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The policy objectives defined in the Guidelines: To strengthen the traditional and non-traditional forms of civic participation



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The policy objectives defined in the Guidelines: To strengthen the traditional and non-traditional forms of civic participation

1.2.1.

Task: To promote political participation of the population. 






















1.2.1.1.

Measures:

Adoption of the draft law ‘Amendments to the Citizenship Law’, allowing for dual citizenship within the EU, EEA and NATO Member States.



2011, 2012

MI, MW, MJ, MC, MFA

The Draft Law ‘Amendments to the Citizenship Law’ submitted.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.1.2.

Provision of opportunities for electronic voting and introduction of electoral register at the Parliamentary elections.

2013, 2014

MI, MJ, CEC, MFA, MT, MEPRD

In 2013 provision of opportunities for electronic voting;

2014 deadline for introduction of electoral register at the Parliamentary elections.












Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.1.3.

An opportunity for the entirety of citizens to propose the Parliamentary and Council meeting agenda.

2012

MJ, MI, CEC, MC, MEPRD

Legal framework evaluated and relevant amendments to regulatory enactments adopted.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.1.4.

Public participation in policy making and implementation process on local government, public administration and the European Union level.

Every year

Ministries, local governments

In 2012 and 2013 a system of public involvement at different levels of policy making and implementation (public meetings, advisory boards, and working groups, including measures aimed at different target groups) improved.

In 2013 measures of the ‘European Year of Citizens' implemented.












Within the existing budget allocation

1.2.1.5.

Discussions on the issue regarding the citizenship of the Republic of Latvia, including as regards the children of the non-citizens.

2012

MC, MFA, MI

Discussion organized and relevant action based on the results of the discussion made.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.2.

Task: To support measures (workshops, public debate and consultations, website development, information materials) aimed at promoting growth of the proportion of citizens in Latvia and motivation of non-citizens to acquire Latvian citizenship.

Every year

MC, SIF, MI

OCMA home page section on naturalization matters improved.

Information days on the opportunities and conditions of naturalization organized.

Information materials on the naturalization procedure published.

An Internet resource - the naturalization exam e-test for support of the study process developed.












2012-2015: EFITCN.
2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

1.2.3.

Task: To promote civic participation of young people151.






















1.2.3.1.

Measures:

To support young people’s formal and informal participation in social processes.



Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, MES, AIPY

 


Two events per year held.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

Latvian - Swiss Cooperation Programme ‘NGO Fund’

Latvian - Swiss Cooperation Programme ‘Support for the development of youth initiatives in peripheral or disadvantaged regions’.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.3.2.

To support young people’s transnational initiatives in the field of civic participation, interest education and learning experience.

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, MES, AIPY

 


Two events per year held.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

Latvian - Swiss Cooperation Programme ‘NGO Fund’.

Latvian - Swiss Cooperation Programme ‘Support for the development of youth initiatives in peripheral or disadvantaged regions’..

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.4.

Task: Improving conditions of operation for non-governmental organizations.






















1.2.4.1.

Measures:

Development of the legal arrangements for the programme ‘Latvian NGO Fund’ and development of NGOs and ensuring of their sustainability.



2012

SIF, MC, MF, SC

Legal arrangements for the programme ‘Latvian NGO Fund’ adopted.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.4.2.

Development of the programme ‘Latvian NGO Fund’.
Allocations for funding of the projects of NGOs

(45 projects – each for 10 000 lats) – 450 000 lats.

Allocations for the management of the fund (10% wages, taxes, administrative costs) – 50 000 lats.


Every year, starting with 2013

 


SIF, MC, MF, SC







500 000

500 000

Additional budgetary funding required.

1.2.4.3.

Update of the Manual for the work of public benefit organizations.

2014

MF, MC













Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.4.4.

Performance evaluation of the programme ‘NGO Fund’ of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism during the period from 2009 to 2014.

2015-2016

SIF, MC













2015-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

1.2.4.5.

Establishing of cooperation network for cross – ethnic NGOs.

2013 - 2016

MC, SIF

One event per year held.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.4.6.

To promote mutual cooperation of NGOs and cooperation of NGOs with public administration, ensuring availability of information on different NGOs (to develop a single NGO sector classification; to establish in the regulatory enactments the legal basis for making a relevant entry, the legal status of the relevant records and the order for making ​​public in order to ensure entering records on belonging of a relevant subject to a certain field of activity of the NGO sector in the registers maintained by the Register of Enterprises and to ensure their public availability; to develop and implement appropriate technical solutions according to the provisions contained in the regulatory enactments).

2012 - 2014

MC, MJ

In 2012 single NGO sector classification by MC prepared.

In 2013 legal framework to ensure entering records on belonging of a relevant subject to a certain activity area of the NGO sector in the registers maintained by the Register of Enterprises and making them available to the public by MJ developed;

In 2014 recording and maintenance of data allowing the identification and selection of associations and foundations according to their field of activity in the relevant register maintained by the Register of Enterprises by MJ ensured.











Within the existing budget allocation (2012 - 2014).

Amount of the additional funding required will be determinable following the development of the relevant regulatory framework.



1.2.5.

Task: Development of traditional and non-traditional forms of civic participation.






















1.2.5.1.

Measures:

Workshops on public and non-governmental sector cooperation and partnership promotion.



2014, 2017

MC, SC













Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.5.2.

To promote donation, sponsorship and philanthropic tradition.

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF

One informative campaign per year held.

One awareness raising workshop for the NGO sector per year held.












2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.5.3.

Support for self - initiatives of the population and development of geographic communities.

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, MEPRD, local governments

Two projects per year supported.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.5.4.

Popularization of the role of social media in civic participation.

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, SC, MEPRD

One workshop for the NGO sector per year held.

One workshop for the public administration employees per year held.












2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.5.5.

Establishment of a system of regional coordinators for consolidation of the civic society and social integration.

Every year, starting with 2015

MC, MEPRD, local governments

System established, a coordinator in each planning region operates.










Additional budgetary funding required.

1.2.6.

Task: Support for volunteer work.























1.2.6.1.

Measures:

Support for measures promoting public awareness of the nature and the value of volunteer work (including identifying opportunities for estimating of the economic value of volunteering).



Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, MF

Two events per year held.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.6.2.

NGO capacity building in order to ensure opportunities for establishing environment favorable for volunteer involvement in NGOs.

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, MES

Two projects per year supported.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.6.3.

Support for measures promoting cooperation of different generations within the framework of voluntary work, using libraries, culture centers, community houses and schools. 

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, SIF, MES, MW

Two events per year held.










2013-2016: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.2.7.

Task: Creation of a national-level coordinating system in order to support immigrant participation.






















1.2.7.1.

Measures:

The National Integration Center for support of immigrant participation, including access to the information necessary for participation (a single website, informational materials, counseling).



2012-2013

MC, MI (OCMA)

A support system for third country nationals , coordinated by the MC project implementation unit - National Integration Centre, established.










2012-2015: EFITCN.


1.2.7.2.

National level Advisory Council with participation of immigrants and representatives of their organizations.

Regularly, starting with 2012

MC, MI (OCMA), MES, MW, MH, MFA, local governments

An advisory board composed of the ministry and local government representatives and representatives of non-governmental organizations and third-country nationals established.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.7.3.

Regular review of legal arrangements and development of legislation required in order to ensure fundamental rights of third-country nationals (employment, education, health care, social support and other issues).

2012, 2013, in subsequent years as necessary

MC, MI, MW, MH, MES

Legal arrangements assessed and appropriate amendments to legislation made or new legislation adopted.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.7.4.

Measures to encourage integration of refugees and persons with subsidiary protection. 

Every year

MC, MI, MW, MES;

Support measures for integration of refugees and persons with subsidiary protection implemented, including the opportunity to learn the Latvian language, access to education improved, support for solution of health care and social issues provided.. 










Within the existing budget allocation.

ERF.


1.2.8.

Task: To perform the situation analysis on civic participation process.






















1.2.8.1.

Measures:

To perform a study on the development of civic participation in Latvia by establishing indicators for regular monitoring of civic participation in Latvia. 



2013

MC, SIF, SC

Study published, indicators established.










2013: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

1.2.8.2.

To monitor the development, obstacles and challenges of the processes of civic participation, including to provide regular evaluation of the legal environment of the civic society activity and to identify improvements.

2015, 2017

MC, SC

Every year evaluation of the legal environment of the civic society activity provided and improvements identified.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.8.3.

To carry out research on citizenship status (including dual citizenship) in the context of Latvia and the EU.

2013

MI

Study published.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.2.8.4.

Development of a study on identification and mitigation of administrative barriers to NGO activity (including, as regards effective uptaking of the funding, drafting of annual accounts, bookkeeping).

2014

MC, SIF

 


Study published.










2014: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

1.2.8.5.

Study on the NGO sector of Latvia.

2013, 2015

MC, SIF

Study published.










2015: indicatively- EEA Financial Mechanism.

1.2.9.

Task: development of information systems and electronic services






















1.2.9.1.

Measure:

Establishment of a multi-lingual block and machine translation infrastructure for provision of e-service accessibility



2012-2013

MC (KIS)

In 2013 ensured that it is possible to translate every web page from Latvian to English and Russian.










ERDF.

1.3.




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