The SDC and SECO provide regular news and highlights from their projects in Latvia. Besides the latest results and findings you can also find information on important events and short films.
Modernisation of courts in Latvia gains international recognition
Latvia, Riga, 16/02/2016 - The Court Administration of Latvia held a video conference with the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) to discuss opportunities for the future development of the Latvian judicial system. The equipment used in this video conference was procured under the Swiss-Latvian ‘Modernisation of Courts’ project through which 308 court rooms were fitted out with sound recording devices and 94 video installations were set up in courts and prisons throughout Latvia. For the results of this project, the Court Administration has been nominated for the ‘2015 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize’, which promotes innovative and efficient practices for court organisation and the conduct of judicial proceedings.
Other news about the projects
Latvia, Jaunjelgava, 26.8.2015 – Swiss Ambassador Markus N. P. Dutly was one of the guests at the ceremony to open the new youth centre in Jaunjelgava, Latvia. The centre has been set up as part of a Swiss project to offer young people in peripheral and disadvantaged regions in Latvia a range of leisure activities. Jaunjelgava is the 21st such youth centre in Latvia to be supported by Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU.
Latvia, Riga, 25.08.2015 – At a media event, Latvian journalists and a Swiss delegation were able to see for themselves the good progress that is being made on work to remediate the industrial port at Sarkandaugava. The Soviet Army used the Sarkandaugava district in the 20th century to transport and store petroleum products, which continue to have a major impact on the environment and the health of local residents. Thanks to the Swiss contribution, Latvia can now remediate this brownfield site. Latvia's and Switzerland's objective in remediating the area is to improve its water and soil quality and to prevent petroleum products from entering the Daugava River and ultimately the Baltic Sea.