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Government Supports amendments to Social Integration Fund Law

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTo ensure compliance of the Social Integration Fund’s activities with goals detailed in policy planning documents and optimal monitoring, as well as provide budget funding transparency, the NGO and Cabinet of Ministers cooperation memorandum council supported further progression of Culture Ministry’s developed amendments to the law, as confirmed by the ministry’s public relations department head Lita Kokale.

The legislative draft details the need for immediate technical changes to ensure improved monitoring of the Social Integration Fund’s activities, as well as strengthening of the legislative framework in the Cabinet of Ministers, says Kokale.

Changes also include activities for the Social Integration Fund has to perform and activities the fund is not allowed to perform without permission from the Cabinet of Ministers. Another change includes developing a strategy that would fit objectives of the development plans approved by the fund’s council; changes to the procedure for replacement of ministers represented in the Social Integration Fund; changes to the council’s composition; the duties of the council’s chairman, and other details, says Culture Ministry’s representatives.

She says that «the need for changes was prompted by the dissatisfaction of NGOs with activities performed by the Social Integration Fund».

Kokale adds that after its discussion in the Memorandum Council, the legislative draft will be submitted to the State Secretaries Council. Once the legislative draft is approved in the Saeima, Culture Ministry will have to submit for review in the government new Cabinet of Ministers requirements for Social Integration Fund’s regulations and Cabinet of Ministers requirements Nr.727 on the order in which NGOs are selected for work in the council of the Social Integration Fund.

Changes to the law are planned to come into force 1 January 2019.


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