Zemgale Planning Region (Latvia)

Welcome to Zemgale Planning Region!

Akronym: ZPR

Zemgale Planning Region is an institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in the status of a derived public entity. It combines six municipalities, which after the regional reform "cover" 20 former counties and two bigger cities - Jelgava and Jēkabpilis. Currently, the Planning region includes the Jelgava city municipality, as well as the districts of Aizkraukle, Bauska, Dobele, Jelgava and Jēkabpils, among which there are three regional development centers - Aizkraukle, Bauska and Dobele. The decision-making power belongs to the Development Council, which is formed by the heads of all six municipalities, one of them being elected as the chairman for two years on a rotating basis with the right to extend his term of office for another two years. The task of the administration and its specialists is to plan and coordinate the development of the region within the scope of their competence, to determine its priorities and basic principles in the long term, because one of the basic functions of the Planning Region is also to develop and update Development Programs, to ensure their implementation in life. In the Long-Term Development Priorities of the Zemgale Planning Region for 2015 to 2030, it is stated that Zemgale is a region with a developed bio-economy, agriculture and local resources-based food industry, as well as crafts. Zemgale is a model of "coexistence" of intensive agriculture and ecological farming. Cities of national and regional importance in Zemgale are industrial and service centers of the region, which contribute to the development of rural areas. An important priority for the development of the region is the populated rural areas of Zemgale, where small businesses develop and the traditional living environment is preserved. In addition, Zemgale is a region of education, science and innovation with Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies as the intellectual potential for the development of Latvia and Zemgale, especially rural areas, and strong professional education institutions. Therefore, ZPR not only plans and coordinates public transport in the region, coordinates cultural and vocational education activities, but also develops and implements regional and international projects in accordance with the development priorities of Zemgale, which are mainly based on the recommendations and needs of municipalities, trying to cover the largest possible territory. Zemgale Planning region has developed and implemented projects funded by the EU and other sources and has extensive experience in the project management. Over the years, it has acted as a lead partner and as a cooperation partner in more than 60 projects. The implementation of these projects has attracted amount over 10 million EUR in the region. ZPR cooperates with numerous partners from institutions all around EU, Zemgale’s municipalities, as well as with four other Planning regions in Latvia. Thus, ZPR has accumulated experience of coordinating many partners cross border, administration has established a knowhow and practical experience of managing large scale projects with an infrastructure component thus being able to also provide consultations to partner organizations on public procurement, financial and reporting issues.


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3001 Jelgava


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