Government okays 180,000 euros for international organizations

On 16 October 2018, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft resolution prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will give additional money to a range of interntional organizations of which Latvia is a member.

The contributions will be drawn from the Foreign Ministry’s current budget.

"The funding already earmarked for contributions to international organisations has become available in view of updated information on the amounts to be contributed to certain organisations," a news release said.

The total spending comes to 180,000 euros.

The specific amounts contributed to the budgets of the international organisations are as follows: the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine – EUR 30,000; the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) – EUR 20,000 each; UNESCO International Program for the Development of Communications, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – EUR 15,000 each; the United Nations Humanitarian Agency – EUR 20,000; the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees – EUR 10,000; the OECD Action Plan for Ukraine – EUR 40,000; and the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) – EUR 10,000.

Approval of the use of funds comes after a busy couple of days for Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in Luxembourg where he called on the EU to keep its Eastern Partnership initiative as a priority and described current EU proposals on future cohesion policy as "unacceptable".

"A due focus on convergence is one of the conditions for achieving agreement on the multiannual budget for the next period. Latvia finds unacceptable the current proposal of the European Commission on the cohesion policy, since it does not sufficiently reflect the need for reducing regional disparities across the European Union," a Foreign Ministry statement said.  

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