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The policy goal defined in the Guidelines: To promote inclusion of socially excluded groups into the society and to prevent discrimination



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The policy goal defined in the Guidelines: To promote inclusion of socially excluded groups into the society and to prevent discrimination

1.3.1.

Task: Inclusion into society of persons who are marginalized due to poverty and geographical isolation.






















1.3.1.1.

Measures:

To support NGO, library, culture centre and community house cooperation as social support centers and to provide access to cultural activities, especially for the poor (such as cultural passports, free Internet access points in libraries), as well as for the visually impaired persons.

Co-financing of the programme for acquisition of books, periodicals, electronic information resources necessary for the social support functions for 832 libraries (832 libraries x 500 lats per year) – 416 000 lats;

Co-financing of the programme for organization of training and measures (832 x 341,35 lats per year) – 284 000 lats.



Every year, starting with 2014

MC, MW, MEPRD










700 000

Additional budgetary funding required.

1.3.1.2.

Support measures for the groups of population subdued to the social exclusion risks, including the Roma, for accessibility and provision of social services and health care services.

Every year, starting with 2014

MW, MC













Within budgetary allocation framework.

2014- 2018: indicatively- ESF “Human Resources and Employment” sub-activity 1.4.1 ‘Social inclusion’.



1.3.1.3.

To support activities of youth centers for marginalized groups of young people.

2012 - 2017

AIPY

Work with young people at local governments supported.










Swiss financial instrument

1.3.2.

Task: Regular educational and awareness raising measures on migration and integration of third-country nationals for different target groups of society, including awareness raising measures with the participation of immigrants and measures for the representatives of the media.

2013 - 2015

MC, MI, MFA

At least 5 events per year held.










2012- 2015: indicatively- EFITCN.

1.3.3.

Task: To inform the public and to train professionals of various supporting professions152 in respect to tolerance and social exclusion, intercultural competencies and case law relating to discrimination.






















1.3.3.1.

Measures:

Workshops based on the results of the study of Latvian anti-discrimination laws, their application and case law (see measure 1.3.4.1.).

 


2012, 2013

MC, MW, MJ, Office of the Ombudsman

In 2012 four workshops in the regions and two in Riga, with 180 people trained held.

In 2013 four workshops in the regions and two in Riga held .












2012- 2014: indicatively- PROGRESS.

1.3.3.2.

Workshops on diversity management and non- discrimination for different target groups.

2012, 2013

MC, MW

In 2012 four workshops in the regions and two workshops in Riga, with 180 people trained held.

In 2013 four workshops in the regions and two workshops in Riga held.












2012- 2014: indicatively- PROGRESS.

1.3.3.3.

Training for employers and HR professionals on the principles of diversity management, benefits and best practice.

2012, 2013

MC, MW, SIF

In 2012 four workshops in the regions and one in Riga, with 125 people trained held.

In 2013 four workshops in the regions and one in Riga held.












2012- 2014: indicatively- PROGRESS.

1.3.3.4.

Educational measures for children and young people on tolerance and non - discrimination.

2012, 2013

MC, SIF, NLL, MW, Office of the Ombudsman

In 2012, ‘Children’s jury’ on the books on the issues of tolerance and non-discrimination held, workshops in four regional libraries and the National Library of Latvia held, an animated film based on the results of the workshops created and interactive lessons about tolerance for the schoolchildren of the grades 6 and 7 held..

In 2013, ‘Children’s jury’ on the books on the issues of tolerance and non-discrimination held, workshops in four regional libraries and the National Library of Latvia held.












2012- 2014: indicatively- PROGRESS.

1.3.3.5.

Information campaign in media ‘Tolerance and equal opportunities.’

2012, 2013

MC, MW

A campaign on the radio, TV, Internet, in print media, in social media, etc organized.










2012- 2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

1.3.4.

Task: Development of non-discrimination monitoring and evaluation system.






















1.3.4.1.

Measures:

Legal arrangements for prevention of discrimination assessed and study of legislation on anti-discrimination in Latvia, their application and case law completed.



Every year

MC, MW

In 2012 a study of regulatory enactments on anti-discrimination in Latvia, their application and case law published..

In 2012 Cabinet Decision on the responsible ministry in the field of prevention of discrimination adopted.

From 2013 onwards, every two years, Information Report on the improvement opportunities of prevention of discrimination submitted to the Cabinet, as well as implementation in accordance with the Cabinet Decision ensured.











2012- 2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

1.3.4.2.

Statistical data collection system on manifestations of discrimination in respect to different social groups established.

Every year, starting with 2013

MC, MW, SIF

In 2013 a statistical data collection and compilation system on the situation in the socio-economic areas of the Roma (employment, education, health care and affordable housing) developed.

Statistical data on different social groups from different perspectives, for instance, regarding the education and employment areas from the ethnical perspective compiled.












2012- 2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

 2013- 2016: indicatively-EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.


1.3.4.3.

Methods that focus on recognizing discrimination and diversity management approaches improved.

Work of the researchers – 9 000 lats;

Publishing and layout design (only on Internet) – 500 lats;

Presentations and other administrative costs – 500 lats.



2012, 2014, 2016, 2018

MC, MW, SIF

In 2012 the situation testing on anti-discrimination (study) performed.

In 2014 standard for provision of public and local government services for work with different clients elaborated.









10 000

2012- 2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

From 2014 additional budgetary funding required.



1.3.4.4.

Public opinion polls on the awareness, skills and attitudes of the population of Latvia to prevention of discrimination and tolerance.

2013, 2015, 2017

MC, MW, SIF

In 2013 a study on the awareness, skills and attitudes of the population of Latvia to the persons who are confronted with intolerance and discrimination most of all published.










2013: indicatively-PROGRESS.

From 2015 onwards within the existing budget allocation.



1.3.4.5.

Study ‘Participation of Latvian national minorities in the public sector in the perspective of diversity management approach’.

2012

MC, MW

Study published electronically in Latvian, the study presentation held.










2012: indicatively-PROGRESS.

1.3.4.6.

Study ‘Problems of Latvian national minorities in retaining the ethnic identities and prospects in relation to the implementation of the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities.’

2014

MC, MW













2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

1.3.5.

Task: Promotion of intercultural dialogue skills in education.






















1.3.5.1.

Measures:

To carry out research on accredited programmes of higher educational establishments and training programmes of other educational establishments of Latvia in respect to education for intercultural dialogue.



2014

MC, SIF, MES













2014: indicatively-

EEA Financial Mechanism.



1.3.5.2.

Scientific and practical conference on intercultural dialogue and tolerance issues.

2015

MC, SIF, MES













2015: indicatively-

EEA Financial Mechanism.



1.3.6.

Task: Support measures for the integration of the Roma, increase of their level of education and employment, as well as in the field of higher accessibility to health and social care, and housing services.






















1.3.6.1.

Measures:

Increase the level of education of the children of the Roma, ensuring adequate training programmes and methods, and expand opportunities for the Roma community representatives, who are above the age of compulsory education, to participate in learning153.



Every year

MC, SIF, MW, MEPRD, MES, local governments

In 2012 one workshop in Riga for the Roma assistant teachers with 15 participants held.

In 2012 and 2013 a long-term national institution and local government coordinated system for supporting the Roma teacher assistants established.

In 2013 educational workshops for the Roma families on the benefits of education and employment and the debate on school attendance held.











2012- 2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

2013- 2016: indicatively-

EEA Financial Mechanism.

From 2017 additional budgetary funding required.



1.3.6.2.

Development of a dialogue between the Roma community representatives, social partners and NGOs (co-operation projects for the Roma integration, establishment and implementation of the mentoring programme, training of the Roma NGO representatives).

Every year

MC, MW, MES, MEPRD, local governments

In 2012 a platform for cooperation between the Roma community activists and NGOs, as well as employers established.










Within the existing budget allocation.

1.3.6.3.

Situation analysis and improvement of the professional skills of the Roma, inclusion of the Roma in the labour market and promotion of the entrepreneurship.

Work of the researchers – 6 500 lats;

Publishing and layout design (only on Internet) – 500 lats;

Presentations and other administrative costs – 300 lats.



2013

MW, MC, ME

A study about the situation of the Roma in the labor market published.




7 300




Additional budgetary funding required.

1.3.6.4.

Research (case study), ‘The Roma community and human rights in Latvia’ (access to education, housing, health care, different services, employment etc.)

2012

MC, MW

A study in Latvian and summary in English published; brochures on the results of the study in Latvian and English published and a presentation of the results of the study held.










2012: indicatively-

PROGRESS.



1.3.6.5.

Support measures for resolving housing issues for the Roma families based on the conclusions of the studies (see Measures 1.3.4.1., 1.3.4.2., 1.3.4.3., 1.3.6.4.).

Every year, starting with 2013

ME, MC, local governments

 Based on the results of the study referred to in the measure 1.3.6.4. further necessary action ensured: discussion of the responsible and involved persons on the further potential action for solution of the issue on the access of the Roma to a housing held; measures for information and education of the Roma community organized; training for the local government representatives of supporting professions for the work with the Roma community ensured; necessity to make amendments to the existing legal arrangements regarding the assistance for solution of the housing issue evaluated.










Within the existing budget allocation.

2012- 2014: indicatively-PROGRESS.

2012- 2016: indicatively-

EEA Financial Mechanisml.



1.3.6.6.

Roundtable discussion on the Roma education.

2012

MC, MW, MES

Four events in the regions and one in Riga held.










2012: indicatively-PROGRESS.

1.3.6.7.

National-level Advisory Board with the Roma inclusion and participation of representatives of their organizations.

Regularly, starting with 2012

MC, MI, MES, MW, MH, MFA , EM, MEPRD, local governments, SEA

An advisory board composed of ministry and local government representatives, the Roma NGOs and experts established.










Within the existing budget allocation.

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