“Latvian Interests in the European Union” includes a collection of essays from the participants of the “Masterclasses for young political leaders”
This issue of the journal is a result of the project “Masterclasses for young political leaders” organized by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Latvian Political Science Association. The project was tailored to deliver the master classes by current politicians and leading academics in political science for young Latvians who have shown leadership skills and intend to build a political career in their future. The aim of the project was to increase political and other essential competencies of the participants and to equip them with essential skills for participation in democratic political processes. Thus, during a six-week period the participants acquired theoretical knowledge, practical skills and understanding of issues such as the importance of democratic values, political participation, transatlantic security and unification of Europe.
The organizers cooperated for the implementation of the project for several reasons. First, the organisations share common values. All three organisations highly value democracy, inclusiveness, peace and justice. We believe that efforts towards Europeanisation, strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as fostering consolidation of democratic and liberal values should be realised. Second, we believe in the importance of empowering youth. By investing in young people today we will be able to further the democracy, peace and sustainable development of the future as young persons are all participants of the European democratic system. Third, young people have a lot to contribute towards politics. They are full of good ideas on how to improve the democratic system and wealth of our societies at large but they often feel that their views are undervalued in the political debate or they do not have enough access and competencies for full fledged participation. This can be changed through active support of experienced politicians and experts.
The collection of essays written by the participants of the Masterclasses expand on the views of young people. They express ideas and political ideals, as well as defend diverse interests. Therefore, they contribute to a broader discussion about the future of Latvia and Europe.
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