South Baltic Programme approves 10 new projects

During the last month meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg South Baltic Programme taking place on Bornholm, the Committee decided to approve 10 new projects for funding.

The following project were approved:

Specific Objective 2.1. Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations

  • ArcheoBalt – Laying fixed foundations for innovative Archeotourism – a new “green” Archeoroute in the Southern Baltic Sea Region
  • SB WELL – Wellbeing Tourism for the South Baltic Region – Guidelines for best practices and Promotion
  • SOUTH BALTIC MANORS – Valorisation of manors for tourism development in rural areas of the South Baltic area

Specific Objective 2.2. Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area

  • COASTAL Biogas – Cluster On Anaerobic digestion, environmental Services and NuTrients removAL
  • WASTEMAN – Integrated Sustainable Waste Management Systems decreasing pollution discharges in the South Baltic area

Specific Objective 3. Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area

  • Connect2SmallPorts – South Baltic Small Ports as Gateways towards Integrated Sustainable European Transport System and Blue Growth by Smart Connectivity Solutions
  • INCONE60 – Inland Blue Transport Connector E60
  • PARKING GETS SMART – Improved & digitalised parking management as tool to foster green and multimodal transport in the South Baltic area

Specific Objective 4. Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions

  • BFA – BALTIC FOR ALL
  • SB BRIDGE – building bridges for green-tech future

 

The resources from the European Regional Development Fund to be allocated to these projects amount to 15 066 852,69 EUR (19% of the Programme financial capacity).

The Monitoring Committee decided also to open the 6th call for proposals from 1 October until 18 December 2018 for the Specific Objectives: 2.2, 3, 4 and 5.

Please visit the Programme’s website for more detailed information about the results of the call.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region news

An interesting year ahead for Interreg Baltic Sea Region. As underlined by Susanne Scherrer, Director of the Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat, in the course of 2018 projects of the first call will deliver their main outputs, project platforms will pick up their work to maximise the effects of projects’ results and the vast majority of the Programme’s funds will be allocated to the third call project selection. From 5 October 2017 to 15 January 2018, Interreg Baltic Sea Region was accepting new project ideas for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region in the third call for project applications. As many as 269 project idea forms have been submitted throughout this time period.

As for the Baltic Sea cooperation with Russia, the Financing Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Commission has successfully been concluded and signed. A total of EUR 8.8 million of EU and Russian funding is now available to enable full participation of Russian partners in our cooperation projects and thus closes the circle of countries bordering the Baltic Sea. According to the Financing Agreement, the European Commission allocated EUR 4.4 million from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to Interreg Baltic Sea Region for Russian beneficiaries. In parallel, Russia earmarked EUR 4.4 million for the Programme budget. The funding rate for Russian partners is up to 85%. All funds will be implemented based on the same set of Programme rules.

At the same time, the foundation of Transnational Cooperation funding after 2020 is being laid. The document is a good opportunity to take a look at the role that Interreg transnational programmes actually play in the context of the EU’s cohesion policy and at the added value of transnational cooperation from the Baltic Sea region and across Europe.

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February 14-15, 2018: UMBRELLA kick-off meeting

On February 14-15 UMBRELLA kick-off meeting took place in the frame of the celebrations for ERB 20th Anniversary. UMBRELLA, within whom ERB plays the role of Lead Partner, aims at developing know-how capacities for small local and regional organisations in the South Baltic Programme area to initiate their active participation in the cross-border cooperation in daily activities.

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Past successes and future challenges: summarising ERB 20th Anniversary

On February 14-16, Euroregion Baltic celebrated its 20th Anniversary during a 3 days long series of meetings and conferences hosted by ERB International Permanent Secretariat in Elbląg. The celebration, which saw the participation of nearly 150 guests representing delegations from Russia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Lithuania, was a good opportunity to take stock of the situation, capitalise the results achieved over the last 20 years and lay the foundation for a fruitful future cooperation.

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Celebrating ERB’s 20th anniversary: conference and kick-off meetings

In order to celebrate its 20th anniversary, on February 14-15, 2018 Euroregion Baltic is going to organize two days long series of meetings and officially launch SB YCGN and Umbrella. SB YCGN (South Baltic Youth Core Groups Network) project focuses on the cooperation of different actors, like local and regional authorities, universities, NGOs, etc. in the field of youth questions. youth participation in decision making on the local level and strengthen the capacities of local and regional actors in the South Baltic Programme area in youth policy and sustainable development. The project has the ambition to create a cross-border network with joint capacity building events, based on analysis and research of partner countries with following the international participatory campaign. UMBRELLA aims at developing know-how capacities for small local and regional organisations in the South Baltic Programme area to initiate their active participation in the cross-border cooperation in daily activities.

Both to be held at the Old Town Hall (ul. Stary Rynek 25, Elblag) on Wednesday 14th at 9.00, the kick-off meetings will see the participation of project and associated partners with the aim of discussing the overall objective, purposes, targets, results and activities to be carried out. To coordinate the meeting: Sebastian Magier – Project Coordinator and Valentina Scandola – Umbrella Project Manager; Małgorzata Samusjew – Project Coordinator and Marcin Zuchowski – SB YCGN Project Manager along with Agnieszka Limanòwka, Joint Secretariat’s Project Officer.

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Save the date: August 18-20 “ReGeneration 2030 Summit”, Åland Islands

On August 18-20 the ReGeneration 2030 Summit is going to be held on the Åland Islands (Denmark).

The summit – organised and led by numerous organisations and partners in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region – is designed as a meeting place meeting place where the youth discuss and propose solutions to reach the UN sustainable development goals. During the summit, youth will take the lead in discussions about the present and the future of the region exchanging knowledge and experience, reflecting and acting together.

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Open position: IVY volunteer in the CaSYPoT project

Starting from February 2018 Euroregion Baltic – International Permanent Secretariat based in Elblag (Poland) is willing to host a volunteer, in the frame of Interreg Volunteer Youth – IVY, up to 6 months. IVY stands for Interreg Volunteer Youth and it’s designed to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects. Being solidarity and volunteering at the heart of the IVY, this initiative is part of the European Solidarity Corps. The initiative is aimed at involving young volunteers to support, promote and report the concrete achievements of Interreg programmes and projects, as well as generally promote cooperation across European borders and related values such as solidarity. The IVY will give volunteers the opportunity to familiarise with the Interreg programmes and projects, make them aware of the many benefits of collaboration among EU internal borders as well as enhance their sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement.

Since September 2017, Euroregion Baltic – International Permanent Secretariat has been hosting an IVY volunteer from Italy, working on the communication and dissemination related activities as well as the capitalization of the results of the surveys carried out in the South Baltic Region.

For more information visit https://www.interregyouth.com/ or send an e-mail to domenico.misurelli@euroregionbaltic.eu

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