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January 2, 2015, 15:44

Fresh start: Latvia takes over EU Council presidency for the first time

The first of January not only marked the start of a new year, it was also when Latvia took over the presidency of the EU Council for the first time.

The Baltic state will lead and coordinate member states’ work for the next six months and expectations are high. Visiting Latvia in December 2014, EP President Martin Schulz said: "My experience shows that presidencies from small countries are very much involved in the success of reforms.”

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