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Discussion: The Recovery and Resilience Facility: Opportunity for a leap forward

Mar 17 from 13:00 till 14:00

We invite you to join us for an online discussion: The Recovery and Resilience Facility: Opportunity for a leap forward. The event will take place on March 17, 13:00-14:00 via Zoom.

Speakers will include the Acting Head of the EU Commission in Latvia, Member of the Saeima, the Minister for Environmental protection and regional development and the Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Latvia. They will discuss:

- Key directions and projects within the national RRF plan 
- Allocation of the funding and long-term liabilities to Latvia
- Timeframe for implementation of reforms 
- Challenges and potential solutions to criticism expressed by social partners

We encourage to send us your questions in advance. Please send them to: evija.gleske@amcham.lv until the noon on March 16.

Agnese, Dagile, Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia
Ms  Dagile has two hats, she is Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia as well as part of the European Commission RECOVER Task Force steering the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility. Ms Dagile has spent over 12 years at the European Commission in various positions, dealing with economic governance, the European Semester, negotiating investments from the EU funds, overseeing the implementation of the Cohesion policy, and providing EU pre-accession assistance to Latvia. 
Before joining the European Commission, Ms Dagile worked with civil society organisations in the EU neighbourhood while being part of the European Economic and Social Committee. Prior to that, she was contributing to NATO Public diplomacy and Baltic integration into NATO at the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation. She has coordinated support for setting up EU Funds communication structures while working at the United Nations Development Programme - Latvia. Ms Dagile has been lecturing on EU integration, EU policies, and International relations at Riga Stradins University and Riga Graduate School of Law. Ms Dagile knows Latvian, English, Lithuanian, Russian and French.

Ints Dalderis, Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Latvia
Mr. Dalderis is the Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Latvia since January 2019. His areas of responsibility include budgetary issues, taxation policies and matters concerning EU structural funds. Mr. Dalderis is a member of the Latvian political party “New Unity”. Mr. Dalderis was elected Member of the Latvian Parliament in 2014, serving until 2018. During this term, he was Secretary of the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee. Following his first election in the Latvian Parliament in 2010, Mr. Dalderis was appointed Adviser to the Latvian Prime Minister regarding investments connected with EU structural funds as well as the Latvian National Development Plan. Mr. Dalderis held this position from 2011 until 2014.

Gatis Eglitis, Member of the Parliament, Chairman of Saeima’s Financial Sector Supervision Committee
Mr Eglitis is a member of the New Conservative Party - the largest party in the Latvian government coalition. He serves as deputy chair of the European Affairs committee, has been appointed by the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) to oversee financial sector and implementation of Moneyval recommendations, and sits on the inluential Saeima Budget and finance committee. Prior to Saeima work, Mr Eglītis served as economic advisor to the PM Straujuma and deputy PM Ašeradens, following an 8-year career in the European Commission (DG ECFIN). Mr Eglītis has also served in the Latvian Foreign Affairs ministry in the security policy and foreign economic relations departments. Mr Eglītis has a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, the Vienna Diplomatic Academy and a bachelor's degree from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Mr Eglītis resides in Riga.

Arturs Toms Pless, Minister for Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Mr. Pless has experience in municipal work. From June 2017 to October 2018, he fulfilled the duties of Member of the Bauska municipality council. Riga Technical University gained a bachelor's degree in transport, a master's degree in urban and regional engineering. In the youth exchange programme he has also studied at the Danish Technical University. Mr. Plešs was born Jan. 4, 1992 in Bauska. He has become the youngest minister of the government and is one of the youngest ministers in Latvia's history.

Vladlens Kovalevs, VA Government
Mr. Kovalevs is Managing Partner at VA Government, a government relations and public affairs firm. As a partner at VA Government, Vladlens provides counsel to his clients on political, regulatory, and public issues connected to their respective advocacy efforts. Prior to founding VA Government, he was awarded the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation scholarship and was stationed at a government relations firm Cassidy & Associates in Washington, D.C.
 Vladlens has been involved in the assistance of multiple businesses in the tech, financial, FMCG, pharma, and defense sectors. His specializations include government relations and campaign management, as well as international communications. Vladlens holds a BSc degree in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and has completed Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at American University in Washington, D.C.
 Vladlens is a Co-Founder of a non-profit Global Shapers Riga by the World Economic Forum, currently, pro bono advising one of its spin-off social projects #Neklusē.

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