The report was prepared by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Contact point of the Convention.
The report was prepared in cooperation with civil society organizations that are united under an umbrella organization
The Council of Creative Unions of Latvia (a non-governmental interdisciplinary organization, that consists of different
professional creative unions) and Association of Non-governmental Organizations of Contemporary Culture.
The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia (CCUL) was founded in 1988 at the Plenary Meeting of Writers Union as Culture Council of Creative Unions. In 1995 it was registered as an association of professional creative organizations “The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia”. CCUL is comprised of 11 creative unions, and total membership exceeds 3500 individual members.
The Association of Non-governmental Organizations of Contemporary Culture was founded in 2007 by the leading contemporary culture NGOs in Latvia The association currently has 19 organizations and individual members and is still open to new members. The aim of the association is to develop and activate the activities of non-governmental organizations in the field of culture and to improve the environment for the activities of cultural NGOs; to represent the interests of cultural NGOs in the cultural policy of the state and local governments; to develop and support innovative cultural processes in Riga and the regions of Latvia, as well as internationally; offer advice and expertise as well as industry research and analysis.
In order to implement the provisions of the 2005 Convention, Latvia has undertaken to observe the participation of non-governmental organizations in the development of policy documents, laws and regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers and their amendments. When developing policy planning documents, as well as laws and regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers, the principles of equality and non-discrimination set out in the Latvian Constitution are simultaneously observed - all people in Latvia are equal before the law and the court. Human rights are exercised without any discrimination.
Sustainable Development Strategy of Latvia until 2030 (Latvia 2030) is hierarchically the highest national-level, long-term planning document. It enumerates the main tasks of the state and society to achieve balanced and sustainable development. Latvia 2030 outlines 7 development priorities, including development of culture space.
National Development Plan of Latvia for 2021-2027 (NDP2027),approved by the Saeima at the extraordinary session on July 2, 2020. NDP2027 is Latvia’s main medium-term development planning document. NDP2027 envisages the strategic objectives, priorities and measures for sustainable and balanced development of Latvia for the next seven-year planning period to achieve the Latvian Sustainable Development Strategy 2030 (Latvia2030), the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to improve the quality of life in Latvia over the next seven years. NDP2027 includes priority Culture and Sport for an Active Lifestyle and involves both – public participation in culture activities and contribution of culture to sustainable society.
The development of Cultural Policy Guideline 2021-2027 is happening in collaboration with CSO, industry advisory councils and society in order to develop comprehensive and non discriminatory policy. The draft of cultural policy guidelines includes 4 directions of activity - accessibility of cultural services to every inhabitant of Latvia, public participation in cultural processes, strengthening of cultural diversity and cultural education.
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The Council of Creative Unions of Latvia
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Association of Non-governmental Organizations of Contemporary Culture
Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture
Cultural and Creative Sectors
Cultural Policy Guidelines 2014-2020 "Creative Latvia"
The planning document Creative Latvia implemented a high hierarchical link with other medium-term development planning documents, creating vertical and horizontal links. At the same time, the Creative Latvia Guidelines are characterized by a high degree of internal coherence between the overarching goal, the problems, the priorities and their objectives, the directions of action and the tasks. The bottom-up approach has fostered the democratic involvement and participation of cultural actors and stakeholders in the development of Creative Latvia. It is necessary to increase the involvement of target groups in the development of the new cultural policy planning document. The Guidelines are viewed by those involved and those responsible for the implementation of Creative Latvia as a functional and useful document. The planning document successfully sets priorities, aims and summarizes all the most important medium-term tasks of the cultural policy, which allows it to be successfully used for argumentation of national and EU funding for implementation of strategically important activities.
Mērķprogramma "Kultūras nozares dokumentēšana" / Programme "Documentation of Cultural Sector"
Digital Cultural Heritage Strategy
Partnering with Civil Society
Cultural Policy Guidelines 2021-2027 - Document in progress
Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Creative Travel Support Program
139 213 euro in 2019
Flow of Cultural Goods and Services
The "Latvian Literature" platform
In 2020 42 publisher received grants (97508 USD)
Treaties and agreements
Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks
National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans
Every two years Ministry opf Culture conducts a research on cultural participation. The results of the 2018 survey show that spending on culture The most popular cultural consumption activities among the population are: attending a parish, city or county celebration (69%), watching television Young people's favourite forms of leisure time differ significantly from other age groups of the population. While watching television is the most popular Young people are more likely to listen to music (73%), use the computer, the Internet (72%), and spend time with friends (72%). Compared to the The survey also shows that computer and the Internet are one of the favourite ways of spending leisure time in Latvia - 44% have mentioned it.