On the September 22nd 2020 during a work meeting in the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Riga the Ministry of the Interior as the Program Operator informed about the progress on the implementation of the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism for the Period 2014-2021 program “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime”.
Program Operator’s manager Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia Ingūna Aire informed the participants about the first stages of the implementation of the program, including but not limited to the base of regulatory enactments developed and the approved Management and Control System. Also, I.Aire mentioned that under the framework of the program three project agreements with the total sum of 13 172 059 euros have been signed. The total allocated funding of the program is 17 647 059 euros out of which 85% or 15 000 000 euros are financed as EEA Grants and 15% or 2 647 059 euros as national co-financing.
The representatives of the Ministry of the Interior introduced meeting participants with the project status, challenges within the program and the following steps.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Latvia Kristian Ødegaard welcomed the work of the Ministry of the Interior and expressed interest in visiting the sites of the project implementation. The ambassador also wished a continued successful implementation and quality monitoring of the projects as well as offered help to attract donor state authorities to reach goals of the fund for bilateral relations.
During the meeting, participants welcomed the successful cooperation so far and agreed for further cooperation with the goal of efficient implementation of the program.
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