A Democracy Academy opened in the Riga Castle

The Democracy Academy was opened in the Riga Castle on January 30 with the first day of studies “Democracy and civic society in Latvia and in Europe”. The first students of the Democracy Academy, representatives of more than 200 public institutions, municipalities, non-governmental authorities as well as active population and local leaders from all regions of Latvia were introduced to the current situation in the formation and development of civic society in Latvia with particular focus on legislative aspects of the formation of civic society.

At the opening of the Democracy Academy, the audience was addressed by Egils Levits, President of the State, Sandra Kalniete, Deputy of the European Parliament, and Anita Seļicka, Head of the Democracy Academy.  

Participants of the first day of studies had the opportunity to get inspiration from shared experience stories, opinion leaders and professionals of the industry. Kristīne Zonberga, Director of the Association “Civic Alliance Latvia” informed about the current situation and challenges faced by civic society of Latvia.