New Cohesion Policy - Latvia
"Since accession in 2004, the EU funds have contributed to transform Latvia, for example by contributing to the realisation of modern road networks and by revitalising cities. I just mention the splendid "Great Amber Hall" which has been built in Liepaja with the support of EU funding and has reshaped the towns cityscape. I am looking forward to the upcoming debate on 11 July on how our Funds for 2021-2027 can keep on supporting Latvia in further convergence to the EU."
"For already 27 years, Interreg has been bringing EU citizens together across borders, for example by helping build bi-lingual childcare facilities, or cross-border train lines or hospitals. I look forward to the coming debate on 11 July in Riga, how Interreg VI can further support Latvia's efforts in cooperating with its neighbours for better living standards in cross-border regions". Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu
Liepāja's Great Amber Pride
The city of Liepāja has been dreaming of a grand concert hall of its own for almost a century. In 2015, this dream has finally materialised: with the support of EU cohesion policy, the „Great Amber” was built to become a regional centre of culture and events.
At the basis of the architectural concept of the concert hall lies amber – the symbol of Liepāja and the Baltic Sea, as well as the concert hall’s function as a cultural and arts centre. The Grand Amber Concert Hall is a regional centre for cultural events, home to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, the Liepāja Music, Art and Design Secondary School, as well as the manager of the building and event organizer SIA "Lielais Dzintars".
The Great Amber has brought educational, musical and cultural benefits for Liepāja just as much as it has given its residents a sense of pride. During the first two years of operation, the centre welcomed over 400 000 visitors and hosted artists from more than 60 countries around the world. For businesses, the most tangible contribution comes during events when hotels, guest houses, restaurants, cafes and museums see an influx of customers. Since the opening, several restaurants and apartment complexes have opened or expanded in the area. Tourism offer has grown and regional tourist data show increases in domestic and international visitors of 39 and 24 % respectively, with Lithuania, Germany and Russia as main countries of origin.