EEA Grants and children’s rights protection in Latvia – discussion “Children 2025” - EEZ un Norvēģijas finanšu instrumenti
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EEA Grants and children’s rights protection in Latvia – discussion “Children 2025”

On June 1st, 2021, International Children’s Day, an online strategic discussion “Children 2025” took place with initiation from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia. During the event, insights into the importance of protecting children’s rights were discussed, including orphan court reform, implementation of the principle of the best interests of children in the practice of application of Latvian law, changing the concept of children’s administrative responsibility and EEA Grant co-financed Barnahus (Children’s House) implementation in Latvia.

Project Support for Barnahus implementation in Latvia project manager Ilze Bērziņa from the Ministry of Welfare introduced wider public and participants of the discussion – Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns, Minister of Welfare Ramona Petraviča, Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia Juris Jansons, State Police Chief Armands Ruks and others – with Children’s House (Barnahus) implementation plans in Latvia in cooperation with the Government Agency for Child Protection of Iceland, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Children’s Clinical University Hospital, The State Inspectorate for Protection of Children’s Rights.

The project aims to create a one-stop support agency for child victims or witnesses of violence in Latvia by introducing an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional cooperation model in Latvia that would guarantee coordinated and effective institutional support and would prevent secondary victimization of children. Doctors, police and other law enforcement institution officers, social workers and psychologists will work together to ensure the best interests of the child.

Support for the project is received from the EEA Grants for 2014-2021 under the International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime programme. The project deadline is April of 2024. Total project funding is roughly 2 million euros out of which EEA Grants funding is 1.7 million euros or 85% from the total funding.

Recording of the discussion is available in Latvian on the website of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia.

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