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    Strategic communication helps build resilience to disinformation - Latvian PM at EU-Western Balkans summit

    RIGA, May 17 (LETA) - Strategic communication helps build resilience to disinformation and fake news, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) said during the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    At the summit which brought together the heads of state and government of the EU member states and the Western Balkans countries, the EU support for the European perspective for the Western Balkans was reaffirmed on the top level. The summit also approved specific initiatives to facilitate growth in the region, closer cooperation and integration in the EU, the Latvian prime minister's office said.

    The summit adopted a declaration with the Sofia Priority Agenda - specific initiatives for the EU support to the rule-of-law, security and migration, energy, transport and digital connectivity as well as good neighborly relations in the Western Balkans.

    Kucinskis said during the summit that joint efforts were needed to counter common security challenges, including hybrid threats. "Speaking about the fight against hybrid threats, I would like to underline the role of strategic communication that helps build resilience to disinformation, fake news and propaganda," he said.

    A united and stable Europe is in everyone's interests, and stability and growth can only be achieved through joint efforts - this goes not only for the EU but also for the Western Balkans, the Latvian prime minister said.

    "Latvia knows very well that reforms is a complicated process but it drives growth and stability in the long term therefore we appreciate the determination of the Western Balkans to push on with the reforms," he said.

    Latvia has already been providing support to the nations in the Western Balkans in strengthening the judiciary and the rule-of-law, the fight against corruption and good governance. Latvia is also supporting youth and education projects and will be participating in such projects also in the future, Kucinskis said.

    • Published: 17.05.2018 16:27
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