On August 29, the Cabinet of Ministers approved Martins Paparinskis and Dace Mita as Latvian experts in the Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Martins Paparinskis, an expert in international law and sworn advocate, has been confirmed as a member of the Board, and Dace Mita, a judge of the Supreme Court, has been appointed as an alternate member of the Board.

Board members are appointed for five years. Martins Paparinskis will replace Anete Erdmane, and Dace Mita will replace Solvita Olsena.

There were nine candidates for the opportunity to represent Latvia in the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. When assessing the candidates, the expertise of the applicants in the field of fundamental rights and especially human rights was taken into account, as well as their professional experience in the areas where the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights operates, their understanding of the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the situation in Latvia in the field of fundamental rights, as well as the ability to formulate and defend their views and knowledge of English and French.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) advises and supports the EU institutions and Member States' governments and institutions on issues of fundamental rights regarding discrimination, access to justice, racism and xenophobia, data protection, victims' rights and children's rights, and other issues.

Upon approval of the government order, the Minister for Justice must inform the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers on the appointment of experts from Latvia to the Board of the Agency for Fundamental Rights.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 28652211