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The Latvian closing event of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 took place on December 12th in Riga. More than 100 participants attended the ceremony, including representatives of the Welfare Ministry, senior NGOs, authorities, journalists and member of institutions involved in the EY2012.
The event was opened with a video highlighting some of the dozens of activities held throughout the year all over Latvia and including interviews with representatives of NGO’s and stakeholders. Following, Ilze Viņķele, Minister of Welfare, and Inna Šteinbuka, Head of the EC Representation in Latvia, addressed the audience and stressed the importance of the work done in Latvia throught the year to overcome ageing stereotypes and promote an active and healthy ageing.
"This year has been a wonderful opportunity to appreciate knowledge, experience, skills, which seniors could share not only with their families and relatives, but also with companies, towns and society in general. Moreover good things, which seniors can do and are doing in order to improve their own life and also the life of their peers, can be found in every city and region of Latvia. The European Year 2012 has proved that positive attitude and willingness to change something, first of all around themselves, is one of the keys how to achieve changes in all society", said Minister Viņķele.
During the Ceremony special prizes were handed out to the national winners of the European Year Awards. There was also a special moment dedicated to honour the contribution of the EY2012 Latvian Ambassadors, a series of personalities who have been actively involved in the promotion of the goals and activities of this Year: Anatolijs Danilāns, professor and doctor of Riga Stradins University, gastroenterologist; Baiba Rasma Šteina, managing director of folk dance ensemble “Zelta sietiņš”; Kārlis Būmeisters, musician; Edgars Račevskis, chief conductor of Song Festival; Inese Kučinska, actress from Liepajas Theatre; the Ventspils Centre Primary School Boys Choir and its soloist Miks Laksbergs; and Inese Ziņģīte, healthy lifestyle enthusiast.
The Children's Choir of Ventspils was in charge of closing the event with a classical music performance.
Picture gallery of the event.
Click here to browse through a selection of EY2012-related initiatives in Latvia.
For more information about the European Year 2012 in Latvia you may visit this website.