On 4 April 2014 the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms Ingvild Næss Stub will be on a visit to Latvia during which she will visit also Olaine Prison.
During the visit it is planned to guide the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the territory of the prison and discuss news regarding the project LV08/2 “Establishment of a new prison block in Olaine prison, including construction and training of staff” (hereinafter – the Project).
Ms Ingvild Næss Stub during the visit will meet also several officials of the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Deputy Head of the EEA/Norwegian Grants Managing Authority of the Ministry of Finance, the management of the Prison Administration and Olaine Prison.
The Project is being implemented within the framework of the Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2009-2014 programme LV 08 “Reform of the Latvian Correctional Services and Police Detention Centres”. The financing is EUR 8 277 294, of which EUR 7 035 700 being co-financing of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and EUR 1 241 594 co-financing of the Latvian state.
The Project aims to develop a system for working with convicts who have addiction problems. Within the framework of the project it is foreseen to establish a new prison block to work with drug addicts, implement resocialization programmes and train prison staff.