Government plans public administration "innovation ecosystem"

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The Latvian government on May 10 approved a report on the development of an "innovation ecosystem" in public administration.

"In the report, the State Chancellery identified the investments required from the Recovery Fund to develop the innovation capacity of the public sector and thus improve the quality of its services," a release said.

The reforms aim to "significantly increase the innovation capacity of the public sector in order to develop a modern and efficient public administration. Such an administration will be able to attract competitive staff and improve the services it provides to citizens, making them more convenient and more accessible to different groups of society," the release said.

In order to achieve the objectives, a regulatory framework governing the functioning of the innovation ecosystem will be established and an innovation laboratory will be further developed where new solutions and services will be tested.

"Along with the development of the public sector innovation ecosystem, innovation experts will be attracted, suitable co-working space, technical equipment and training will be provided for the staff concerned, and digital environment will be created, as well as other necessary measures will be taken," the release said.

There were few specific details other than confirmation that EUR 900 000 will be provided from the Recovery Fund to implement the measures. The project will be carried out by mid-2025.

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