On Tuesday, February 12, Janis Bordans the Minister of Justice, and Juris Jurass, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, met with Monika Michaliszyn, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Latvia, to come to an agreement in closer cooperation in the field of justice.
During the meeting Jānis Bordāns, the Minister of Justice, noted: “Poland is a country of the basin of Baltic Sea; therefore, cooperation between Latvia and Poland is mutually strategically beneficial with ancient traditions. It must be noted that mutual relationships between Latvia and Poland are excellent and there is a dialogue between the officials of the highest level. Similar challenges in making work in the field of justice more efficient create good conditions for further successful cooperation. Furthermore, we have a joint position pertaining to the need to fight the consequences of occupation and restore justice.”
Both parties praised the shared work up until now within the justice collaboration and Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The parties also addressed matters pertaining to the Polish legislative power, admitting that a dialogue and cooperation is a great strategy how to deal with the challenges of the legislative power.
The Minister of Justice noted the positive Polish example in funding political parties, stressing that Latvia bears in mind the good practice example of Poland in assessing the funding model of political parties.
During the meeting the Minister of Justice thanked for the invitation to participate in the events of the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism which will take place on August 23 and 24 in Poland. The Minister also argued that the topic must be more addressed among other European countries too.
Since the European Parliament declared in 2008 that August 23rd shall be the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, every year in different EU Member States there have been international events to commemorate victims of totalitarian regimes. This year such events are to be organized by the Estonian Ministry of Justice and the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory within the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.