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 Activity area: Shared social memory



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3. Activity area: Shared social memory

3.1.  To enhance understanding of the World War II and the Soviet occupation in Latvia based on true facts and according to democratic values.

3.2. To promote exploration, research and understanding of local and European history.
7. Links with National and International Legislation,

as well as Other Development Planning Documents
The Guidelines have been elaborated with due regard to Articles 2, 4, 91, 98, 99, 101, 102 and 114 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.
The Guidelines have been elaborated with due regard to Paragraph 8.1 of the tasks targeted by the Action Plan of the Cabinet led by Valdis Dombrovskis.

The Guidelines are elaborated in accordance with the EU, CE and other binding international legislation:



  • Lisbon Treaty;127

  • Stockholm Programme;128

  • Communication from the Commission "Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth";129

  • European Pact on Immigration and Asylum;130

  • Framework for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the European Union;131

  • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions. European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals;132

  • EU common framework for the inclusion of the Romas;133

  • Communication from the Commission concerning an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 (05.04.2011);134

  • EU Council conclusions on an EU framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020;135

  • Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin;136

  • Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation;137

  • Council Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the right to family reunification;138

  • Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents139;

  • Council Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third-country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection;

  • Resolution of the European Parliament on the situation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania adopted 13 January 1983.

The Guidelines have been developed taking into account the following international instruments binding for Latvia:



  • The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948140;

  • The European Human Rights Convention of 1950141;

  • The UN Convention on refugee status of 1951;

  • The European Social Charter of 1961;

  • The UN International Convention on All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 1965142;

  • The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966143;

  • The UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966144;

  • The UNESCO Convention on World Cultural and Natural Heritage145;

  • The UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities of 1992146;

  • The Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities of 1995147;

  • The Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society of 2005148.

The Guidelines have been developed taking into account the goals and objectives set out in the following national policy development documents:



  • National Development Plan for Latvia for 2007 - 2013 (Cabinet Regulation No. 564 of 4 July 2006);

  • Sustainable Development Strategy for Latvia until 2030 (adopted by Parliamentary Resolution No.953/Lm9 of 10 June 2010);

  • Lifelong Learning Policy Guidelines for 2007 - 2013 (Cabinet Order No. 111 of 23 February 2007);

  • Education Development Policy Guidelines for 2007 - 2013 (Cabinet Order No. 742 of 27 2006);

  • The Guidelines for the State Culture Policy for 2006 - 2015. The Nation State (Cabinet Order No. 264 of 18 April 2006);

  • The Guidelines for the State Language Policy for 2005 - 2014 (Cabinet Order No. 137 of 2 March 2005);

  • The Policy Guidelines for Strengthening Civil Society for 2005 - 2014 (Cabinet Order No. 98 of 15 February 2005);

  • Promoting of Civil Society Programme for 2008 - 2012 (Cabinet Order No.366 of 30 June 2008);

  • National Programme ‘Livs in Latvia’ for 2008 - 2012 (Cabinet Order No.463 of 4 August 2008);

  • Youth Policy Guidelines for 2009 - 2018 (Cabinet Order No. 246 of 20 April 2009);

  • Joint Inclusion Memorandum of Latvia (approved by the Law ‘On Joint Memorandum on Social Inclusion adopted on 17 June 2004);

  • The concept of a single authentication mechanism for the introduction of options in State information systems (Cabinet Order No.140 of 30 March 2011);

  • Latvian National Reform Programme for the Implementation of ‘Europe 2020’ Strategy (26.04.2010, Cabinet Protocol No. 27 (§ 34) of 26 April 2010).

The following Latvian planning region territory development planning documents are taken into account in the development of policy guidelines:



  • Riga Region Development Programme for 2005 - 2011 (approved at Riga Planning Region Development Council meeting on 7 January 2005);

  • Latgale Planning Region Spatial Plan for 2006 - 2026 (approved at Latgale Planning Region Development Council meeting on 3 October 2007);

  • Zemgale Planning Region Development Programme for 2008 - 2014 (approved at Zemgale Planning Region Development Council meeting on 16 September 2008);

  • Vidzeme Planning Region Development Programme for 2007 - 2013 (approved at Vidzeme Planning Region Development Council meeting on 19 September 2007);

  • Kurzeme Region Development Strategy for 2004 - 2013 (approved by Kurzeme Planning Region Development Council on 11 February 2004).






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