The Rural Support Service is a state administration institution. It was established on 1 January 2000, and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture in accordance with the Law on Rural Support Service.
The Rural Support Service is responsible for implementation of a unified state and European Union (EU) support policy in the sector of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development; it supervises compliance of the sector with the laws and regulations and fulfils other functions connected with agriculture and implementation of rural support policy.
In the framework of its competence, the Rural Support Service administers the EU and state support for rural areas, agriculture, forestry and fisheries:
- Accepts and assesses project applications;
- Makes decisions on allocation or rejecting of financing;
- Keeps records of the granted financing and controls the use of it.
During the period 2007-2013 the Rural Support Service shall administer three EU funds - European Fisheries Fund with the total amount of financing 164 million euros, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – with the total amount of financing 1363 million euros, and European Agricultural Guarantee Fund with total amount of direct payments of 1012 million euros.
The Rural Support Service consists of the central office located in Riga and of territorial structural units – nine regional agricultural departments.
The high standards of professional activities provide for successful implementation of its mission – high quality and integrity in task fulfilment in order to promote growth of agriculture in the whole territory of Latvia in accordance with its competence and providing practical assistance for rural entrepreneurs.
The values of the Rural Support Service play an important role for the implementation of both daily and strategic tasks. The RSS values are as follows:
- Customer-oriented approach.