Smart Villages support in Latvia

How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?

Yes, there is a formal definition by the Latvian National Rural Network Support Unit as follows:

“A community of citizens who share a common identity, territory and / or interests and who undertake to seek practical solutions to the challenges they face.”

Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?

Digital is not a key feature of Smart Villages in Latvia.

Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?

Social innovation is a very important feature of Smart Villages. It is understood as a service created by local people as a result of the generation of new ideas.

How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?

Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia

Inese Pastare-Irbe (Deputy Director of the Rural Development Support Department)

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CAP 2014-2020

Yes, specific SV interventions.


Technical assistance & training

The activities of the smart villages were supported by the NRN technical assistance funding and through the measures on ‘trainings, mentoring, publicity’.

CAP 2021-2027

Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention

Zanda Dimanta-Svilpe

CAP Network support

Yes, specific Smart Villages activities by the network.


Training/ workshops on Smart Villages

Various training sessions to help village people to achieve goals for the development of Smart Village


Specific webpage/ website on SmartVillages


Collection of specific examples/ good practices on Smart Villages


Regularly sharing news/ information on Smart Villages

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

Yes, other national policies also support Smart Villages.


Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Latvia on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Latvia country page.

Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce

Smart Villages in Latvia

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