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The Launch of the Programme "Capacity-building and Institutional Cooperation between Beneficiary State and Norwegian Public Institutions, Local and Regional Authorities"

13.05.2013

The opening conference of the Norway Grants programme "Capacity-building and Institutional Cooperation between Beneficiary State and Norwegian Public Institutions, Local and Regional Authorities" was held on April 25, 2013.

The conference was opened by Ms Dace Gruberte, Deputy State Secretary in the Matters of Development Instruments of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MoEPRD) and Ms Turid Kristin Lilleng, the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway.

The participants of the event had a possibility to find out more about the stated objectives of the programme, results to be achieved and the possibilities of cooperation between Latvia and Norway.

Ms Ilona Raugze, Deputy State Secretary in Regional Development Matters of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, presented the stated challenges and their solutions within the programme, however Mr Bjoern Rongevaer, the Senior Advisor to the International Projects Department of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, provided insight into the territorial development planning accomplished by Norwegian local governments.

In the second half of the conference the participants had a possibility to take part in two panel discussions – "Good Management. How to Increase the Efficiency of Local Government Services?" and "The Promotion of Business Activity for the Development of Local Economy. Instruments and Methods", as well as to get answers to the questions of interest. However, at the end of the event the participants were introduced with the third topic of the panel discussion "Integrated Planning for Spatial Development. Mutual Interaction and Uniform Decisions".

In the panel discussions the experts of both Latvia and Norway took part, thus, providing insight into the planned activities on experience exchange.

The objective of the programme is to strengthen institutional and human resources capacity in the institutions of public, regional or local level, which are responsible for regional development, by cooperating and sharing experience with similar institutions in Norway.

The programme is managed by the MoEPRD and the partner of the Donor Programme is the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. The implementation of the programme will facilitate the strengthening of bilateral relations between Latvia and Norway and will promote the use of good practice regarding the development of public services and human resources. The programme will be implemented until the year 2017.

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