Informal EU Council Meetings of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs
29-30 January 2015, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
It is a two-day meeting: the Ministers for Home Affairs meet on the first day on 29 January, and the Ministers for Justice on the second day on 30 January.
The Informal EU Council Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs will bring together Member State Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs and representatives from the European Commission, General Secretariat of the Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies.The main issues on the agenda in the area of Home Affairs are counter-terrorism and better management of migratory flows.
The main issues on the agenda in the area of Justice are personal data protection, further development of digital justice concept and judicial aspects of counter - terrorism.
On 29 January the second half of the day will be devoted to Joint EU and Eastern Partnership Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting on Reforms in the Judicial and Law enforcement area.
EU – US Senior Officials Meeting in the Area of Justice and Home Affairs
2-4 February 2015, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
The Agenda covers issues related to EU – US cooperation in justice and home affairs - migration, natural person data protection issues, judicial cooperation, foreign fighters, fight against terrorism and organised crime.
Conference on Intellectual Property Rights Protection
3-4 March, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
The Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia in the framework of the Presidency of Latvia of the European Union Council is organizing an international conference to emphasize the importance of intellectual property in the development of modern economy.
The event is organized in order to analyze recent developments, share experiences and discuss current issues of intellectual property rights protection and correlation with competitiveness of individual companies, economic growth and international cooperation. The focus will be drawn to forthcoming changes in the landscape of the intellectual property rights protection – European patent with unitary effect, Unified Patent Court, trademark reform, WIPO’s industrial design treaty. This conference will be a possibility to discuss the role of various institutions in IPR policy development, as well as matters concerning enforcement measures.
The Conference participants are EU MS representatives of intellectual property authorities, scientists, university and intellectual property area representatives and experts, manufacturers and other persons whose activity is already considerably influenced by intellectual property or who will gain economic advantages in the future by making full use of intellectual property protection possibilities. The Conference will be attended by the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the President of the European Patent Office, the President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs), as well as representatives of regional intellectual property protection organizations.
The Conference aims at getting an overview of intellectual property development and current issues in Europe, Latvia and the world.
Working Party on Hate Crime arranged by EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
30 March 2015, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
The Agenda of the meeting of the Working Party covers issues on cooperation references and the planned activity plan in the following areas: to facilitate reporting and improve identification of hate crimes; to facilitate partnerships of several agencies; to train public service providers.
Conference “Insolvency law in Europe: current trends and future perspectives”
April 23-24, 2015, resort town Jūrmala
The Conference will bring together academics, European and national legislators, representatives of governments and stakeholders to share experiences regarding national insolvency legal frameworks and discuss future trends from a European perspective.The Conference will focus on reforms intended to modernise European insolvency laws. An experience exchange will take place regarding the implementation of the Recommendation of 12 March 2014 on a new approach to business failure and insolvency. The Conference will also touch upon consumer over-indebtedness and consumer insolvency. The invited speakers will give an overview regarding other insolvency related aspects such as directors’ liability, avoidance actions, regulation of the insolvency practitioners and their importance in a EU context.The main objective of the conference is to discuss possible approaches to overcome challenges insolvency law is facing due to the rapidly changing economic circumstances today in Europe.
Conference on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
28-29 April 2015, Riga Graduate School of Law
The Conference Agenda includes topics discussing the role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights (hereinafter – the Charter) in the legislative process as well as its application by the European Court of Justice. The topics discussed will also take stock on the role of the Charter in building of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice five years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The Conference will also focus on the best practices, perspectives and challenges of the application of the Charter in the light of its increasing importance in building the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
Meeting of the Agents of the Court of Justice of the European Union
8 May 2015, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
Meeting of the agents of the Court of Justice of the European Union is an informal meeting of all the MS delegates representing the respective state at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Such meeting is traditionally organised by each Presidency. The invited participants are MS representatives, and depending on the Agenda, possibly also representatives from the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission and the EU Council Legal Service. The Agenda traditionally includes current issues relating to preliminary ruling cases or direct actions at the Court of Justice of the European Union, procedural provisions at the Court of Justice of the European Union and other issues of importance to MS representatives upon exercising representation.
Permanent Committee on Cadastre in the European Union Conference and Plenary Meeting
12-13 May 2015, Conference Centre at the Hotel “Alberts”, Riga
Permanent Committee on Cadastre in the European Union Conference and Plenary Meeting is a formal meeting of European Union Member States Cadastre Authorities, consisting of two parts – a Conference (presentation part) and a Plenary Meeting (formal business). The participants are heads and experts of Cadastre Authorities. The Agenda includes issues on cadastre, and its development, facilitating information, experience and best practice exchange among the participants.
Priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the Permanent Committee on Cadastre in the European Union:
- Up to date, authoritative, complete and quality data in the Cadastre Information System;
- Challenges in data exchange between Cadastre Information System and other Information Systems;
- Different solutions and its advantages and disadvantages merging Cadastre Information System and Land Registry;
- Open and available cadastre data for general public;
- Continue previous priorities of Presidencies, for example, Marine Cadastre Research.
16th European Corporate Governance Conference “Corporate Governance – a tool to increase competitiveness in the digital era”
13 May 2015, Riga, University of Latvia, Raiņa blvd.19
The conference will bring together decision makers from the public and private sector to discuss how corporate governance can be used as a tool to enhance growth and competitive advantage across the European Union. The programme will include both plenary presentations and panel debates around recent developments in the field of corporate governance at an international level, emerging trends and innovations in the use of digitalization as well as topical issues for investors, boards and audit committees.
Speakers will include high-level representatives from the Latvian government, the OECD and the European Commission as well as investors, board members, audit committee chairs, regulators and other individuals from the private and public sectors.
EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
2-3 June 2015, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
The Agenda of the meeting includes issues on EU-US cooperation in judicial and home affairs – migration, natural person data protection issues, judicial cooperation, foreign fighters, fight against terrorism and organised crime.
Plenary of the Judicial Network in Criminal Matters
29-30 June 2015, National Library of Latvia, Rīga
The Plenary of the Judicial Network in Criminal Matters is a meeting traditionally organised by the Presidency and which brings together national correspondents and contact points of all EU MS, as well as representatives of the European Union candidate countries and the European Economic Area. The invited participants are MS representatives, and depending on the Agenda, possibly, also representatives from the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council and the Council Legal Service.
The Agenda traditionally includes issues related to the most topical issues and the most frequently applied legal assistance tools in criminal and judicial cooperation, problems in their application or planned legislative initiatives, as well as cooperation with third countries.
In the Plenary of the Judicial Network in Criminal Matters the main discussion topic will be transfer of sentences persons (under the Council Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA of 27 November 2008 on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to judgments in criminal matters imposing custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty for the purpose of their enforcement in the European Union as well as under the European Convention of 21 March 1983 on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons).