On May 19th & 20th, 2022, the Ministry of the Interior along Royal Norwegian Embassy, Council of Europe and EEA Grant Financial Mechanism Office representatives, as well as project promoters (State Police, State Revenue Service, Financial Intelligence Unit, Ministry of Justice, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and Ministry of Welfare) looked at the achieved results, as well as upcoming investments towards steps for secure Latvia as part of the EEA Grant 2014-2021 programme “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime” (programme) mid-term evaluation event.
“We, the Ministry of the Interior, are working towards a secure and competitive Latvia, which is also the EEA Grant slogan. This slogan guides both the Ministry of the Interior as the programme operator and the programme project promoters along their partners for common work to make today’s Latvia a country, which is even more secure for us, our families and even more competitive for Latvia’s entrepreneurs, society and international partners, than the Latvia, which we know back in the programme inception in 2019,” stated Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Ingūna Aire.
As part of a larger event cycle State Revenue Service Customs Department Cynology Service demonstrated the abilities of its working dogs, which will be trained further in the renovated cynology center in Rēzekne funded by the programme. Programme Donors and operator visited the Economic Crime Enforcement Department of the State Police, where the positive impact of the programme on combating crime in Latvia was analysed. Project visits were concluded in the Children’s Clinical University Hospital, because next year a one-stop help agency for child victims of violence (“Barnahus” – children’s house) is to be opened there. “Barnahus” model guarantees coordinated and interdisciplinary support for child victims of violence, which prevents repeated emotional traumatisation during investigation and criminal proceedings.
Total programme “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime” contribution is 20 327 059 EUR. EEA Grant contribution is 85 % or 17 278 000 EUR, national contribution is 15 % or 3 049 059 EUR. Programme involves more than 15 institutions from Latvia and abroad. Programme goal is to strengthen institutional capacity to prevent and combat economic crime in Latvia, as well as to improve interinstitutional cooperation to ensure that child victims and witnesses of violence are treated in a child-friendly manner by establishing “Barnahus” model in Latvia.
Information by the International Project Coordination Unit of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia.
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