Press information

On 23 May, the Cabinet of Ministers issued an order on the extension of the participation of a State Border Guard official with a special service rank in the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) and the allocation of financial resources from the State budget programme “Funds for Unforeseen Events”.

Senior Inspector of the State Border Guard Ventspils Board Kurzeme I Category Service Liepaja I Category Department, Lieutenant Commander Jānis Padāns, started his service in the EUMM Georgia on 4 August 2022 and his participation period is extended until 3 August 2024. 

In order to ensure the stay of J.Padāns in the EUMM Georgia, the Government approved the allocation of additional financial resources to the Ministry of the Interior (State Border Guard) in 2023 – 19 261 euro, and in 2024 – 29 590 euro.

Latvia continues to support international efforts to strengthen security and promote stability by participating in UN, EU, OSCE and NATO missions and operations. Up to 30 civilian experts are deployed each year to participate in international missions.

Currently, 15 Latvian civilian experts are participating in EU civilian international missions. In the EUMM Georgia – 10, in the European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine)  – 3, and in the European Union Mission in Armenia (EUMA)  – 2.

Officials of the Ministry of the Interior have been contributing professionally to the EUMM Georgia for more than 14 years.

The EUMM Georgia is an unarmed observation mission which started its work on 1 October 2008 in accordance with the 12 August 2008 agreement between Russia and Georgia, in which the EU played a mediation role, and the European Security and Defence Policy Decision adopted on 8 September 2008. Its mission is to contribute to stability throughout Georgia and the surrounding region.

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Ministry of the Interior

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