European Cooperation Day celebrated in Riga

On 16 September 2017, Latvia-Russia CBC Programme joined forces with other cross-border and territorial cooperation programmes in organising an open-air event in the very heart of Riga to celebrate European Cooperation Day.

An interactive showcase of various projects supported by Interreg and ENI programmes took place on Doma square that helped people discover the benefits of cross- border cooperation in Latvia, Europe and on its external border.

The visitors had an opportunity to see and test the equipment and machinery of State Police, State Board Guard and State Fire and Rescue Service that has been acquired as a result of their participation in cross-border projects. As well as see Latvian State Border Guard service dogs in action.

Likewise, wool recycling cycle with new interactive equipment was demonstrated and participants of the event had an opportunity to make dolls from yarn.

Four Hanseatic towns of Latvia (Cēsis, Limbaži, Straupe, Kuldīga) offered to try hand at some activities from Hanseatic times. For example, making coins, learn candle making and taste some specialties from that time.

During the event, a photo exhibition by two famous Latvian photographers – Jānis Deinats and Ilmārs Znotiņš – was opened. They visited various project sites in Latvia and captured the essence of projects through their artistic perspective. This exhibition supplemented with more project photos from Lithuania and Russia, will be exhibited at various events in Latvia and abroad.

The event was complemented by live performances of Daugavpils Latvian Cultural Center Orchestra “Daugava”, accordionists of Limbaži Music School and “Suitu sievas” – Latvian folk singers that helped celebrate territorial cooperation by different music genres coming together.

The European Cooperation Day was celebrated for the sixth time. This year, like every year, special attention is paid to the importance of cross-border cooperation and good neighbourly relations. For more information on the European Cooperation Day, please visit www.ecday.eu