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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

Discussions on reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths on European roads

SAODN / 16.04.2015

Riga, 16 April 2015. On 21-23 April in Jūrmala several events will bring together experts from the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) to discuss issues on road traffic safety. 
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Discussing trends in combating drug addiction in EU

SAODN / 10.04.2015

Riga, 10 April 2015. On 16 April the Meeting of the National Drug Coordinators will take place at the Albert Hotel, 33 Dzirnavu iela, Riga, during which the latest trends and actions taken in combating drug addiction in the EU will be discussed.
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Combating cybercrime in the EU to be promoted in Jūrmala

SAODN / 24.03.2015

Riga, 23 March 2015. On 25-27 March, the European Police College (CEPOL) conference „Cybercrime – Strategic level" will take place in Jūrmala. The aim of the conference is to improve cooperation and harmonize the investigative methods among law enforcement authorities of the EU Member States, as well as to improve public and private partnership and cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries and candidate countries for the combat against cybercrime. … Read more

EU needs to limit “cloned” car registration to combat vehicle crime

Riga, 23 March 2015. During the meeting of the Network of EU Contact Points for Tackling Cross-Border Vehicle Crime (CARPOL) which took place on 19-20 March, there was a discussion on how to combat vehicle crime within the EU more efficiently, both improving  vehicle registration and inspection procedures, and introducing the 17- digit VIN for agricultural and construction machinery. … Read more

Attracting and retaining talented immigrants in Europe is essential for demographic and economic growth

Riga, 20 March 2015. On 19-20 March the Annual Conference of the European Migration Network “Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe” took place at the National Library of Latvia, Riga.Read more

Experts discuss attracting and retaining talent in Europe

SAODN / 17.03.2015

Riga, 17 March 2015. On 19-20 March the Annual Conference of the European Migration Network “Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe” will take place at the National Library of Latvia, 3 Mūkusalas iela, Riga. The conference will be opened by the Latvian Minister for the Interior, Rihards Kozlovskis.
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Needs for people with disabilities in disaster management to be emphasised at global level

As part of the Latvian delegation, Chief of State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (SFRS) Oskars Āboliņš will take part in the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan on 14-18 March.
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Combating vehicle crime in the EU to be promoted in Riga

SAODN / 13.03.2015

On 19-20 March, the Network of EU Contact Points for Tackling Cross-Border Vehicle Crime (CARPOL) will meet at the Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel, 55 Elizabetes iela, Riga. … Read more

Information on the Media Accreditation on March 16 and Fact Sheets on the topical Issues

SAODN / 13.03.2015

Dear media representatives,

We hereby send the information of the State Police on the media accreditation for March 16, as well as information on other topical issues, incl.:
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Ministers decide on futher steps on fight agaist terrorism

SAODN / 13.03.2015

On Thursday, March 12, the Minister for the Interior, Rihards Kozlovskis chaired the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) in Brussels. During the meeting, the EU Member States expressed their views on migration, the fight against terrorism and other issues.
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European Crime Prevention Network experts change their experience on secondary victimisation

SAODN / 05.03.2015

Riga, 5 March 2015. On 3-4 March at the National Library of Latvia, board meeting of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) took place. The meeting was attended by high-level state officials responsible for coordination and dissemination of information about crime prevention policies in the respective Member States. … Read more