3. Description of the Situation 3.1. Civil Society and Integration An active civil society promotes common development of the State and participation in it increases each person’s social capital. A civil society encourages the cohesion of a nation on the basis of both national and democratic values. Therefore, the task of the civil integration policy of Latvia is to reduce the barriers for the development of Latvia’s civil society and to promote civic participation skills of the population and opportunities to become involved in the solution of society’s common issues.