Latvia is the partner country of the Green Week 2015
Baltic state takes over presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2015 – Germany is the most important trading partner
Berlin, 20. February 2014 – Next year the Republic of Latvia will be the partner country of the International Green Week Berlin 2015. An agreement to this effect has been signed by the Prime Minister of Latvia, Dr. Laimdota Straujuma, and Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH. The Baltic state has been a participant in the world’s largest exhibition for agriculture, food and horticulture since 1992. During the first six months of next year Latvia will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Next year also marks a significant anniversary: from 16 to 25 January the Green Week will be taking place for the 80th time, when Latvia will be staging its largest ever display at this event, featuring the entire range of typical regional specialities.
“I am delighted that Latvia will be acting as partner country at the International Green Week in 2015“, said Straujuma at the signing of the agreement. “This will be an opportunity for Latvia to present the wide range of foodstuffs from our country and the products from our food industry to potential cooperation partners.” Visitors to the fair will also be able to learn about the possibilities for rural tourism in Latvia, she added. She acknowledged that the International Green Week is “one of the largest and most significant exhibitions for the food industry in Europe, where visitors can acquaint themselves with specialities from all over the world, and exhibitors can establish new contacts in order to develop new markets both within and outside the European Union“.
Agriculture and the food industry are significant business sectors in the Baltic country, accounting for up to 20 per cent of total exports by volume. The leading agricultural products are cereals and milk, which make up 33 and 18 per cent of total output respectively (2012). The share of ecological cultivation is expanding year by year. During the first nine months of 2013 Lavia’s balance of trade with Germany amounted to some two billion euros. Germany accounts for eight per cent of Latvian agricultural imports, putting it in fourth place behind Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, and it is fifth in terms of exports, with five per cent of the total, after Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland.
In its environmental policy Latvia’s priorities include the preservation of biological diversity and the wider use of renewable energy, which currently makes up just under 39 per cent of primary energy consumption. Forests cover 44.1 per cent of the land surface of Latvia.
Messe Berlin GmbH
Michael T. Hofer
Group Press and Public Relations Director
Deputy Press Spokesman
Dr. Christian Göke (CEO), Ingrid Maass
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Hans-Joachim Kamp
Companies Register: Amtsgericht Charlottenburg, HRB 5484 B
German Farmers’ Union
Dr. Michael Lohse
Tel. +49(0)30 319 04 239
Federation of German Food and Drink Industries
Tel.: +49(0)30 200786 135