In the 10th and 11th June the Annual Event of the Estonia-Latvia-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme within European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument 2007-2013 was held in Sigulda with the focus on tourism development as the better promoter of cross-border cooperation. The event was also attended by representatives from the Culture Information Systems Centre that implements one of the projects of the programme – the project “Cross Border E-archive”.

The Event lasted for 2 days according to the following programme – on Monday, 10th June the Conference and Panel Discussion „Support to the Cross Border Cultural and Active Tourism in Latvia, Estonia and Russia” took place. The opening speeches and presentations were held by the officials of the Programme and representatives from the ministries of the Latvian and Estonian. It was also told about the Hanseatic League and analyzed the historical origins of this brand of broad application possibilities. 5 projects informed the audience about the achieved results, experience gained and future plans to ensure sustainability. To witness tangible results three projects’ site visits through Sigulda and Ligatne Nature Park were organized.

Tuesday, 11th June – Open – Air Project Exhibition „Enjoy the Hansa Route through Latvia, Estonia and Russia!” took place with an opportunity for participants of the Event as well as  inhabitants, visitors and guests of Sigulda to make journey through the improvised new Via Hanseatica Tourism Route in the Castle of Livonian Order. The project “Cross-border E-archive” team in their stand offered visitors a look at the ancient 19th Century Latvian and Estonian mail road maps as well as the old postal coach pictures. These materials for the exhibition were provided by the Estonian and Latvian National Archives. In the Project’s stand the representatives of the Latvian National Archives collaborated – the responsible expert from the LNA in the executive board of the Project Valdis Stals and postal communications specialist, Dr. hist. Parsla Petersone.

Information is prepared by
Ilma Elsberga, public relation specialist of the Project “Cross Border E-archive”
Phone: 7844902; e-mail: ilma.elsberga@kis.gov.lv