Practical Information

03.03.2015 12:14

Strengthening the European audiovisual media market for the development of the European identity

Riga, 9 – 10 March 2015

National Library of Latvia, riga

Date and venue

Conference STRENGTHENING THE EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA MARKET- FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EUROPEAN IDENTITY will be held on 9-10 March 2015 at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, also called the Castle of Light (Gaismas pils in Latvian).


Mūkusalas iela 3, Rīga LV-1423, Latvia


All delegates are cordially invited to join the welcome dinner on 9 March 2015 at „Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs” (the Folk Club ALA Basement) from 20.00 to 23.00 (

Address: Peldu street 19, Riga Old Town

Registration and accreditation

Online registration for the event will be open until 16 February 2015. Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible to make sure there is enough time for all the necessary travel arrangements to be made. Late registration will only be possible in limited numbers. During the registration process, please indicate the contact person for the delegation, where applicable. Participants will be able to collect their identification badges from the registration desk at the National Library of Latvia on 9 or 10 March 2015.


Delegates are advised to make hotel reservations online during the registration process.

Delegations are responsible for all costs incurred by their delegates during their stay unless informed otherwise. The deadline for guaranteed hotel reservation online is 24 February 2015. After that deadline, delegates can apply for hotel reservations via the email of the official Presidency travel agency:

The following accommodation options are available:



Price per room per night, including VAT and breakfast

Radisson Blu Daugava, 4****

Address: Kuģu iela 24, Rīga LV-1048, Phone: +371 67061111

SGL, Standard

84 EUR

DBL/TWIN, Standard

94 EUR


Maritim (Bellevue) Park Hotel Riga, 4****

Address: Slokas iela 1, Rīga LV-1048, Phone: +371 67069000

SGL, Standard

39 EUR

DBL, Standard

48 EUR


Avalon Hotel, 4****

Address: 13. Janvāra iela 19,

Rīga LV-1050,

Phone: +371 67169999

SGL, Standard

59 EUR

DBL, Standard

65 EUR

All the hotels are easily accessible by public transport both from the airport and the venue. Please see the Travel section for more information.

Travel and getting around

By air

Riga International Airport (RIX) is located just 10 km from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport or taxi. It offers routes to 83 destinations, including most European capitals and transfer hubs.

Riga International Airport

RIGA Airport 10/1

Mārupes novads

Riga, LV-1053, Latvia

Airport inquiries service: +371 29311817

From the airport to the city

Getting to the city centre from the airport takes ~25-30 minutes by public transport or taxi.

Taxi services are available at Riga airport 24 hours a day and are located outside the arrivals area. The average fare from the airport to the city centre (Old Town) is € 15-20. The fare depends on both distance and time. Green AirBaltic and red Riga Cab taxi services are available and recommended.

Airport Express hotel shuttle operated by AirBaltic (green minibuses). This runs every 30 minutes and picks up passengers near the exit of the Schengen arrivals hall (Arrival E). It costs € 4.99 (cash only) for a one-way journey and takes passengers to the following hotels of interest to you: Islande Hotel, Maritim Park Hotel, Opera Hotel, Tallink Hotel, Radisson Blu Latvija, Albert Hotel, Monika Centrum Hotel.

Public transport bus No 22 connects the airport with the city centre. The bus stop is located behind car park P1 opposite Arrival E. The service operates up to every 15 minutes from Mondays to Fridays and up to every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. It can take up to 30 minutes to reach the centre. If you are going to Maritim Park Hotel you haveto get off the bus at the stop Daugavgrīvas iela (around 17 minutes from the airport); for the Radisson Blu Daugava at the stop ‘Nacionālā bibliotēka’ (around 20 minutes from the airport); for the Avalon Hotel at the stop ‘Autoosta’ (around 30 minutes from the airport). For fares, see the Transportation around Riga section.

More information and the schedule for bus No 22 can be found here:

Bus and taxi stops at the airport


Transportation around Riga

Riga has a frequent and extensive public transport network of buses, trams and trolleybuses which run around the Old Town and across the bridge, with a stop close to the conference venue.

Single journey tickets can be bought from the driver and cost € 2.00 (cash only).

It is also possible to buy a transport card (e-talons) for one or more journeys, with each journey costing € 1.15, or a ticket for 24 hours (€ 5), 3 days (€ 10.00) and 5 days (€ 15). You have to validate the ticket each time you board a vehicle. The tickets can be bought at Narvesen kiosks (mini-shops) or from vending machines at a number of public transport stops, including at the airport.

For more information about public transport in Riga, please visit:

The meeting venue is easily accessible from the centre by public transport, by taxi or on foot. Trams (e.g. No 5 and No 4) and buses (e.g. No 22 and No 3) run close to all the hotels, cross the bridge and stop near the conference venue at the Nacionālā bibliotēka stop.

Travel documents and visa applications

Latvia is a European Union Member State and a signatory of the Schengen Agreement. Accordingly, those arriving in Latvia from the Schengen Area are not subject to border controls. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel with their national ID card or passport. Nationals of other countries are required to have a valid passport.

If you require VISA please contact the organizers at

Conference venue facilities and services

IT services and support

Wireless internet access (WiFi) is available throughout the conference venue. Staff at the venue will be available to provide technical and IT support.

Green printing

Latvia is said to be one of the greenest countries in the world not only in terms of the vast amount of land covered in forests and fields, but also in the way people work. During the Presidency we want to prove this by working in a green and sustainable manner. All participants are invited to think carefully about whether they need to print documents, and to use their electronic devices instead. Printing facilities will be available at the venue, but participants are encouraged to use them as little as possible.

Medical care

Appropriate medical services will be provided at the venue in cases of emergency and medical needs. The medical service point will be located on the 2nd floor, close to the Rīga meeting hall. These services include emergency medical care during the working sessions and transportation, if necessary, to designated hospitals.

Delegations are requested to fill out the medical information form for the Head of Delegation and include a list of dietary and other restrictions where indicated during registration. 

Health Insurance

To ensure that the costs of emergency care are covered during the stay in Latvia, delegates are advised to arrange a travel medical insurance.

Citizens of European Union, Lichtenstein, Norway and the Swiss Confederation benefit from European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

It covers state-run healthcare. The EHIC ensures that the necessary and urgent medical care is given to the same extent as is provided to the country's residents, where patient is receiving a medical help. EHIC can be obtained  free of charge by contacting local health insurance institution as each individual country is responsible for producing  and distributing the card in its own territory.

Learn more about EHIC -  or

Citizens from other countries have to choose travel insurance from their local insurance providers.

In cases of emergency, call 112 or 113.

Persons with disabilities

Facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities and assistance will be provided if needed.


In order to access the National Library of Latvia and while inside the building, a valid badge or pin must be worn and visible at all times.


The working language is English. Translation in Latvian and French will be provided.

About Riga

Riga is the capital of Latvia. Officially founded in 1201, the city presents a mix of cultures and architectural styles developed throughout different historical periods. The Daugava, also referred to as the River of Destiny by Latvians, flows through Riga into the Gulf of Riga about 10 kilometres from the city centre. Because of its location and harbour, which rarely freezes, Riga has developed into a significant transportation hub. Riga has always been a dynamic and innovative centre, and remains to this day a vibrant and lively city with a host of creative quarters to explore. It is therefore with good reason that Riga has been called the ‘city of inspiration’.  Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Old Town – the historic centre of Riga, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and its surroundings.

Useful information about Riga can be found on

About Latvia

Weather: Latvia’s geographical location makes it possible to enjoy the differences of four pronounced seasons. The presence of the Baltic Sea means that the climate is temperate and humid. Winter lasts from mid-December until mid-March, with an average temperature of around –6°C. Spring, with average temperatures of above 0 °C, comes at the end of March. For the latest forecast, please visit:

Language: Latvian is the official language of Latvia. English is widely spoken.

Local time: Latvia Time is GMT+2 (from late March until late October Latvia participates in the Western European summer time scheme: GMT+3)

Currency: Latvia’s currency is the euro (€).Other currencies can be exchanged for euros at most banks and exchange offices located in the city centre and at the airport.

ATMs and credit cards: there are many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in the city and all major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Power supply: The power supply in Latvia is 220V AC at 50 Hz. An adaptor for the (European standard) round two-pin sockets may be required.

Useful numbers

    Dial code for Latvia: +371

    Emergency: call 112, the EU-wide emergency number for the police, fire and ambulance services

Alternatively, call:

    Police: 110 or 112

    Medical service: 113

    Fire service: 112

    Gas emergency: 114

Useful information

Useful information about Latvia can be found on and

Use an application to learn more about Latvia while using your phone: Kultūras karte and the Latvia.Travel. Applications are available on Google Play Store and iTunes.

Download practical information on .pdf.