Inga Goldberga, during the 5th European Congress of Local Governments will talk about developing local and regional identity

A member of the Latvian Parliament and former Executive Director of the second largest city of Latvia, Daugavpils – Inga Goldberga, will talk about how to effectively maintain and develop regional identity and awareness in society.

Inga Goldberga will take part in the panel: Regionalism in the Age of Globalization, together with: Marek Sowa – former marshal of the Małopolskie voivodship, currently a deputy of Nowoczesna party, Gregor Macedoni – mayor of slovenian city of Nove Mesto, former mayor of Brzeszcze, and currently vice president of the Association for Local Activity Support – Teresa Jankowska and Salomon Ginzburg – President of The Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies “Regional Strategy” from Russia. Moderate the panel will be Nina Czała – a professor at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy from Ukraine.

Inga Goldberga was the Chairman of the Latvian Regional Development Agency and the City Development Department for many years, and as the Executive Director of the City Council she was actively working to strengthen and preserve social values, nurture regional traditions and the quality of the local policy of the Daugavpils region. From November 2018, he represents the interests of the inhabitants of Latgale in the Latvian Sejm.

Before the Second World War, the city of Daugavpils remained within the borders of Poland, then it belonged to the USSR until its fall. In 1991, over 82,000 Russians and foreign Belarussians and Ukrainians inhabited Daugavpils. Poles in this region constituted the second national group. A similar situation persists until today – Daugavpils has over 100,000 inhabitants, of which 80% are Russian-speaking Belarussians, Russians and Ukrainians, and Latvians constitute 17%. It is also the main center of Poles in Latvia.

It is a region extremely diverse in terms of language, culture and religion, which is a challenge for actions to maintain and develop local and regional identity in the inhabitants. The former Director of the City Council will talk about the specificity of the region and the city of Daugavpils, focusing on its socio-economic development in the context of the sense of belonging of its inhabitants.