The Third Dialogue Forum within the Strenghtening Integration Dialogue Project

 The Third Dialogue Forum - Participation of Minority Consultative Mechanisms in Decision Making - within the Strenghtening Integration Dialogue Project is to be held between the 26th – 27th of September 2013 in Riga, Latvia.

The aim of the event is to analyse the successes, problems and challenges of society integration and minority consultative mechanisms (councils, commissions) established at the state and municipal level in Latvia. Representatives from Estonia and Sweden (Municipality of Sodertalje) will also share their respective experiences.

AGENDA OF THE DIALOGUE EVENT

3rd Dialogue Platform

Achievements, Problems and Challenges of Minority Consultative Bodies

26-27 September 2013, Riga, Latvia

World Trade Centre, Elizabetes street 2, Seminar room

September 26, 2013

Conference: Participation of Minority Consultative Bodies in Decision Making

9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00-10.10 Opening of the event - Anhelita Kamenska, director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Solvita Vēvere, director of the Society Integration Department of the Ministry of Culture

10.10-10.30 Introduction to the project „Strengthening Integration Dialogue Platforms” -Tanel Mätlik, project coordinator, Estonian Advice Centre, Estonia

10.30-11.00 Consultative bodies and other dialogue mechanisms – examples of effective participation of ethnic minorities (implementing Article 15 of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities) – Anhelita Kamenska, director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Latvia

11.00-11.20 Consultative bodies for the promotion of minority participation in Latvia (analysis of interviews) – Sigita Zankovska-Odiņa, researcher, Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Latvia

11.20.-11.40 Facilitating Minority Participation at Local Level: the Case of Södertälje, Södertälje municipality representative, Sweden

11.40-12.00 Securing Minority Participation in the drafting of the new Estonian Society integration guidelines, Eva-Maria Asari, Estonian Advice Centre, Estonia

12.00-12.30 Discussion

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Panel Discussion: Achievements, Problems and Prospects of Municipal Society Integration Bodies Ilona Stalidzāne, Inta Šimanska, the Riga City Advisory Board on Society Integration Issues; Rita Vectirane, Jeļena Grīsle - Jelgava City Council; Aleksandrs Mirvis – Society Integration Committee and Advisory Council on Non-citizens of the Ventspils City Council; Brigita Dreidže, Rita Rozentāle – Society Concord Committee and NGO Advisory Council of the Liepaja City Council.

15.00-15.20 Coffee break

15.20-16.50 Panel Discussion: Achievements, Problems and Prospects of National Consultative Bodies on Ethnic Minorities - representatives of the State Presidents’ Advisory Council on Ethnic Minorities (Deniss Hanovs, Romāns Alijevs); National Minorities NGO Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on the Ministry of Culture (Solvita Vēvere, Jeļena Matjakubova); representative Advisory Council on ethnic minority education issues of the Ministry of Education and Science

16.50-17.00 Closing of the Day One

September 27, 2013

Presentation of LCHR Alternative Report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Latvia

9.45-10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00-10.10 Opening speech, Deniss Hanovs, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

10.10-11.10 Presentation of the Alternative Report on the Implementation of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Latvia, Latvian Centre for Human Rights

11.10 – 11.30 Comment by: Professor Juris Rozenvalds, Political Science Department of the Social Sciences Faculty of Latvia University

11.30 -12.00 Discussion