|Raimonds Véjonis (Latvian Green Party – Centrist party, since 2015)
Māris Kučinskis (Union of Greens and Farmers, since 2016)
|Size||34,300 km2 (88,900 sq. miles)|
|MEPs||8 (joined the EU in 2004)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
|Presidency of the Council||July – December 2028|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||16 December 2016, at EU Summit|
|Brexit priorities||It will be important for the Latvian Government to keep cooperating closely with the UK in the area of defence and security, as the UK is an important NATO partner that Latvia needs now it is facing security threats from Russia.
As Latvia receives many EU funds, it will also look closely at how Brexit might impact the EU’s budget, as the UK is a large contributor.
Furthermore, with 160,000 Latvians living in the UK, the Latvian Government will seek to protect their rights as residents of the UK.
|What Mr Kučinskis said on Brexit||3 February 2017
“What is most important is to think about a beneficial partnership (and) find an amicable solution to all of this.”
“There are negotiators who are taking care of the best possible deal for both sides so that’s the top priority at the moment.”
“Every member state is looking to build the best possible trading relationship with the UK and I think that the whole union will also benefit from a strong trading relationship with the UK,”
21 February 2017
“We see an opportunity for our companies and organizations to use Brexit for the creation of new synergies – we offer Latvia as a convenient place for opening businesses, education institutions and representations of financial services in EU territory.”
|Latvia’s priorities||The Government’s priorities are to strengthen the economy, invest in education and health and deal with growing security concerns over Russia. Latvia will increase its defense budget to 2% of GDP in 2018, as stipulated by NATO rules.|
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