03.07.2015


Workshop on Needs of persons with disabilities throughout disaster management cycle

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates
January 12 - January 13
 

The workshop organised by the State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia will bring together representatives from all the Member States of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the General Secretariat of the Council, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the European Disability Forum, the NGO sector in Latvia as well as international experts from Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe.
 
Experts will discuss the needs of persons with disabilities throughout disaster management cycle, examples of best practice and innovative solutions and technologies for persons with disabilities.


Informal Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates
January 29 - January 30
 

The Informal EU Council Meeting of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs will bring together Member State Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs and representatives from the European Commission, General Secretariat of the Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies.
 
It is a two-day meeting: the Ministers for Home Affairs meet on the first day , and the Ministers for Justice on the second. The main issues on the agenda for the Justice Ministers are personal data protection and the e-justice strategy.
 
 
 


Meeting of EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Senior Officials

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates
February 03 - February 04

The meeting will bring together senior EU and USA justice and home affairs officials. The meeting takes place once every six months in order to prepare for the corresponding EU-USA ministerial meeting which also takes place every six months.

During the meeting both sides will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views and experience on issues of mutual interest with the aim of strengthening cooperation in the fields of justice and home affairs. The agenda of the meeting in Riga contains the following issues: migration, personal data protection, judicial cooperation, combatting foreign fighters and the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

Europen Crime Prevention network (EUCPN) First Board meeting

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates
March 03 - March 04

The board meeting will bring together high-level officials of the EU Member States responsible for the coordination and dissemination of information on crime prevention in the corresponding Member States.

European Crime Prevention network serves as a source of information exchange on crime prevention issues. At the end of the year the annual Best Practice Conference will be organised sharing the best projects implemented in specific fields. The examples of best practice and statistics can be found also on EUCPN website. During the Latvian Presidency EUCPN team will focus on the issues of Preventing Secondary Victimisation*.

*Secondary victimisation – re-traumatisation of a crime victim.

Press release

Programme

 

 

European Migration Network (EMN) Annual Conference

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates
March 19 - March 20

 

“Attracting and Retaining Talent in Europe” conference is organised by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs as the Latvian Contact Point for the European Migration Network in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Home Affairs of the European Commission.

The conference highlights one of the priorities set in the context of migration by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, which envisages development of such legal migration policy that would allow Europe to become one of the favourite destinations for migrants, thus addressing demographic challenges that Europe is likely to face in the future. At the same time this will be the first event where preliminary findings of the study “Admitting third-country nationals for business purposes” prepared by the European Migration Network will be presented.

Programme

 

 

Meeting of the Network of EU Contact Points for Tackling Cross-Border Vehicle Crime (CARPOL) within the Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP)

Venue
Radisson Blu "Latvija" Hotel
Elizabetes iela 55, Rīga LV-1010, Latvia

Event dates

March 19 - March 20
 

The meeting of the EU experts on combating the cross-border vehicle crime (contact points) will bring together representatives from all the EU Member States and EU Agencies such as Europol, Interpol and Frontex. During the meeting such important issues will be discussed as combating vehicle crime in the EU and unification of the legislation regarding vehicle registration and inspection procedure.
 

Media programme

European Police College (CEPOL) Conference “Cybercrime –Strategic level”

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
March 25 - March 27
 

During each presidency it is a tradition to organise the European Police College (CEPOL) conference or seminar. The State Police of Latvia has chosen to organise “Cybercrime – strategic level” conference on issues regarding cybercrimes which are directly related to one of the priorities of the Latvian Presidency – Digital Europe.
 

It will focus on the topical issues of the operation of the EU law enforcement agencies as well as the cross-border cooperation among police services. The participants will discuss the EU law enforcement in the Member States and problems and challenges in cross-border cooperation when investigating cybercrimes. A special focus will be on the cooperation with the law enforcement agencies from the Eastern Partnership countries in the solving of cybercrime cases and prevention of them. The discussion will also be on challenges related to successfully investigating crimes committed by organised crime groups.
 

Media programme: eu2015.lv/images/Kalendars/IeM/25032015_Cepol_Media_programme_1803.pdf

Meeting of the National Coordinators for Drugs

Venue
Albert Hotel
Dzirnavu iela 33, Riga LV-1010, Latvia

Event dates

April 16

The meeting will be dedicated to the cannabis issue in Europe considering that it is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the EU. Its prevalence and distribution present a challenge of finding the most applicable solutions to fight against the negative effects provoked by the use of cannabis. The meeting will bring together representatives from the EU Member States’ managing authorities responsible for drug policy, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and Europol.

The meeting of the EU National Drugs Coordinators is held during each presidency in accordance with the EU Action Plan on Drugs. The aim of the meeting is to consider emerging trends, effective interventions and other policy developments of added value to the EU Drugs Strategy and to MS.

Media programme



European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) High-Level Workshop

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
April 21 - April 22
 

The meeting is attended by high-level police officials who are responsible for ensuring road traffic safety in the Member State represented. The meeting is organised within the framework of the STRIDER (Solutions to Reduce Serious Injuries and Death on European Roads) project.



TISPOL Council Working Group Meeting

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
April 22
 

The TISPOL Council Working Group Meeting brings together the heads of road police from all the EU Member States. The aim of the meeting is to come to an agreement about the necessary measures to be taken in order to improve road traffic safety in all EU Member States.

Meeting of the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) Operational Working Group

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
April 23
 
 
The meeting brings together one police official from each EU Member State. The aim of the workshop is to make proposals for improving road traffic safety in the EU Member States.


34th Meeting of the Directors General for Civil Protection

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
April 29 - April 30
 

Around 125-130 Directors General for Civil Protection and national experts from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and candidate countries will take part in the meeting.

 
This is a platform for Directors General of Civil Protection to discuss strategic issues. It is the highest-level forum for senior officials in the field of civil protection, both for mutual consultation and binding decision-making, which takes place during each presidency - i.e. twice a year. The discussions will focus on progress to date in the field of civil protection, as well on issues regarding the needs of persons with disabilities in all disaster management cycle phases (prevention, preparedness, response and recovery) which is one of the Presidency’s priorities. The discussions will also cover the action priorities and commitments which will be approved at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in Sendai, Japan on 14-18 March.

 

Meeting of Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security (COSI)

Venue
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
Elizabetes iela 55, Riga,
LV-1010, Latvia

Event dates

May 06 - May 07


Representatives of all EU Member States, the European Free Trade Area, the European Union Justice and Home Affairs agencies, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission and the EU Council General Secretariat are invited to participate in the informal meeting of Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security (COSI). The informal meeting is planning to present and discuss the issues related to the renewed EU Internal Security Strategy (ISS) - European Agenda on Security for the period from 2015 to 2020.

 

 

 

EU-US-Canada Expert Meeting on Critical Infrastructure Protection

Venue
Radisson Blu "Daugava" Hotel
Kuģu iela 24, Riga LV-1048, Latvia

Event dates
May 06 - May 07

 

The meeting will bring together Member State officials from the critical infrastructure contact points as well as representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety Canada.

Critical infrastructures consist of those physical and information technology facilities, networks, services and assets which, if disrupted or destroyed, would have a serious impact on the health, safety, security or economic well-being of citizens. Some critical elements are supply networks or chains (for example the supply of food or water).

The transatlantic cooperation provides information exchange on the protection of critical infrastructure objects and the coordination of strategic policy issues.These meetings are held since 2010.

Provisional Agenda:
•Critical infrastructure protection’s foreign policy dimension – impact of critical infrastructure in neighbouring countries to national internal security; enhancement of international cooperation;
•Cyber-security management and capacity building in critical situations;
•Critical infrastructure objects’ cyber security protection and enhancement;
•Perspective of EU-US-CAN cooperation;
•Effect of climate change and natural disasters on critical infrastructure objects;
•Reports on EU projects on critical infrastructure protection.

During the meeting discussions in groups will take place in which the participants will seek solutions to various critical infrastructure threats.

 

Meeting of the European Police College (CEPOL) Governing Board

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
May 19 - May 20
 

Meetings of the CEPOL Governing Board take place once every six months in the presiding country of the EU Council. The Chair of the Governing Board is a representative of the Member State holding the presidency of the European Union. The CEPOL Board is responsible for taking important decisions based on priorities defined by the presidency trio in the field of justice and home affairs. The programme of the IT-LV-LU Trio features critical issues such as illegal migration, the Schengen Area, internal security, cross-border crime, drug prevalence and fighting terrorism. The participants at the meeting discuss how to incorporate the priorities into CEPOL training plans and programmes by using different learning methods: residential courses and seminars, online seminars and e-learning modules. They examine reports on training carried out in previous years and proposals for the next year’s programmes made by the Member States. They also discuss the training budget and its provision.


EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

Event dates
June 2 - June 3
 

The agenda of the meeting covers issues on EU-US cooperation in justice and home affairs – migration, personal data protection issues, judicial cooperation, foreign fighters, the fight against terrorism and organised crime.


Meeting of the European Medical and Psychological Experts’ Network for Law Enforcement (EMPEN) within the framework of the Law Enforcement Working Group (LEWP)

Venue
Baltic Beach Hotel
Jūras iela 23/25, Jūrmala LV-2015, Latvia

Event dates
June 09 - June 12
 

The European Medical and Psychological Experts’ Network for Law Enforcement was established as a platform for experts in these fields to exchange experience and strengthen cooperation. It can make a significant contribution to improving the quality of medical and psychological services in the law enforcement field. Psychological assessment, psychological support/care for police officers and promoting the scientific activities of medical and psychological experts in the field of law enforcement are the fields of collaboration that were included in the Council of the European Union Resolution on the creation of EMPEN.


12th meeting of the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management Panel

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates

June 16


The security of state borders is a component of national security. The flows of persons and vehicles across state borders needs to be controlled by identifying risks and providing surveillance and security on the state border. In order to control cross-border flows in Latvia and other EU Member States, a state border security policy has been implemented which required an integrated approach. During the meeting representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries will exchange views and learn of best practices in the EU Member States in the field of Integrated Border Management.
 

Heads of SIRENE Bureau meeting Expert and political meetings

Venue
Radisson Blu "Latvija" Hotel
Elizabetes iela 55, Rīga LV-1010, Latvia

Event dates
June 18 - June 19

The Heads of SIRENE (Supplementary information request at the national entry) Bureaux meeting in Latvia will assess the quality of the cooperation between Member States' SIRENE Bureaux, discuss necessary technical or organisational measures to improve cooperation in problematic situations and specify procedures for information exchange. In addition, issues regarding the training of SIRENE bureaux employees and its contents will be discussed. The Heads of SIRENE Bureaux in all the EU Member States and EFTA Member States (Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) as well as representatives from the Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council and the EU Agency for Large-scale IT Systems (eu-LISA) will take part in the meeting.

 

European Crime Prevention network (EUCPN) Second Board meeting

Venue
National Library of Latvia
Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga LV-1423, Latvia

Event dates
June 29 - June 30
 

The board meeting will bring together high-level officials from the EU Member States responsible for the coordination and dissemination of information on crime prevention in the corresponding Member States.The European Crime Prevention network provides a source of information on crime prevention issues and activities to help to reduce different types of crimes. At the end of every year the ECPA (European Crime Prevention Award) is presented at the Best Practice Conference (BCA) organised on a selected topic to choose the best projects. Best practice examples and other useful information can be obtained from the EUCPN webpage at: http://www.eucpn.orgDuring the Latvian Presidency the EUCPN team will focus on preventing secondary victimisation*.

*Secondary victimisation – re-traumatisation of a crime victim.
 
 

 


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