JPI HDHL is delighted to welcome a new full member country in the JPI HDHL community: Latvia. JPI HDHL now has 23 full member countries and 3 countries that are connected with JPI HDHL with an observer status. JPI HDHL is a country driven initiative and participation in JPI HDHL takes place at a country level. An active contribution to the activities of JPI HDHL is expected from its member countries, including preparation and participation in the meetings of the Management Board. In the Management Board all decisions relevant to the JPI are planned, taken and implemented. Latvia is represented in the Management Board by the ministry of Education and Science and the Centre of Disease Prevention and Control. The participation of Latvia in JPI HDHL is part of the new established programme to support the Latvian integration into the European Research Area Among the top action priorities of the programme that on “Improving alignment within and across the Joint Programming Process and the resulting Initiatives and speeding up their implementation” is considered critical to improve the performance of Latvia in terms of the proportion of Latvian science budget allocated to the European level, bilateral or multilateral R&D programmes. For more information see also the overview of JPI HDHL countries and contact persons.