Government approves report on creation of NATO center of excellence in Latvia
On May 13 Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia approved a report on the creation of the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication in Latvia.
The discussions on the issue are due to take place in Germany and France within a month. Regional partners have already confirmed their support on the creation of Centre of Excellence in Riga. The initiative has the support of the Allied Transformation Command as well.
The government approved the proposals to continue work on the center's creation. The preparations will include cooperation with NATO and member states' experts to specify the center's functions and legal status, as well as providing premises and staff for the center.
The development of communication technologies has increased the speed of information exchange and changed its forms, quality and content, while society's role in the creation of the information environment has increased. NATO and its members therefore are increasingly focusing on enhancing communication and adjusting it to the new environment.
On February 21, 2013, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks reported at a meeting of NATO defense ministers on Latvia's intention to create and host the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication.
So far, Latvia has been involved in the work of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Lithuania, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Estonia and the NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Center of Excellence in the Netherlands.