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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2018, funding will be necessary for a wide range of integration measures, including support of national minorities, NGOs and social organization, as well as activities to involve youngsters in public processes, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

There are also plans to ensure sustainable development for Latvian language and integration of third country nationals and asylum seekers.

On Wednesday, 13 September, Citizenship, Migration and Social Cohesion Committee discussed funding for the realization of the main guidelines of the country’s integration policy in 2017-2018. Members of the committee also sketched the outlines of the funding in 2019-2020.

The committee was informed of the necessary and planned integration measures by Culture Ministry’s, Foreign Affairs Ministry’s, Education and Science Ministry’s, Finance Ministry’s and Social Integration Fund’s representatives.

The parliament reports that funding for the next three years is meant to finances summer camps for diaspora children. The goal of this project is to strengthen diaspora’s ties with Latvia and improve Latvian citizens’ national identity. Funding is also planned to be provided to assist with civil participation. Members of the Latvian diaspora and their organizations abroad are the target audience for this activity. Funding is also planned to be allocated for state language courses for non-citizens and national minority members in Latvia.

Members of the committee and representatives of different institutions discussed Culture Ministry’s proposals for integration policy and coordination measures.

«There is currently no single institution that received full information about different integration programmes financed from the state budget. Because of that, there is no unified view – each institution only supervises its own segment,» said the committee’s chairman Ritvars Jansons after the meeting. He emphasized that Culture Ministry should be the one to coordinate budget requests for integration programmes. The ministry should have access to information on the use of funding.

The model for the planning of integration policy discussed at the meeting provides for the creation of a council that would supervise the general policy. Coordination and realization should be entrusted to capable institutions with access to budget funding.

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