The Schengen Facility was created in accordance with Article 35 of the Schengen Agreement in an effort to financially assist new EU Member States with actions needed to secure and effectively control the external borders of an enlarged European Union as well as to ensure that Schengen legislative acts are being applied to all border crossing issues.
To ensure implementation of the Schengen Facility a three-way agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Interior, the leading institution of the Schengen Facility program, the Central Finance and Agreements Agency, the implementing institution, and the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the recipient of funding. The signed agreement details the rights and responsibilities of each of the above institutions for the course of the implementation of the Schengen Facility.
The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs is responsible for incorporating priorities set out by the Indicative Implementation Plan, in accordance with the project description as approved by the leading institution, with the signed agreement and with legislation of the Republic of Latvia and the European Union.
The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs has singled out 3 priorities, namely, raise the level of foreign language proficiency of its personnel, establish and maintain a visa information system, and renovate and equip the server room for the OCMA.
The project evaluation work group of the leading institution has approved all three project proposals submitted by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs: