The European values ​​instrument in Latvia will allow to sustain democracy and the rule of law

On 10 November, the European Parliament decided to provide € 1.6 billion in funding (initial proposal: € 643 million) for the Rights and Values ​​program, which will support civil society organizations promoting democracy and the rule of law at local and national level (read more here). This is a significant achievement within the whole of Europe, as the allocation of funding for this purpose was accepted by many European countries, including Latvian civil society organizations.

We have already mentioned that at the invitation of Latvian CSOs, in February this year the members of the Saeima European Affairs Committee called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen support for the establishment of an instrument to support organizations operating in the above areas at local and national level which are organizations that are largely unfunded in EU Member States.

Kristīne Zonberga- Director of the Civil Alliance-Latvia, Iveta Kažoka- Director of Providus, and Andris Gobiņš- President of the European Movement - Latvia, also met with the Ministry of Justice to discuss the need for the creation of an instrument of European values (the program “Rights and Values”) and Latvia's national position in the negotiations on this program, which brought results (see here).

We are pleased that joint efforts, in cooperation with non-governmental organizations from various EU countries, have succeeded in gaining support for strengthening democracy and the rule of law.