On 21 August 2019, the Sanctions Coordination Council convened for its first meeting. In his opening address for the event, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, underlined that sanctions as a foreign policy instrument were a middle course between diplomatic talks and serious coercive measures and that their momentum in international relations was rising. The State Secretary named sanctions imposed against ISIL/Daesh and Russia as successful examples of the functioning of sanctions. Andris Pelšs noted that sanctions as a foreign policy instrument lay in Latvia’s interests, too, with a view to promoting security worldwide.
The meeting brought together representatives both from public authorities and from the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Finance Latvia Association, and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments to jointly find the most suitable solutions for compliance with sanctions in Latvia.
The meeting also saw the establishment of the Sanction Coordination Council’s working group for the promotion of cooperation between the competent institutions and coordination of measures in the cases of specific violations of sanctions, especially in the field of prevention of proliferation financing and terrorist financing in view of Moneyval recommendations.
The Representative of Latvia before International Human Rights Organisations and Acting Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kristīne Līce, has been approved Chair of the Sanctions Coordination Council. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in its capacity of Secretariat for the Sanctions Coordination Council, will continue to inform the public about the Council’s work, and a special section will be designed for that purpose on the Ministry’s website.
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