Zemgale Planning region functions are prescribed in the Regional Development Law, which defines that region within the scope of its competence ensure the planning and co-ordination of regional development, coordination, collaboration between local government and other state administrative institutions.
From 3rd January 2014 during the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Programme 2009-2014 ”Capacity-building and Institutional Cooperation between Beneficiary State and Norwegian Public Institutions, Local and Regional Authorities” Project „ Increasing territorial development planning capacities of planning regions and local governments of Latvia and elaboration of development planning documents” Zemgale planning region has started to work out Development programme and Long-term sustainable development strategy, which will be develop till 30.12.2014.
Already has organized 6 thematic work group meetings, which main objective was to define actions for each sector development:
1. 14.01.2014. Planners work group;
2. 11.02.2014. Engineering work group;
3. 04.03.2014. Environment work group;
4. 07.05.2014. Entrepreneurship work group;
5. 10.06.2014. Environment work group;
6. 12.06.2014. Tourism work group.
Also, Project experts has participated in the experience exchange trip to Norway on 5th - 6th March, 2014 for capacity raising of territorial development planning and implementing.