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Pilot project 1 - Interregional Partnership Platform
IPP Pilotproject
EU-funded advisory service agencies
LATVIA
LOCATION & GEOGRAPHY
 North-eastern Europe on the east coast
of the Baltic Sea
 Central country of the Baltic States
(Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania)
 5 planning regions of Latvia: Kurzeme,
Zemgale, Vidzeme, Latgale, Riga region
 Borders: Estonia, Russia, Lithuania,
Belarus, Baltic Sea
Population : 2.23 million
Cities >200.000 inhab.
1 capital city Riga
Cities >20.000 inhab.
10 cities
Source: Survey “Development of regions in Latvia”
www.vraa.gov.lv
Higher and general education
Higher education
Study year
Students
Pedagogical staff
Educational
Institutions
Programmes
2009/2010
112 555 (-14 495)
5 360 (-594)
54 (-4)
920 (+31)
2008/2009
125 350 (-1 700)
5 804 (+350)
58 (+0)
919 (+30)
2007/2008
127 050
5 454
58
889
General education
Study year
Students
Teachers
Educational
institutions
2009/2010
226 034 (-10 189)
22 629 (-3122)
846 (-102)
2008/2009
236 223 (-14 718)
25 751 (+184)
948 (-10)
2007/2008
250 941
25 567
958
Source: Ministry of Education and Science
www.izm.gov.lv
Important and promising economical
branches
-Woodworking
-Transport and storage
-Metal working and
mechanical engineering
-Health care
-Information technology
-Life science (pharmacy)
-Environmental technology
Source: “Latvian Business Guide” , developed by
Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
www.liaa.gov.lv
Clusters
-Furniture manufacture
-Supply chain /logistics cluster
www.lscc.lv
-Metal working cluster
www.masoc.lv
-IT cluster www.itbaltic.com
-Electrical engineering and
electronics cluster
www.letera.lv
-Cosmic technologies cluster
www.vatp.lv
Source: Ministry of Economics, 9 clusters which received state cofinancing in 2010, total amount 270 000 EUR
-Life science cluster
(pharmacy) www.lifescience.lv
-Food business cluster
www.lpuf.lv
- Textile cluster
Support programs for enterprises
(partially funded by EU)
- technology transfer liaison offices
- business incubator network
- venture capital instruments
- high value added investments
- financial instruments (start-up credits and loans)
- R&D programme
Source: Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
www.liaa.gov.lv
State Regional
Development Agency
Target audience
• Municipalities
• Planning regions
• NGOs
Main Functions of SRDA
Regional development:
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Earmarked subsidies for local municipalities (infrastructure)
EU Structural funds support for the development of local municipalities (ERDF, ESF)
Research activities in the field of regional development
International cooperation
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Involvement in international cooperation, bilateral agreements
First level control function of European territorial cooperation programme projects
European territorial cooperation programmes office (host institution)
Vision and strategies around the Baltic Sea (VASAB) (host institution)
Functions of the Contact point of the ESPON programme
E-services
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Support function for local municipality e-governance
Maintenance and development of state e-governance (www.latvija.lv)
Maintenance and development of e-procurement IT system
In the 2007-2013 planning period
•administers 7 activities
•hosts EU Territorial Cooperation
Programmes Office which promotes
project implementation on the crossborder, cross-regional level )
• agency itself partecipated in
Upcoming: Single CBR Home
Market project
Interests in Pilot Project
• Strategic approach for participation in EU
programmes
• Cooperation mechanisms between EU service
agencies in Latvia
• Sustainable platform for cooperation between IPP
regions
• Website about available EU programmes – financing,
maintenance
• Partner search tools
• Financing of interregional cooperation from EU
structural funds
Riga Planning
Region, Latvia
Regional Specification – Riga Planning Region
Population: 1,1 million inhabitants, 48 % of Latvia’s overall
Number of Cities >200.000 Inhabitants:
1 Riga – 706 000
Number of Cities > 20.000 Inhabitants:
4 Jurmala – 56 000
Ogre – 30 000
Salaspils – 21 000
Tukums – 20 000
Number of Universities, High schools: 29 universities, 20 high schools
Important economical branches: Chemical, Metal Fabricating industries,
Pharmacy, Wood Processing, Food Products, IT, Logistics
Clusters in specific fields: IT, Forestry, Biopharmacy, Dairy-farming,
Logistics clusters
Regional support programs for enterprises: business incubators, start-up
and enterprise support programmes
Regional EU Funds Information Centres
in 5 Latvia’s regions
2006 - 2011
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Mission
Regional EU Structural Funds Information
Centres were established in order to provide the
project applicants with the up-to-date information
on EU Structural Funds and to provide free initial
consultations on project preparation.
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Help in being competent!
and others… 17
Target groups
• Local municipalities
• Municipal authorities
• Educational (general, vocational, higher, further education) institutions
• Societies and foundations
• Entrepreneurs in urban and rural areas
• State institutions
• Libraries
• NGO
• Individuals
• Other interested parties
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Activities of Regional EU Structural Funds
Information Centres (1)
• Information
– General information on access to finance from EU funds
– Information on issues of EU funds administration
– Open calls
– Seminars
• Consultations
General consultations for the
project applicants on EU funding,
state investment programmes:
- application procedures,
- documentation required for the
preparation and submission of
project application,
- project’s compliance with the
regional development programme,
- etc.
RSIC does not provide project preparation services
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Activities of Regional EU Structural Funds
Information Centres (2)
• To suggest the most appropriate programme for the implementation of
the client’s idea;
• To provide consultations in preparation of project application;
• To provide answers on EU funds related issues;
• To organize seminars, informative days, regional conferences and
meetings with the specialists on EU funds related issues;
• To publish up-to-date information on EU funds in web site, provide
publicity on the approved and introduced projects in the region;
• To inform on the open project calls;
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Search for financial resources www.rpr.gov.lv/esfondi
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Financing and Specific Factors
Partly financed by Technical Assistance of the EU funds
Specific factors of success:
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information based on the needs of each target group in the region
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expanded information dissemination network
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close cooperation with institutions involved in the implementation of different EU
funds and programs
Specific obstacles:
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increasing target groups needs requiring additional services (partner search
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best practice examples
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good cooperation with information providers of different EU funds or programs, but it
is based on personal contacts and own initiative
Zemgale Planning
Region, Latvia
Regional specification (1)
Missions of planning regions:
– To act in accordance with interests of local
municipalities.
– To promote sustainable development of own territory!
– To elaborate strategies and development plans and
also to coordinate their implementation!
– To support local municipalities in every possible way!
Regional Specification (2)
Population: 280 494 inhabitants (approx. 12,5%
from all inhabitants)
Territory: 10 733 km2 (16,6% from LV territory)
Two national meaning cities – Jelgava and
Jēkabpils
Three regional meaning cities – Bauska, Dobele,
Aizkraukle
One state university - Latvia University of
Agriculture (approx. 8 000 students)
 12 branches of different universities
 121 schools
Regional specification (3)
Biggest agriculture lands in Latvia.
Zemgale PR projects:
– Entrepreneurship
– Regional palnning and develoment
– Environment protection
– Tourism
– Culture
– Transport
– Education etc.
Regional specification (4)
 Regional work groups of:
– Entrepreneurship specialists and entrepreneurs
– Tourism specialists and TICs
– Social services
– Culture specialists
– Educational institutions
– Spatial and regional planners
Regional specification (5)
Involvement in the projects:
– Latvia – Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation
Programme 2007-2013 (6)
– Central Baltic INTERREG IVA Programme 2007-2013
(2)
– European Social Fund (2)
– INTERREG IV C (1)
– European Commission initiative e-Content + (1)
– Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 (1)
– EEZ and Norway grants projects
Regional specification (7)
Main obsticles:
– No information about tools where to find info about
EU programmes
– Weak english knowledges
– Lack of financing
– Lack of good specialists in project writing
– Many programmes do not support investments
– Too complicated application
– Project evaluation is too long
Regional specification (6)
How ZPR is supporting municipalities?
– Consultation on project implementation
– Consultation in project writing and planning phase
– Helping to find appropriate programme for each idea
– Helping with partner search
– Taking LP responsibilities
– Representing all municipalities in “soft” projects
– Organizing seminars about EU programmes
– Writing projects etc.
State Education
Development Agency
State Education Development Agency
-One–stop-agency: for initial and further education,
science;
- EU Structural funds, Lifelong Learning programmes,
Erasmus Mundus, Swiss Contribution, Norway
Financial Mechanism;
-State Agency - supported by state and EU budget
Specification of EU Service Agencies
- Implementation and managment of EU programmes
- Partner search: contact seminars on EU level
- Advantage: long term experience
- Regional seminars
Latvian
Technological Centre
Latvian Technological Center
• Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
• FP7 SME & NMP NCP
Service target groups – SMEs and R&D organisations
Main services – transnational technology transfer, partner
search for R&D projects, innovation promotion
EEN - supported by the Ministry of Economics
FP7 SME & NMP NCP concentrated on EC FP7
EEN in Latvia – 2 partners: LTC & LIAA
FP7 SME & NMP NCP - co-operation with SZA
Latvian Technological Center
Cooperation
• EEN – Enterprise Europe Network
• FP7 SME NCP: TransCoSME - networking between
SME NCP’s
• FP7 NMP NCP: NMP TeAm - networking between
NMP NCP’s
Latvian Technological Center
Activities
• Technology offers
• Technology requests
• Partner search
• Company missions
• Monthly Newsletter
• e-mail dissemination
• Seminars
• Exhibitions
Latvian Technological Center
Projects
• CIP: EEN, InnoLaSME
• FP7: TransCoSME, Proceed, Fit for Health, ERAPRISM
• Leonardo da Vinci: E-IM
• Interreg IV A: SMEDGE
• Interreg IV C: EVITA
In the past – more than 30 projects
Latvian Technological Center
Factors of success
• Experienced team
• Well established international contacts
• Successful collaboration in the past
Obstacles
• Limited human resources
• Local bureaucracy
Latvian Technological Center
Regional Cooperation
• Cooperation contracts with University technology transfer
offices and regional business incubators
• Collaboration with Patent Office, banks, regional
governments and other innovation support structures
• Joint events
• Seminars
University of Latvia
UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA (LU)
Statistics
UNIVERSITY
ENTERPRISES
UL Foundation
UL Real Estate
Agency
Companies with
the UL
participation
„CORE UNIVERSITY”
13 Faculties
9 Research Institutes
2 Libraries
Research and study
Centres
Botanical Garden
Administration
UNIVERSITY
AGENCIES
9 Research
Institutes
2 medical
colleges
Total amount of LU staff (2011) – 2727
Academic and pedagogic staff – 892
Administrative staff – 169
Academic staff in LU Faculties and Institutes – Agencies
LU Faculties
Biology
Chemistry
Computrer science
Physics and Mathematics
Geology and Earth Science
Medicine
Humanities
History and Phylosophy
Teology
Law
Busuness and Management
Social Sciences
Pedagogy and Psychology
Year 2010
Doctoral Academic
Students students
Staff
330
52
52
332
21
31
839
41
40
715
50
80
746
43
38
835
43
49
1927
69
82
638
31
28
119
14
13
2407
80
55
4988
127
110
1629
65
41
2598
108
99
LU Institutes - Agencies
Biology
Mathematics and Computer Science
Solid State Physics
Polimer Mechanics
Physics
Latvian Language
Latvian History
Literature, Folclore and Art
Phylosophy and Sociology
69
101
96
30
44
30
36
38
26
Current project types at LU
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Grants of Latvian Academy of Sciences for Fundamental and applied research
projects
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Researches financed by Latvian government
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Outsourced research projects
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Market-oriented research projects
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European Social Fund projects
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European Regional Development Fund projects
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Projects financed by European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial
Mechanisms
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European territorial cooperation, INTERREG projects
Service agencies
• Target group – researchers, administrative staff
• Service agencies in LU – administrative units (mostly Development and
Planning Dept., Finance and Accounting Dept., Academic Dept., Personnel
Dept.)
• Main services of LU administrative units – local supervising, administration,
coordination, consulting, communication with governmental service agencies
• Governmental service agencies – State Education Development Agency,
Ministry of Education and Science, Latvian Academy of Sciences, State
Regional Development Agency, Central Finance and Contracting Agency,
Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
• Main services of governmental service agencies – supervising,
administration, coordination, consulting
• Connection / co-operation between service agencies – regular thematic
meatings/seminars, joint projects, daily consultations, discussions
LU support function in project implementation
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Training courses for project adminstrators and researchers
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Informative seminars and discussions about urgent topics
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LUIS (interactive project data base, linked to accountacy programme, available
for LU personel, etc.)
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LU regulation about implementation of EU and other foundation projects
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Web page www.lu.lv (project section, project annnotations, news)
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Regular consultations and informative meetings with project personel
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LU Project unit
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LU Innovation center
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LU Technology Transfer Contact Point
Specification of EU Service Agencies
• governmental service agencies – State Education Development Agency, Ministry
of Education and Science, Latvian Academy of Sciences, State Regional
Development Agency, Central Finance and Contracting Agency, Investment and
Development Agency of Latvia
• role of involvement of EU Service Agencies in EU cooperation projects mainly
depends on project type and state regulatory documents, but in typical case
Agencies are coordinating project implementation
• agencies organize conferences and meetings involving potential project partners
• Agencies rarely participate in EU projects that mostly cover education and
research, not administrative topics ( only few projects oriented on supporting
administrative personel)
• specific factors of success - sufficiently large amount of finances
• specific obstacles – projects friendly legislation
Cross-boarder and regional cooperation examples
European territorial cooperation
• “Qualification, Innovation, Cooperation and Keybusiness for SME’s in the
Baltic Sea Region” (BSR – QUICK) - 44 partners in 29 regions of all 11 BSR
countries
• “Boosting Cross-border Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences & Medicine
related to Biotechnology and Medical ICT between Estonia and Latvia” - 6
partners from Latvia and Estonia
• “Developing new branches and mechanisms of technology transfer on the
basis of expert modules development, social networking tools along with the
resources of Belarusian-Latvian Centre on Technology Transfer” - LatviaBelarussia
Cross-boarder and regional cooperation examples
Norway grants
“Promoting the involvement of the research potential of local universities for
regional development in Latvia”
- 21 regional seminars and practical workshops, 2 conferences, 7 publications, 14
case analyses, 1 book, home page – www.petnieciba.lv
- Cooperation between universities ( LU and 4 regional universities) ,local
governments, enterpreneurs, regional development stakeholders, non-academic
entities, NGO’s ( more than 350 participants)
Recommendations for support agencies
• Regular seminars about changes in EU and Latvian legislation
• Initiating improvements in Latvian legislation (procurement procedure, etc.)
• Analysing feedback from project implementing institutions
• Preventive steps to avoid mistakes in project implementation
• Cooperation with responsible ministries in Latvia, EU institutions
• Clear guidlines for project implementation process
• Joint seminars for universities in Latvia
• Joint e-mail lists (project leaders, adminstrative personel)
State Regional Development Agency www.vraa.gov.lv
Karolīna Kļaviņa [email protected]
Riga Planning Region www.rpr.gov.lv
Dace Grīnberga [email protected]
Zemgale Planning Region www.zemgale.lv
Linda Šarķe-Fedjajeva [email protected]
State Education Development Agency www.viaa.gov.lv
Dagnija Dilāne [email protected]
Latvian Technological Centre www.innovation.lv
Juris Balodis [email protected]
University of Latvia www.lu.lv
Sandra Strole [email protected]
Jūlija Stare [email protected]
Thank you!

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