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Activities of HESTIA Project presented at high level meetings and conferences in Belgium and France

SAODN / 08.07.2015

The meeting of the Informal EU Network of National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms (NREMs) on Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Brussels on 9-10 June 2015. The meeting was co-organised and co-chaired by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. … Read more

European Crime Prevention Network hands over flag to Luxembourg

SAODN / 02.07.2015

Riga, 1 July 2015. On 29-30 June, the second board meeting of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) took place at the National Library of Latvia.  During the meeting participants discussed issues related to organised crime and how to provide support to the European authorities in combating it. … Read more

CEPOL: Council and Parliament agree on updated rules

SAODN / 01.07.2015

On 29 June the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved, on behalf of the Council, a compromise reached with the European Parliament on a regulation establishing a European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), which will repeal and replace the current Council decision establishing the European Police College. … Read more

Dublin has held the first coordination meeting of the project HESTIA

SAODN / 30.06.2015

In order to discuss the progress of the project HESTIA*, results and conclusions of national and regional round table meetings**, the first project coordination meeting was held in Dublin from 3 to 5 June (Ireland) chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality of Ireland in collaboration with the Immigrant Council of Ireland. It was attended by 20 project coordinators and researchers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Finland and Ireland. 
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European Crime Prevention Network hands over flag to Luxembourg during the last home affairs event of the Presidency

SAODN / 29.06.2015

Riga, 27 June. On 29-30 June, the second board meeting of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) will take place at the National Library of Latvia, which is the last home affairs event of the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council in Latvia. During the meeting the EUCPN flag will be handed over to the next presidency – Luxembourg.
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Discuss cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries in border management

SAODN / 19.06.2015

Riga, 18 June. On 16-17 June, the Latvian State Border Guard organised the 12th meeting of the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Panel, which brought together representatives from EU Member States, the European Commission, and Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan), as well as representatives from border guarding and customs institutions. … Read more

Home affairs ministers discuss migration, fight against terrorism and internal security strategy

SAODN / 17.06.2015

On Tuesday, 16 June, the Minister for the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis chaired the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) in Luxembourg. During the meeting, the EU Member States discussed migration, fight against terrorism and internal security strategy. … Read more

Discuss best practice of EU countries in the field of integrated border management

SAODN / 15.06.2015

Riga, 15 June. On 16-17 June, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union the Latvian State Border Guard is organising the 12th meeting of the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Panel. … Read more

International conference on psychological and medical selection of police personnel to take place in Jūrmala

SAODN / 10.06.2015

Riga, 9 June 2015. On 10-12 June the Experience-Sharing Conference of European Medical and Psychological Experts' Network for law enforcement (EMPEN). This year the conference aims to look at and evaluate different approaches to psychological and medical selection of the police personnel.
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EU-US Justice and Home Affairs meeting endorses Riga Statement for transatlantic cooperation in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice

Riga, 3 June 2015. On 3 June, the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting took place in Riga. It brought together representatives from the European Commission, the Unites States, the Latvian and incoming Luxembourg Presidency, Eurojust, Frontex and Europol. At the end of the meeting, the representatives reached an agreement on the Riga Statement on “Enhancing transatlantic cooperation in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice”. … Read more

EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to discuss transatlantic cooperation

Riga, 28 May 2015. On 3 June, the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting will take place in Riga. It will bring together representatives from the European Commission, the Unites States, the Latvian and incoming Luxembourgish Presidency, Eurojust, Frontex and Europol. At the end of the meeting, the representatives are expected to reach an agreement on the Joint Statement on “Enhancing transatlantic cooperation in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice”. … Read more

Significant restrictions at Riga International Airport on May 21-22

Due to large scale safety measures during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on May 21-22, significant restrictions will be in place at Riga International Aiport. Therefore, passengers are required to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight. … Read more

Traffic restrictions in the city during the Summit

On 21-22 May, the Eastern Partnership Summit will take place in Riga. During the Summit, several traffic restrictions will be introduced in Riga and near Riga International Airport. Changes in Riga public transport schedules are not planned, however some temporary traffic restriction may apply. … Read more

Discuss protection of and possible threats to critical infrastructure

SAODN / 11.05.2015

Riga, 10 May 2015. On 6-7 May the EU-US-Canada Expert Meeting on Critical Infrastructure Protection took place in Riga, during which the participants agreed on the development of practical cooperation for the upcoming year. … Read more

EU-US-Canada experts on critical infrastructure protection to discuss enhanced cooperation

SAODN / 05.05.2015

Riga, 5 May 2015. On 6-7 May the EU-US-Canada Expert Meeting on Critical Infrastructure Protection will take place at the Hotel Radisson Blu "Daugava" in Riga. The meeting will bring together Member State officials from the critical infrastructure contact points and representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security and Canada's Department of Public Safety.

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34th meeting of Directors-General for Civil Protection to take place in Jūrmala

SAODN / 29.04.2015

Riga, 29 April 2015 – On 29-30 April, the 34th meeting of the Directors-General for Civil Protection will take place in Jūrmala. During the meeting, the directors will discuss the latest issues and developments in the field of civil protection. … Read more

TISPOL gives green light to future speed enforcement marathons on European roads

Riga, 24 April 2015. On 21-23 April in Jūrmala experts from the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) discussed the issues on road traffic safety, as well as the results of the pan-European speed enforcement marathon which took place on 16 April … Read more

Statement by Presidency of the EU Council on developments in the Mediterranean

SAODN / 20.04.2015

The Presidency is deeply concerned by the developments in the Mediterranean. The situation needs to be addressed by tackling it at its roots. The Presidency welcomes the joint meeting of EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Ministers for Home Affairs taking place in the afternoon of 20 April. … Read more

Participants of HESTIA meeting agreed on the use of terms “piespiedu laulības” and “forced marriages” within the context of human trafficking

SAODN / 20.04.2015

Aiming at achieving common understanding of the sham marriage phenomenon and its direct link to human trafficking, on March 19, the Ministry of the Interior and non-governmental organisation “Shelter “Safe House”” organised a national round table meeting within the framework of HESTIA* project, in which 26 representatives from the government, local government and non-governmental sector participated. During the meeting, participants discussed the concept of sham marriage, its use in Latvian and English language, previous experience of experts and specialists, identified issues in resolving the cases of human trafficking with an intent to enter into a sham marriage, as well as necessary preventive measures to reduce the spread of sham marriages in Latvia and European Union.  … Read more

Discussing negative effects of cannabis distribution in Europe

SAODN / 20.04.2015

On 16 April the Meeting of the National Drug Coordinators of EU Member States took place in Riga, during which the latest tendencies and actions taken by the Member States to reduce the drug addiction in the EU were discussed. Experts raised the issue of how to restrict the distribution of cannabis in Europe. … Read more