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    6 July, 2009

    THE VISIT OF

    THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR REGIONAL POLICY

    MR. DIRK AHNER

    TO THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

    8 - 10 JULY, 2009

    PROGRAMME

Mr. Dirk AHNER, Director-General for Regional Policy, European Commission

    is also accompanied by:

    Mrs. Christiane BRET-AHNER

    Mr. Anton SCHRAG, Administrator in Unit responsible for Latvia, Regional Policy DirectorateGeneral,

    European Commission

WEDNESDAY, 8 JULY

    23:30 Arrival at Riga International Airport (flight BT 604), VIP Lounge

     Welcome by:

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Development and

    Local Government

     Departure for the hotel “Gutenbergs”, Doma Square 1

     Car arrangement

THURSDAY, 9 JULY

     Breakfast at the hotel “Gutenbergs”

8:15 Departure for the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government, Lāčplēša Str. 27

     Car arrangement

    8:30 9:45 Meeting with Mr. Edgars ZALĀNS, Minister of Regional Development and Local

    Government, Room 214

    Latvian side:

    Mr. Māris KRASTIŅŠ, Parliamentary Secretary

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

    Ms. Arina ANDREIČIKA, Acting Deputy State Secretary responsible for Financial

    Management Affairs

    Ms. Ilona RAUGZE, Director of Development Planning Department

     Agenda for discussions:

    ? Strategic and Territorial Approach in Future Cohesion Policy

    ? Urban Priority Polycentric Development

    9:50 Departure for the Cabinet of Ministers, Brivibas Blvd. 36

     Car arrangement

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    10:00 11:15 Meeting with H.E. Mr. Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Prime Minister, and the representatives of rdthe Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister Hall, 3 floor

    Latvian side:

    Mr. Gints FREIMANIS, Advisor to the Prime Minister

    Mr. Andžs ŪBELIS, Deputy State Secretary on Foreign Finance Aid Coordination Issues of the

    Ministry of Finance, Head of EU Funds Managing Authority

    Mr. Aleksandrs ANTONOVS, Director of EU Funds Strategy Department of the Ministry of

    Finance

     Agenda for discussions:

    ? Absorption of the EU Funds, incl. Major Projects

    ? Simplification, incl. Latvia’s plans for Restructuring

    ? Amendments to the Operational Programmes

    11:20 Departure for the Ministry of Economics, Brivibas Str. 55

     Car arrangement

    11:30 12:30 Meeting with Mr. Artis KAMPARS, Minister of Economics

    Latvian side:

    Mr. Ritvars PAVLOVS, Advisor to the Minister of Economics

    Mr. Andris LIEPIŅŠ, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics

     Agenda for discussions:

    ? Dynamics of the National Economy of Latvia. Main Measures of the Economic

    Stabilisation and Growth Revival Programme of Latvia

    ? Progress of the EU Funds Acquisition for the Ministry of Economics

    12:35 Departure for the restaurant “Hotel Bergs”, Elizabetes Str. 83/85

     Car arrangement

    12:45 14:15 Lunch hosted by Mr. Edgars ZALĀNS, Minister of Regional Development and Local

    Government, Private dining room “Library

     Latvian side:

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

14:20 Departure for the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government, Lāčplēša Str. 27

     Car arrangement

    14:30 16:30 Meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Local

    Government, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Room 214

    Latvian side:

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

    Ms. Arina ANDREIČIKA, Acting Deputy State Secretary responsible for Financial

    Management Affairs

    Mr. Andžs ŪBELIS, Deputy State Secretary on Foreign Finance Aid Coordination Issues,

    Head of EU Funds Managing Authority

    Mr. Aleksandrs ANTONOVS, Director of EU Funds Strategy Department

    Ms. Anda CATLAKA, Advisor of European Union Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign

    Affairs

    Ms. Kristīne MEDNE, Deputy Director of EU Coordination Department of the Ministry of

    Foreign Affairs

     Agenda for discussions:

    ? Cohesion Policy Objectives

    ? Territorial Dimension of Cohesion Policy

    ? Core Priorities of Cohesion Policy

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    ? Macro-regions and Cohesion Policy Financing

    16:45 17:45 Meeting with Ms. Anna VĪTOLA – HELVIGA, Director of the State Regional Development

    Agency, the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government, Room 214

    Latvian side:

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

    Ms. Sandra CAKULE, Deputy Director on Programme Implementation Matters

    Ms. Oksana DUMPE, Director of Territorial Cooperation Project Control Department

    Mr. Aivars VOLDEKS, Head of Programme Implementation Division

    Ms. Līga SONDORE, International Projects and Communication Division

     Agenda for discussions:

    ? Main functions of the State Regional Development Agency

    ? Current Experience in the Implementation of EU Funds

    ? Opinion of the Agency about the Simplification of EU Funds

18:00 Departure for the hotel “Gutenbergs”, Doma Square 1

     Car arrangement

18:20 20:00 Private time

20:00 21:30 Dinner hosted by Minister of Regional Development and Local Government Mr. thEdgars ZALĀNS and Mrs. Diāna ZALĀNE, the restaurant “Gutenbergs”, Roof Terrace, 5

    floor

    Latvian side:

    Mr. Māris KRASTIŅŠ, Parliamentary Secretary

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

21:35 Departure for the St. Peter’s Church, Skārņu Str. 19

22:00 Early Music Festival “Tales of Riga Maidens”

     Latvian side:

     Minister of Regional Development and Local Government Mr. Edgars ZALĀNS and Mrs.

    Diāna ZALĀNE

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

    Departure for the hotel “Gutenbergs”, Doma Square 1

     Car arrangement

FRIDAY, 10 JULY

    Breakfast at the hotel “Gutenbergs”

    8:15 Departure to the European Commission Representation in Latvia, Aspazijas Blvd. 28

8:30 9:15 Meeting with Ms. Iveta ŠULCA, Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia

9:15 10:00 Meeting with the representatives of the Association of Major Latvian Cities

    Latvian side:

     Mr. Jānis KALVIŅŠ, Executive Director of the Association of Major Latvian Cities

     Mr. Rihards EIGIMS, Chairman of Daugavpils City Council

     Mr. Andris RĀVIŅŠ, Chairman of Jelgava City Council

     Mr. Leonīds SALCEVIČS, Chairman of Jēkabpils City Council

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     Mr. Ģirts TRENCIS, Chairman of Jūrmala City Council

     Mr. Uldis SESKS, Chairman of Liepāja City Council

     Mr. Aleksandrs BARTAŠEVIČS, Chairman of Rēzekne City Council

     Mr. Nils UŠAKOVS, Chairman of Riga City Council

     Mr. Inesis BOĶIS, Chairman of Valmiera City Council

     Mr. Jānis VĪTOLIŅŠ, First Deputy Chairman of Ventspils City Council

     Ms. Kristīne KRASOVSKA, Deputy Managing Director in Investment of Ventspils City

    Council

    Ms. Iveta ŠULCA, Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia

     Ms. Anda ŠAKA, Head of the Bureau of the Association of Major Latvian Cities

     Ms. Iveta MINĀTE, Project Manager of MRS grupa Ltd.

     Agenda for discussions:

    ? Acquisition of EU Funds in Latvia

    10:00 Departure for sis Municipality Council, Raunas Str. 4, Cēsis

     Car arrangement

    11:30 Meeting with Mr. Gints ŠĶENDERS, Chairman of Cēsis Municipality Council, and

    representatives of the Alliance of Latvian Towns

    Latvian side

     Mr. Edgars ZALĀNS, Minister of Regional Development and Local Government

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

    Mr. Jānis ROZENBERGS, Vice Chairman of the Cesis Municipality Council

    Ms. Dita TRAPENCIERE, Head of the Development Planning Department

    Representatives of the Alliance of Latvian Towns (to be confirmed)

    Local Government Tour accompanied by Ms. Dita TRAPENCIERE, Head of the Development

    Planning Department

    ? Cēsis Culture Centre (meeting with Ms. Ija GROZA, Director of Cēsis Culture Centre)

    ? Cēsis Castle Complex (meeting with Ms. Jolanta SAUSIŅA, Head of Cēsis Municipality

    Agency “Vidzeme History and Tourism centre”)

    13:30 Lunch hosted by Mr. Gints ŠĶENDERS, Chairman of Cēsis Municipality Council, the

    restaurant “Alexis”, Vienības Square 1, Cēsis

    Latvian side

    Mr. Edgars ZALĀNS, Minister of Regional Development and Local Government

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

    Representatives of the Alliance of Latvian Towns (to be confirmed)

14:45 Departure for Riga International Airport, VIP Lounge

     Car arrangement

     Farewell by:

    Ms. Laimdota STRAUJUMA, State Secretary

18:10 Departure for Brussels, flight BT 603

    In attendance:

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    Ms. Linda TILTA,

    Senior Officer for Foreign Affairs,

     Communication Division

    Phone: (+371) 29769330

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