of cultural heritage. This included the owners of cultural monuments, architects, builders, designers, investors, planning specialists, local governments, local residents and civil society organisations. At the same time, the aim of the conference was to seek a conceptual agreement among experts from these sectors in Europe about the main principles in the field of cultural heritage, contemporary architecture and high-quality design. Interaction among these can facilitate the planning of the Europe 2020 strategy in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive development that leads to the main goal – the quality of human life.  

March 17 and 18
Europeana Strategy Meeting
Europeana high-level strategy and policy meeting to identify best practices and make recommendations for the reuse cultural heritage material, collated under Europeana, in education and creative industries. The event was built upon the work started in Athens and Rome meetings, and during the event recommendations for policy makers at national and EU levels for reuse of cultural materials in education were finalised and the first set of recommendations for reuse of cultural materials in creative industries was developed.

March 26 and 27
Seminar on "Copyright Exceptions and Limitations within the Scope of Review of the EU Copyright Framework" and informal meeting of the Copyright Working Party
The themes were: the limitations of and exceptions to rights, when revising the EU copyright rules – the diverse impact on the functioning of the single market, the need to implement new limitations and exceptions, the level of harmonization, cross-border impact and recognition of the rights.

April 8 – 9
Informal Meeting of "Europe for Citizens" Points
Informal meetings of Europe for Citizens Points take place twice a year in the countries holding the Presidency of EU Council. The meeting serves as an opportunity for the coordinating bodies of the programme “Europe for Citizens” to discuss implementation and results of this Programme, as well as provides an opportunity to share practical information and insights on the future perspectives at national and European level.
*An associated event 

May 8
23rd EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting and EBLIDA-NAPLE Forum: Making Europe of Readers
23rd EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) Annual Council Meeting and EBLIDA-NAPLE (National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe) Forum. This event was the most significant annual library forum in Europe. The theme of the Riga meeting was “Making Europe of Readers”, and during the conference topics concerning the role of libraries in society, support for literacy and lifelong learning processes, as well as e-lending in libraries were discussed.

June 19 and 20
Meeting of the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA) and Meeting of the European Archives Group (EAG)
During the EBNA meeting, participants discussed the place and the role of archives in the digital era, the management and statistics of archives, and copyright, personal data protection and access to archives.

Calendar of all Latvian Presidency Events

Cultural programme of Latvian presidency of the Council of EU 
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