Increasing territorial development planning capacities of planning regions and local governments of Latvia and elaboration of development planning documents











On 18 December 2009 the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) reached the agreement with the European Commission (EC) about allocation of the financial assistance for the implementation of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA FM) and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (NFM) in the new planning period 2009-2014. On 28 July 2010 the agreements were signed between the EC and the Donor States for provision of the financial assistance.

The overall objectives of the Financial Mechanisms 2009-2014 are to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities within the EEA and to the strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the Beneficiary State.

The objective of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Programme ”Capacity-building and Institutional Cooperation between Beneficiary State and Norwegian Public Institutions, Local and Regional Authorities” is to enhance capacity and quality of the services provided by public institutions, local and regional authorities through enhanced institutional capacity and human resources development and to establish networks for cooperation between state, regional and local authorities n Norway and Latvia.

Detailed information on the Norwegian Financial Mechanism is available here: www.norwaygrants.lv.

Additional information on project and its activities available here.

Project description

Project title: “Increasing territorial development planning capacities of planning regions and local governments of Latvia and elaboration of development planning documents”

Project objective is to increase territorial development planning capacities of planning regions and local governments of Latvia and to elaborate development planning documents.

Total Project costs: EUR 1,195,972.

Project partners in Latvia: Kurzeme planning region, Vidzeme planning region, Riga planning region, Zemgale planning region and Latgale planning region, society „Urban Institute”.

Project partners in Norway: Ministry of Local Governments and Regional Development of Norway, Oppland Regional County, Østfold Regional County and Aust-Agder Regional County.

Target groups
Primary target groups are the planning regions of Latvia, local governments of Latvia, non-governmental organizations of Latvia. The measures that are directly targeted at the capacity-building of the planning regions of Latvia have been planned for project activities 1 (all planning regions) and 4 (Kurzeme and Riga planning regions). The measures that are directly targeted at the capacity-building of the local governments of Latvia have been planned for project activities 2 and 3 and the measures directly targeted at the capacity-building of local communities have been planned for project activity 2.
Secondary target groups are state institutions of Latvia, other legal entities and individuals.