General meeting of the Association of Regional Development Centres (ARDC) today, on 26 June, have unanimously recurrently elected the Chair of Valka Province Council Vents Armands Krauklis as the Chairman of the ARDC Board. General meeting of the ARDC has elected the Chair of Dobele Province Council Andrejs Spridzāns and the Chair of Kuldīga Province Council Inga Bērziņa as his Deputies. In turn, as members of the ARDC Board, besides the Chairman of the Association and his Deputies, were elected the Chair of Cēsis Province Council Jānis Rozenbergs, the Chair of Smiltene Province Council Gints Kukainis, the Chair of Krāslava Province Council Gunārs Upenieks, as well as the Chair of Līvāni Province Council Andris Vaivods.
General meeting of the ARDC members conducted today has become the first meeting of members of the Association after municipal elections. As a result of elections, ARDC has seven new representatives of members of the Association – the Chair of Gulbene Province Council Andris Vējiņš, the Chair of Balvi Province Council Aigars Pušpurs, the Chair of Ludza Province Council Edgars Mekšs, the Chair of Madona Province Council Agris Lungevičs, the Chair of Ogre Province Council Egils Helmanis, the Chair of Talsi Province Council Edgars Zelderis, as well as the Chair of Saldus Province Council Reinis Doniņš.
Within the framework of the general meeting, members of the ARDC have also met the Minister for the Environment and Regional Development Kaspars Gerhards. Minister has congratulated members of the ARDC on their election and wished successful work in the next four years. K. Gerhards admitted that the Ministry of the Environment and Regional Development had formed good and constructive cooperation with members of the ARDC and expressed the hope that this tradition will continue. Minister has also informed members of the ARDC about currently developed draft on municipal cooperation territories, having invited to participate with their own suggestions.
Association of Regional Development Centres (ARDC) was established in 2015. It unites 21 Latvian provinces defined in the National Development Plan as regional development centres, in order to provide for cooperation of their members in forming a joint opinion on development, legal and other common matters and for representation of their members in relations with private and public institutions at national and international level.
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