in2008, the network of the National Contact Points on Integration set up by the EC Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security, National Points of Contact on Combating Hate Crime set up in 2005 by the OSCE Institute for Democracy and the Human Rights Office.
180 The operation of non-governmental organizations in Latvia is governed by the Law on Associations and Foundations, which came into force on 1 May 2004, and two legal forms of NGOs are distinguished - associations and foundations. Until 30 April 2004 the operation of non-governmental organizations in Latvia was regulated by the Law ‘On Public Organizations and Associations.’ According to the Law from 2 January 2006 public organizations were re-registered in the Latvian Enterprise Register as associations or foundations. Organizations that have not been re-registered were winded up as provided by law. Organizations that have received public benefit status, should observe in addition the Law on Public Benefit Organizations.
181 The direct operating results described are attributed only to operational policy for two subsequent years (2012-2013). After the environmental and impact assessment of the first stage of the programming document the implementation plan of the guidelines for the next period of 2014 – 2015 will be developed.
184 Latvia had successfully implemented projects LED III (2007/2008) and LED IV (2008/2009) within the scope of the PROGRESS programme.
185 In the previous years, within the scope of the European Community programme “Culture” (2007-2013) the following projects were implemented with the participation of organisations and institutions of Latvia: in 2009 – 8 projects (total financing was EUR 2,854,308), in 2010 – 15 projects (total financing was EUR 8,134,355), in 2011 13 projects have been supported (total financing – EUR 4,680,257). In the previous years, within the scope of the European Community programme “Europe for Citizens” (2007-2013) the following projects were implemented with the participation of organisations and institutions of Latvia: in 2009 – 17 projects (total financing was EUR 263,005), in 2010 – 60 projects (total financing was EUR 2,807,070), in 2011 34 projects have been supported (total financing – EUR 1,864,310).
186 Specialists of the aiding professions - employees who perform professional activities in social, education and health area, such as social workers, education staff (psychologists, educators), medical personnel and other public administration representatives.