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Demonstrating the Voluntary Sector’s Impact in the UK 

Author:Providus

Unlike the private and public sectors, the voluntary sector lacks any other means of measuring its performance, like share prices, profits and election results, hence the need for some kind of performance measurement system tailored to the sector. Read

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Poland’s Referendum – choosing between a sin and a miracle? 1

Author:Dace Akule

A leading EU-sceptical movement sent a letter allegedly written to a Byelorussian mother by her son living in the EU. In the letter posted at the end of 2005, the son complains about the high prices and asks for one kilo of real, natural ham. Read

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Transatlantic Relations: A crisis, but not a rift 

Author:Providus

I was very critical of Germany when it announced that it would not send its forces to Iraq under any circumstances. In diplomacy and politics it is very important to keep one’s options open. On the other hand, I did understand the Latvian reaction. I can understand some of the leading politicians, who – based on their personal biographies – felt that an autocratic leader should be disciplined. Read

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Benchmarks, anyone? 

Author:Valts Kalniņš

Politicians’ rhetoric on the reportedly slow or inefficient work of the Bureau for Preventing and Combating Corruption (BPCC) is arbitrary and subjects the bureau to political pressure. Instead, transparent criteria to evaluate the BPCC need to be developed. Alas, the government does not have an approved strategy or programme on combating corruption yet. Read

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Let's go Slovakia, let's go, everyone! 

Author:Dace Akule

The official Yes campaign started only 2 weeks before the referendum and it cost almost one million Euro. Several NGOs have announced their plans to file a complaint with the Constitutional court - they claim the referendum was undemocratic, as the few public discussions on the EU excluded EU-sceptics. Read

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On Potemkin Villages and Campaign Finance Reform 

Author:Providus

Many political parties in Latvia are little more than Potemkin villages, presenting the façade of a party, but lacking the appropriate organizational and sociological features. Some are little more than fronts for particular corporate interests. This institutional weakness, in turn, leads to voter alienation, apathy and, ultimately, disillusionment with the democratic system. Read

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The Minority Convention: ratification after thorough consideration 

Author:Providus

Apparently, the traditional saying, “minorities hope for too much, but Latvians fear too much,” rings true as far as the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is concerned. The optimal solution would be to create a working group in the Saeima (Parliament) to thoroughly prepare for ratification, the precise date of which has yet to be determined. Read

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Zviedrijas Preses ombuda biroja noteikumi 

Author:Providus

Instruction for the Office of the Press Ombudsman

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The Press Ombudsman (PO) shall provide advice and assistance to individuals who feel offended by something that has been published in a newspaper, other periodical or Internet publication, investigate deviations from good journalistic practice, either on his own initiative or following an application, whenever appropriate refer such cases for decision by the Press Council and, by participating in public debate further the cause good journalistic practice.
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Zviedrijas Preses Padomes harta 

Author:Providus

Charter of the Press Council

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The Press Council shall review cases concerning good journalistic practice. The Council shall be entitled to interpret the meaning of this concept as it sees fit.
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Zviedrijas preses, radio un televīzijas ētikas kods 

Author:Providus

Code of Ethics for Press, Radio and Television in Sweden Read