Knowledge exchange in Latvian public sector
Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway support public sector projects in Latvia to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of regions and local authorities.
30 projects aimed at strengthening the administrative capacity of public authorities in Latvia are being carried out under the Latvian Short Term Expert Fund. The €1.1 million fund supports projects transferring know-how and best practices between Latvian public institutions and counterparts in the European Economic Area.
The supported projects span from a joint effort by Latvian and Norwegian prison authorities on a new re-socialisation program for Latvian inmates to a research project by the Latvian Association of the Deaf aimed at facilitating the participation of the deaf in Latvian society. A large number of projects are also targeting environmental improvements in Latvia and regional development.
More than 30 partners from abroad are involved in the supported projects, through study visits and workshops, joint development of feasibility studies, and research cooperation. Several Norwegian hospitals and research institutions participate in the projects.
Līga Baltiņa at the Latvian State Regional Development Agency said public spending in Latvia has been cut back as a result of the financial crisis. Many municipalities and agencies have turned to the Short Term Expert Fund for support for their projects, and the interest for the fund has been significant.
SEE ALSO: Regional and expert funds
Block grant "Short Term Expert Fund"
Human resource development
Type & project assistance:
State Regional Development Agency
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
21 November 2007
The purpose of the Fund is to raise the level of knowledge and develop professional skills in the public sector, with the overall objective to increase efficiency, capacity and performance of services within public sector institutions and organisations and strengthen good governance principles within all priorities of the MoU. Reference is made to the application, dated 15 December 2006 and additional information from the Focal Point on 8 February 2007.
The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:
- Re-granting towards selected sub-projects concerning training, research, working visits, seminars and workshop, and transfer and exchange of good practices that promote relations between Latvia, Norway and the EEA states.
- Fund management.
The Intermediary is the State Regional Development Agency (SRDA).
The Focal Point shall ensure that the Latvian Government provides at least 15 percent of the total estimated eligible costs of the Fund.