|Ms. Dace Akule has been working as a European policy researcher at the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS since June 2006. In the past she was working as a journalist for several media in Latvia (Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty Latvian Service, Politika.lv), Belgium (European Voice, EU Observer) and the Czech Republic (Transitions Online). In 2009 she published a country report within the framework of the Open Society’s Institute-Sofia research project “The EU new Member States as Agenda Setters in the Enlarged European Union” and co-wrote a handbook on selected aspects of the Lisbon Treaty published by the European Commission Representation in Latvia. She has given lectures on migration issues to various audiences and conducted field and desk research on legal-institutional and socio-economic aspects of employment of Belarusians, Moldovans and Ukrainians in Latvia for the International Organization for Migration. She is also a board member of the Policy Association for an Open Society, and board member of PROVIDUS. Ms. Akule graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Johns Hopkins University, Bologna centre (Master in Advanced International Studies) and the University of Latvia (BA in Communication Science).