On December 14th, 2020 a videoconference of the Cooperation Committee of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 programme “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime” took place to discuss the latest developments and the progress of the programme, as well as the conceptual approval of the Fund for Bilateral Relations activities plan.
The Ministry of the Interior as the programme operator informed the participants about the currently signed project agreements of the programme and emphasized that in January of 2021 an additional programme agreement – “Support for Barnahus implementation in Latvia” – is predicted to be signed. Currently, the Ministry of Welfare has submitted the application of the “Support for Barnahus implementation in Latvia” project and the Ministry of the Interior has started the evaluation procedures. The Ministry of the Interior informed the participants about the progress of procurement procedures in the context of Covid-19 and pointed out that one of the biggest procurements of the programme for the State Revenue Service project “Promoting cooperation between law enforcement authorities in preventing and combating economic crime in Latvia” has started. Due to Covid-19 the implementation of the project “Improvement of employees’ knowledge in combating money laundering in Latvia” has been postponed to the first half of 2021 as it is currently impossible to carry out the planned project activities.
The Cooperation Committee also discussed the bilateral cooperation issues in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic related travel and gathering restrictions. Four activities of the Fund for Bilateral Relations have received a confirmation from the donor state partners. The Ministry of the Interior and the project promoters continue the work to find additional partners for the activities of the Fund for Bilateral Relations.
The next Cooperation Committee meeting is planned in June 2021.
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