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10. A.V.Krastiņš, professor RTU, Latvia – External Border of EU and High Quality Education for Customs Professionals.

The Latvian Customs together with other national customs authorities implement the EU common customs policy and ensure smooth flow of trade among EU Member States as well as customs control at the external borders of the Community.

The Latvian Customs have proved to be a professional administrator of an international level being able to protect the interests of all EU Member States and to guarantee the protection of the single market and safety of the Community’s citizens.

The importance of the customs services in our country is set by the geographical location of Latvia. The land border Latvia-Russia (245 km) and Latvia-Belarus (161 km) is also the external border of the EU. Customs control is ensured at 31 customs control points which include 12 inland and 19 EU’s external border crossing points – on roads and railways, at sea ports, Riga International Airport and international postal delivery points.

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9. I.Kabashkin, professor TTI, Latvia as Logistics and Transit Centre.

Transportation sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and fast growing sectors in Latvian economy. And even more, this sector is taking the leading positions in the country’s economic development. Due to the country’s favorable geographic situation, Latvia has already become an important trade partner between West and East South and North.

Latvian transport policy is in full compliance with the European Union’s requirements and the country’s transportation network has become an integral part of the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Latvia is actively utilizing available EU funds for the improvement of the country’s transport infrastructures.

Today the advantage of geographic position of Latvia has increased dramatically. The border of Latvia is the border of two large unions – European Union and Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia. This fact open new transport and trade opportunities for domestic and international companies first of all through the three large ports in Latvia (Ventspils, Riga, Liepaja) that are all part of TEN-T and seven small ports (Salacgriva, Skulte, Lielupe, Engure, Mersrags, Roja, Pavilosta). The inestimable advantage of major ports is their favourable geographical position, ice-free conditions and excellent  railway connections with Eurasian Economic Community’s  hinterland.

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5. A.Oliynyk, Ambassador of Ukraine. Main Achievements in Ukrainian-Latvian Relations During 20 years of Ukraine’s Independence.

Latvia was among the first countries to recognize the state independence of Ukraine on 4 December 1991. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Latvia on 12 February 1992 the development of bilateral relations has been ascending and reached a new level. Strengthening and expanding mutually beneficial relations with Latvia – member of EU and NATO – is one of the elements of Ukraine’s course towards European integration, deepening political and economic cooperation with the Baltic and Nordic countries.

By joining their efforts the parties managed to create a solid legal basis, which currently comprises 7 interstate, 23 intergovernmental, 3 inter-parliamentary and 45 interagency documents.

An active dialogue at the level of leaders of both states was established. Latvian President Valdis Zatlers was among the Heads of State – EU members, who attended the inauguration of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on 25 February 2010. There was an exchange of visits – the President of Latvia V.Zatlers was in Ukraine on an official visit (25-27 June 2008), the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych paid an official visit to Latvia (15 December 2010). Among the main results of the latest visit was an agreement to intensify trade and economic components of the Ukrainian-Latvian relations, to approve priority areas of cooperation in order to substantially increase bilateral trade and investments, to further the consistent support by Latvia of the EU integration course of my country. The signed during the visit Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Latvia on Cooperation in the Field of European Integration encourages these activities. Latvia also provides assistance to Ukraine in encompassing European integration experience within the framework of various projects in the field of governance, development of democratic institutions etc.

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4. A.Gerasimenko, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus. Cooperation Between Belarus and Latvia in the Transit Area

Belarus remains one of the most important partners of Latvia in the transit area. Belarusian goods take second place in transit of cargo volumes by rail and transshipment in ports. For our country Latvia with its system of railway communication and advanced port infrastructure was, is and will be one of the most important partners in the market of international transport, including the framework of the Eurasian transport corridor.

Two trans-European transport corridors go through the territory of Belarus, their total length is 1520 km. More than one million transit cargo vehicles are passing them annually.

With a view to increase the attractiveness of the Belarusian directions in the development of the European Union’s trade with Asian countries Belarus is actively working on the establishment of a modern logistics infrastructure. It is planned that it will serve the trade flows in the direction from the EU to Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Great opportunities of transit potential of the Republic of Belarus are opened by its membership in the Customs Union and the ongoing work on the establishment of a single economic space of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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