Our partners

Riga Planning Region

Riga Planning Region's mission is the planning and coordination of regional development, and the cooperation between local government and other State administrative institutions.

RPR functions include the facilitation and support of entrepreneurial activity, especially facilitating the development of SMEs in the region, promoting cooperation between the public, business, and academic/research institutions, as well as providing information and advisory support to enable access to EU funds and implementation of RIS3 in the region. This function is carried out by RPR’s Entrepreneurship Support Centre which serves the region’s businesses by providing relevant information, capacity-building and development of cooperation with other stakeholders.


Riga Planning Region
Rīgas Plānošanas regions

18 Zigfrida Annas Meierovica blvd

LV-1050, Riga, Latvia

Ilgvars Francis, Entrepreneurship specialist


Information about the RIS3 of the partner region:

National document level: “Latvian National RIS3 strategy”
Legal owner: Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Economics are both responsible for the RIS3 design as well as implementation process
Web: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/lv

Key challenges for innovation policy

  • Current prevalent business model of Latvian companies is not oriented toward innovation
    • Oriented towards cheap labour and exploiting natural resources
  • Weak cooperation between industry and science
  • Existing education system does not match demand and supply of labour
    • Especially in STEM
  • Not enough science and research capacity
  • Monocentric regional development.

Smart Specialisations Areas in Latvia

The main smart specialisation areas of the Latvian National RIS3 strategy are:
  • Smart Energy
  • Advanced ICT 
  • Knowledge intensive bio-economy
  • Biomedicine, medical technologies and biotechnology
  • Smart materials, technology and engineering.

Main objectives of the RIS3 

RIS3 objectives and instruments:
  • Development of human capital
    • attracting young scientists
    • avoid fragmentation of resources (more consolidation)
    • internationalization of science (support of cooperation programs)
  • Closer integration of education, science and industry sectors
    • facilitate technology transfer via attraction of technology transfer experts in universities and introducing new transfer services (proof-of-concept), better linkages with instruments oriented to support the creation of new businesses
    • continue to develop Competence Centres, especially in specialization areas, as long-term collaboration platforms between industry and academia and coordination platform among industry players themselves
    • support for development of technology transfer infrastructure (open labs, prototyping labs, living labs) in universities and research organizations
  • Building innovation capacity of industry
    • new tax relief to support industry investments in R&D
    • support to SMEs to acquire knowledge for development of new products and technologies (innovation vouchers)
    • support for development of enterprises, especially newly established businesses formed on the basis of research results
    • support for business with fast growth potential via early stage investment instruments
    • support for non-technological innovation and creative industries.


Financing of RIS3-related operations is divided between a few sources:
  1. Structural funds (ERDF, ESF, European Rural Development Fund)
  2. EU R&D programmes (Horizon 2020)
  3. EU Territorial Cooperation programmes
  4. Latvian national budget.

Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” for the European Union (EU) funds 2014-2020 programming period makes 4.4 billion euro available for Latvia. In 2014-2020 the most significant investments are planned to increase the investments in research and development, promote and attract private investment, as well as to activate cooperation between research institutions and businessmen.

RIS3 monitoring situation in Latvia / Riga Planning Region  

The national Smart Specialization Strategy and the national RIS3 monitoring system do not include a particular regional or local component. There is a single nation-wide strategy and a monitoring system, respectively, that views the whole territory of Latvia as homogeneous space and there are no regional RIS3 strategies. The monitoring of RIS3 in Latvia is done in consonance with the associated long-term and medium-term policy planning documents both on the national and regional levels. Among the most important ones there are the Science, Technological Development and Innovation Guidelines 2014-2020 (STDI) and the National Industrial Policy Guidelines 2014-2020 (NIP). Both policy documents refer to the changes in the indicators selected to measure the results of development policies and include the plan for further activities. A new dimension to the monitoring process was introduced in 2019 by the new Guidelines for Regional Development of Latvia 2021-2027 to allow for monitoring of change at various levels of spatial hierarchy.