Our general objectives

The aim of the European Center for Research and Regional Development is to preserve, study and promote the common interests of its members, in the context of public service.

The general objective is to develop innovative Research and advance the Regional Development.

More specifically, the specific objectives of the European Center for Research and Regional Development are the following:

1. The promotion of innovation,
2. The promotion of education at all levels,
3. The identification and promotion of best practices,
4. The development of research, expertise, and innovation,
5. The representation of its members in all Public and Private Bodies,
6. The implementation of public works,
7. The promotion of actions to support innovation in enterprises for their modernization and development,
8. The expansion of their business networking and knowledge base,
9. The preparation of proposals and management of EU programs, as well as those of Latvian Ministries,
10. To participate in research projects,
11. To update and inform members on developments in National, European and international level,
12. The cooperation and synergies with bodies of social economy for the dissemination of good practices and promotion of joint projects with Municipalities, Public and social bodies with final object to develop the social economy,
13. Planning and implementing community service projects with collaborating bodies and Regional Authorities,
14. The promotion of Regional Development
15. The implementation of environmental protection and environmental awareness actions and information,
16. The implementation of actions for the protection of cultural heritage,
17. The promotion of actions for development of tourism and tourism promotion,
18. The combat against unemployment and social exclusion,
19. The enhancement of the value of environmental protection and renewable energy resources in Latvia and Europe,
20. The diffusion of innovation in the European area.

Our projects

As Coordinator
KA105 “The Devil's Advocate” – Youth Exchange

The project "The Devil's Advocate" is organized by the European Center for Research and Regional Development with the purpose of bringing together 30 young people from Latvia, Slovenia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Spain, to provide in-depth consideration of critical thinking, the attainment of objectivity, effective communication and public speaking techniques, understanding of oneself and the psychological cause of others thinking. The project will provide young people with the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to develop competencies, both in psychological and in business terms. Participants will be able to experience the TEATER simulation game on the basis of the acquired basic foundations, which they will be able to distribute and adapt in their local environments to other young people.
Participants will present final TEATER simulation game "The Devil’s Advocate" in center of forward-thinkers and knowledge - in special castle of Light, Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka, where participants will play mentioned game. Therefore, their presenting in special Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka, will be as a symbol and core of our project, as our goal is to raise awareness of critical thinking.
At the same time, an artistically crafted BOOKLET "My Mindset" will be created at the end of the project, with visible life changes for each participant, with unique views and developments before and after the project. Therefore, the project itself allows for the development and management of the project's implementation in practice, thus promoting youth activism in its local communities. The project focuses especially on ways to increase critical thinking and non-formal education methods to build competencies ranging from communication, objectivity, understanding of diversity, etc.
Participation in the project will help participants build confidence and further support to disseminate results and experiences. In this regard, the program of the project will first focus on definitions, information and awareness of general concepts and tendencies. In the next phase, activities will focus on the development of individual competencies and initiatives and the identification of mechanisms for achieving critical thinking. As a further step, the activities will focus on the development of individual competencies for effective communication and public speaking. All this creates the framework of the competencies and knowledge needed to integrate, prepare and run the TEATER simulation game "The Devil's Advocate", which is a great method to integrate so many required competencies.

KA104 New Abilities and Skills in Europe
NASE concerns the training of 9 educators and trainers on the topic of digital education. The topic of the project, in Europe and in individual countries have come to terms with local socio-economic conditions, with the ability to make infrastructure investments in the country and therefore promote effective system actions suitable for changing, in relation to ICT, the technological environment of the citizen and his skills in conscious use of digital technology he training modules that teachers will face during the Training abroad will be: to fill the gap between professors concerns team collaboration through digital channels and interacting through technologies.
The general objective of the NASE project is to facilitate the training path for trainers and educators to a new teaching model supported by the media and digital technology.
NASE project e includes 3 areas of intervention divided by 3 groups of educators who want to deepen with a week of training in 3 countries: Spain Ireland and Italy; The destination countries have been identified on the basis of experience and experimentation with innovative models in the field of adult skills education.
The first area that is of "Educator in digital contexts" will be Spain, the second area that is of "Digital Humanities and Interactive Tools for Training" will be in Ireland, whereas the third area: "Educator as a Digital Expert" will take place in Italy.

“Integrated Sport Educational Plan to tackle Racism of Youth” - Sport Small Collaborative Partnership
Racism is emerged on several grounds, including race, colour, ethnic or social origin and membership of a national minority preventing the improvement of the level of key competences of youth but mainly the opportunity to be in integrated in the society improving their self-confidence in the future life.
Corresponding to the European Union Work Plan for Sport (2017-2020), the White Paper for Sport (COM (2007) 391 final) and the Communication on Developing the European Dimension in Sport (COM/2011/0012 final), “Integrated Sport Educational Plan to tackle Racism of Youth” deeply concerns about growing numbers of European citizens, especially young, who become more and more racism victims while at the same time the inactive crisis is developed.
“Integrated Sport Educational Plan to tackle Racism of Youth” is an 18-month European project to be implemented by youth and sport NGOs in 5 EU states (Latvia, Belgium, Slovenia, Greece and Serbia). It is also a function of the historical period we are living in, a time when the European Commission, seeking to shape a new Youth Strategy, cites these statistics: 29% of 16-29 year-olds in Europe are at risk for poverty or social exclusion; when 11.5% of 15-24 year-olds had failed (as of May 2018) to find a place in an educational institution, employment, or training. Almost 16% of young people in that 15-24 age bracket were unemployed as of May 2018 (European Commission – COM (2018) 269).
Our consortium aims to co-operate with the sport governing authorities and raise the public awareness about phenomena of racism in youth. It is made up of five organizations with very different cultures. This design responds to the call of the EC for a new Youth Strategy and Sport Policy to take on challenges “such as involving more young people from a more diverse range of backgrounds, including those with fewer opportunities and those with disabilities, and a better outreach at the grassroots level and use “sport” as a factor in their social inclusion.
The overall aim of this project is to build up the capacities of European Young and Sport managing authorities and youth workers so that they can face the growing problem of racism in youth with innovative tools, resilient management, and a solid sense of their ethical boundaries as practitioners.

Youth action towards respecting EU common Values – EUVALUE – Europe for Citizens
One of the challenges today’s Europe faces is Euroscepticism which is reinforced with the significant political disengagement of young people when we are talking about traditional political forms. Young people prefer to engage themselves to short term political activities, like specific initiatives, petitions, short-term activities that do not demand full engagement. It is impressive the use of new ICTs, such as social media which are easy and fast, provide the sense of fulfilling political obligations and participation to social change movements. Participation in political activities is in crisis, especially when it comes to young people, and this is a major issue facing contemporary democracies. Young people are not only disengaged but they might be apathetic and/or alienated from the traditional forms of politics(Hay 2007). The experience gained by the PPs has identified the increasing use of social media in the engagement of young people in politics.
There was also identified a gap on tools & methodologies that give to them the means to support their political views, as well the training they need to use these tools and methodologies. The main aim of EUVALUE is to give to young people the opportunity to learn the available tools and methodologies available to engage themselves in politics at this turning point EU is facing due to the raise of Euroscepticism and the lurking problems COVID19 brought on the forefront. We are seeking to give to our participants the opportunity to express what kind of Europe they want and to outline their long term vision for the future of European integration. We are focusing on the concrete achievements of the European Union and on lessons learnt from our common history, as well we enclose current trends, challenge Euroscepticism and engage them into critical thinking to suggest possible actions that the EU could undertake to foster a sense of belonging, to understand the benefits of the EU & to reinforce the EU's social & political cohesion

As Partner Organisation

The “European Center for Research and Regional Development” since its establishment, submitted the following proposals:
– Participated in the project ADAPT of the ERASMUS+ “European Youth Together” call, 2019 (614839-EPP-1-2019-1-SE-EPPKA3-EU-YTH-TOG).
– Participated in the project HoneyRoutes of the Interreg Latvia-Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme, 3rd call, 2019 (LLI-484).