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“Meierovics Society for progressive change” founded to promote quality, open politics and active public involvement in Latvia

“The Meierovics Society for Progressive Change” was founded on March 21, to provide the Latvian public with a new channel for informed civic involvement. The 27 founders of the non-governmental organization hope that people throughout Latvia will join them in developing new ideas, good proposals, and policy guidelines which could bring needed changes to the Latvian political system.

The goal of the Society is to bring together experts in all sectors of Latvian life, generate a constructive public debate on key issues, and prepare professional recommendations that have a direct relevance to the upcoming October 2 parliamentary elections.  The organization hopes to continue its activities after the election as well.

The founders of the Society have underlined that the new organisation is not a political party, nor will it become one, and that it will not endorse any parties. Society membership is open to all, regardless of political affiliation.  

Sarmite Elerte, former editor of the newspaper DIENA was elected chairperson of the Society’s board, and Uģis Rotbergs, Director of the Latvian World Wildlife Fund, was elected vice-chairman. During its first meeting on March 24 the Board discussed general principles and practical activities that should be undertaken immediately to promote broader public involvement and encourage public demands for responsible politics and governance. The Board also agreed on regional outreach activities to encourage membership and local participation in all parts of Latvia, and will seek to establish contacts and idea exchanges with other NGO’s.

The Society is named after Zigfrids Anna Meierovics, Latvia’s first foreign minister. Meierovics is one of the founding fathers of the Latvian Republic in 1918, and is credited with achieving Latvia’s international recognition as a sovereign state in 1921.  During Latvia’s war of independence, Meierovics participated in both military battles and diplomatic negotiations, and is universally admired in Latvia as a paragon civic idealism. Meierovcs also believed that Latvia’s destiny was one with that of  the Western world.  The Society has pledged to continue the realization of Meierovcs’ vision by helping Latvia become a dynamic, self-assured and respectable 21st century western country.

The Society’s webpage can be found at www.lietussargs.lv.  For additional information contact Agnija Jansone at  email hidden; JavaScript is required

March 26, 2010

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