South Baltic seed money call open

The South Baltic Programme launched a seed money call. Providing funding for project development activities, seed money can help applicants to develop a full project concept for submission under the 3rd call for proposals between 2 November 2016 and 16 December 2016 or later. The deadline for the submission of seed money applications is 17 June 2016. The application documents are available on Programme website.

Second call for proposals is open in South Baltic Programme

southbaltic_2014On 9th May 2016 the South Baltic Programme has launched the 2nd call for proposals. Once again the call will be open to beneficiaries targeting all five Priority Axes.

The call will continue until 17th June 2016.

For more details about the current call please read the attached call announcement.

For the complete 2nd call application pack to to the official website of the Programme. Programme documents for the 2nd call are available here.

Please note that the the Programme will also launch the 2nd seed money call between 31st May – 17th June 2016. More details about the call will be available soon.

Practical Information

So far six calls for proposals have been concluded within the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme with 50 projects being approved by the Steering Committee.

The first call for proposals within the Programme was held between 26th March and 30th April 2008. Out of 17 project applications submitted for assessment the Steering Committee of the South Baltic Programme approved 4 project applications amounting to more than 4,5 MEUR (ERDF). In the second call held between 20th October 2008 and 9th January 2009 potential beneficiaries submitted 22 applications to the total amount of 18,26 MEUR (ERDF co-financing). After assesing the applications, the Steering Committee decided to approve twelve projects amounting to 10,407,380.63 EUR (ERDF co-financing). On 26th January 2010 the third call for proposals was closed and the Steering Committee decided to approve 9 projects amounting to 9 821 425,16 EUR (ERDF co-financing). You will find more information here.

In the first three calls the Steering Committee of the Programme has allocated almost 24 MEUR to the projects which fairly evenly spread among all the measures of the Programme in the two priorities. The fourth, additional call was held between 3rd November 2009 and 11th January 2010. Out of seven application received during the call, the Steering Committe decided  to approve three  projects amounting to 2 092 668, 36 EUR (ERDF co-financing). The fifth call for proposals was held between 1st April and 21st May 2010 and received 25 applications to the total amount of 25,862,567.85 EUR. On 29th September 2010 the Steering Committee decided to approve ten projects amounting to 11 709 860,32 EUR (ERDF co-financing). The six call for proposals was held 21st October – 17th December 2010. As a result 32 applications were submitted out of which the Steering Committee approved 14 projects to be implemented within the Programme, amounting to 11 088 812,15 EUR (ERDF co-financing).

On 27th January 2010 the Monitoring Committee of the Programme introduced some changes which shall facilitate easier conditions for small infrastructural projects of the pilot nature, as well as enable easier application procedures for projects below 200.000 EUR. The Committee also decided to change the project reporting periods.

A comprehensive description of the Programme objectives and priorities are included in the Operational Programme and the Programme Manual. The Programme Managing Authority is responsible for management and implementation of the operational programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management. The functions of the Managing Authority are performed by the Territorial Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Regional Development of Poland. The functions of the Certifying Authority are fulfilled by the Department of Certifying Authority at the Ministry of Regional Development of Poland. The body designated to act as Audit Authority of the Programme is the General Inspector of Fiscal Control at the Ministry of Finance in Poland.

The Programme Monitoring and Steering Committees are composed of the representatives of national and regional levels, Euroregions Baltic and Pomerania as well as social and economic partners.

The Joint Technical Secretariat is based in Gdansk, Poland, and there are Contact Points in the four other countries, offering assistance to potential beneficiaries.

About the Programme

The overall objective of the South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperaton Programme is to strengthen the sustainable development of the South Baltic area through joint actions increasing its competitiveness and enhancing integration among people and institutions.
The Programme is characterised by geographically large area encompassing regions from five European Union Members States. The area eligible for the Programme includes the following NUTS III units:
Denmark – Regional Municipality of Bornholm and as adjacent: Zealand sub-region;
Lithuania – Klaipeda County and as adjacent: Taurage and Telsiai Counties;
Germany – sub-regions of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Greifswald, Rostock, Stralsund, Wismar, Bad Doberan, Nordvorpommern, Nordwestmecklenburg, Ostvorpommern, Rügen, Uecker-Randow;
Poland – Szczecinski, Koszalinski, Slupski, Gdanski, Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot sub-regions and as adjacent (according to the “20% rule”): Elblaski sub-region;
Sweden – Kalmar, Blekinge, Skane Counties and as adjacent: Kronoberg County.

The Programme has three priorities:

Priority Axis 1: Economic Competitiveness
Indicative actions within Priority axis 1 are a) entrepreneurial development, b) integration of higher education and labour markets, c) transport accessibility:

Priority Axis 2: Attractiveness and Common Identity
Indicative actions within Priorityaxis 2 are: a) management of the Baltic Sea environment, b) energy saving and renewable energy, c) sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage for regional development, d) local community initiatives.

Priority 3: Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance is essential for providing effective implementation of the Programme, financing the preparatory, management, monitoring, evaluation, information, and control activities of the Operational Programme.

Please go to Programme Documents to find out more.

South Baltic Programme – Background

From 2004 Euroregion Baltic carried out a lobbying campaign aiming at the acquisition of a CBC area status in the new EU financial perspective 2007 – 2013. The rationale behind this ambition was to facilitate the implementation process of its common strategy and Joint Development Programme. The first step in the lobbying campaign was to issue the position paper the position paper by which all the ERB member regions expressed their common support for Euroregion Baltic to acquire the CBC status, and for all its members to be able to fall under the CBC eligibility criteria. This position paper was adopted and disseminated in August 2005. It was then presented in a series of follow-up meetings in 2005 and 2006 with the regional and national representations of the ERB member countries to the European Union, members of the EU Parliament, EU Regional Policy Commissioner, Ms Danuta Hübner and her personnel. Another major contribution to the success of the campaign was the support offered by the Swedish government, facilitated by the active internal lobbying of the three ERB member regions in Sweden: Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg. As early as in Spring 2006 the national governments in Denmark, Poland and Sweden agreed to create this new cross-border cooperation facility for the South Baltic area, including the Danish island of Bornholm, the Swedish regions Blekinge, Kalmar, Kronoberg and Skaane, and three northern Polish regions: Pomerania, Warmia-Mazury and Western Pomerania. During the autumn 2006 Lithuania joined in with the regions of Klaipeda, Telsiau and Taurage, as well as Germany with the 10 northern regions in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Polish Ministry for Regional Development was agreed to be the Programme Management Authority and a Joint Programme Secretariat was agreed to be established in the City of Gdansk. At the same time, the Programme Core Group was established writing the draft Operational Programme and including representatives of Euroregion Baltic (S. Demkowicz-Dobrzański of the International Secretariat, later replaced by Tor-Björn Åstrand-Karlsson of the ERB Secretariat in Region Blekinge, later replaced by P. Ratcovitch from Region Blekinge. In addition, the national implementation group formed consisting of the representatives of all the national structures from the five countries involved in the work on the Programme, as well as the Joint Programming Committee, which in July 2007 forwarded the draft programme to the European Commission for approval. The programme with around 61 MEUR provided by the European Regional Development Fund, was approved in December 2007. In December 2007 the ERB Executive Board appointed Mr Bernth Johnson as the ERB representative to the Programme Monitoring Committee, and Ms Raisa Mincinauskiene as his deputy. Similarly, the ERB Executive Board appointed Mr Sławomir Demkowicz-Dobrzański as the ERB representative to the Programme Steering Committee, and Mr Peter Ratcovich as his deputy. In December 2007 the ERB Executive Board appointed Mr Bernth Johnson as the ERB representative to the Programme Monitoring Committee, and Ms Raisa Mincinauskiene as his deputy. Similarly, the ERB Executive Board appointed Mr Sławomir Demkowicz-Dobrzański as the ERB representative to the Programme Steering Committee, and Mr Peter Ratcovich as his deputy. The first application round took place between 26th March and 30 April 2008.

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