On 7 December 2016 the Baltic Science Network was presented to the Latvian parliamentarians during the meeting of the Baltic Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science. This meeting served to discuss the project in a more nuanced manner following the Joint Statement adopted by the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers on 28 October 2016.
 
Dr. Agrita Kiopa, Deputy State Secretary and Director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department at the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and Inga Jēkabsone, Deputy Director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department at Latvian Ministry of Education and Science introduced the members of Saeima to the main goals of the Interreg project, its planned results, as well as the activities undertaken by the Ministry as one of the partners of the project.
 
Special emphasis was paid to explain how the Latvian engagement in Baltic Science Network will serve to further the interests of Latvia as one of the countries which aims at actively engaging in the implementation of the next Framework Programme in order to further its accelerated innovation performance and develop research infrastructure. In this context, it should be also noted that the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 outlined Latvia´s outstanding pace and leading position in terms of enhancing its innovation potential.
 
The Latvian engagement in the Baltic Science Network was welcomed by the Latvian parliamentarians. In response to the enquiry, the Ministry expressed its readiness to proceed with similar presentations and discussions in order to inform the members of Parliament about the upcoming developments of the project as well as its results.
 
As outlined, the Baltic Science Network has been endorsed by the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers under the Joint Statement´s section Education, Science and Culture: “The Baltic States are actively participating in the INTERREG project “Baltic Science Network” in order to further develop the Baltic research infrastructure mapping and joint strategies for scientific excellence, to align policies on widening participation in future EU programmes on research and innovation, as well as to improve the mobility tools in research and higher education.”
 
For a more detailed outline on the proceedings of the meeting in Latvian, please proceed to the website of the Ministry of Education and Science here.