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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The kick-off meeting of the INTERCONNECT project took place in Karlskrona (Sweden) on 4-5th October 2017. Organized by Region Blekinge, the project’s Lead Partner, the event aimed at organizing the work of the partnership while promoting its practical objectives dedicated to the establishment of sustainable cross-border public transport solutions in the South Baltic area. » Read more
Two Erasmus + projects, submitted by ERB partners in Sweden and Denmark have just been approved: Youth 3.0 and Youth 4.0. They are two of the four ambitious projects submitted last April by a partnership of four organizations in Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania. The leadership is foreseen for Europe Direct Bornholm for Youth 3.0, and Kumulus for Youth 4.0, organizations both committed in the field of youth cooperation. » Read more
On 12th December 2017, all the CaSYPoT project partners and relevant stakeholders are invited to the city of Slupsk, Poland, for an important conference. » Read more
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee on 23-24 May 2017 decided that 39 new projects be approved in the frame of the Programme’s second call for proposals.
The 39 projects have been chosen among 71 projects submitted, and they can be considered as the continuation of 35 projects implemented in the first call.
EUR 87 million have been allocated from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support these projects, whose well embeddedness in the thematic fields of innovation capacity, natural resources management, and sustainable transport, will contribute to a better innovative, connected and accessible Baltic Sea Region.
Here you can find the list of projects approved: List of approved projects in Baltic Sea Region 2nd call
More detailed information will follow at this link.
As the result of the 3rd call for proposals, 12 projects have been selected for funding by the Monitoring Committee (MC) of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020. On 16th and 17th May 2017 in the German sea resort of Binz, the delegates approved the following projects:
- ELMAR: Supporting South Baltic SMEs to enter the international supply chains & sales markets for boats & ships with electric propulsions
- InterMarE: Internationalization of South Baltic maritime economy
- CTCC: Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation
- SB Food Inno: Developing food innovation capacity in the South Baltic Region
- BioBIGG: Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth
- Baltic Heritage Routes: Development of Heritage Tourism Infrastructure in the South Baltic Area
- Baltic Stories: Professionalization of events for culturally embedded and sustainable tourism development of destinations in South Baltic region
- DUNC: Development of UNESCO Natural and Cultural assets
- LiveLagoons: The use of active barriers for the nutrient removal and local water quality improvement in Baltic lagoons
- RBR: Reviving Baltic Resilience
- South Baltic Transport Loops
The resources from the European Regional Development Fund to be allocated to these projects amount to approximately 17,27 m EUR (22% of the Programme financial capacity). The projects approved cover the Programme priorities 1, 2 and 3. An official communication to the applicants will follow shortly.
The Monitoring Committee decided also to open the 4th call for proposals from 22 May until 30 June 2017 for all the Specific Objectives except of 1.1, 1.2 (due to no funding available) and 2.1. The Specific Objective 2.1 will be available in the 5th call, planned to be open from 13 November until 15 December 2017.
On 22nd May 2017 the Interreg South Baltic Programme launched its 4th call for proposals with focus following specific objectives:
- Specific objective 2.2: “Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area”
- Specific objective 3.1: “Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area”
- Specific objective 4.1 “Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions”
- Specific objective 5.1 “Improve the cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks.
Notice: The specific objective 2.1 „Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations” will be open again during the 5th call which will be open between 13 November and 15 December 2017.
Interested applicants are invited to access the application documents here: https://southbaltic.eu/call-for-proposals
The call closes on 30th June 2017, 4 p.m. CET.
Applicants aiming at this call are invited to register for individual consultation meetings with the Joint Secretariat. The upcoming sessions are scheduled as follows:
31 May – 1 June in Karlskrona, Sweden
31 May – 1 June in Sorö, Denmark
23–24 May in Klaipeda, Lithuania
6-7 June in Szczecin, Poland
7-8 June at the Joint Secretariat in Gdansk
Interested applicants are requested to register for a meeting with the Joint Secretariat describing their idea through our online registration system: https://southbaltic.eu/individual-consultations
Kick-off Conference and 2nd all-partner meeting of the SOUTH COAST BALTIC is a three-day event organized by the Economic Development Corporation Vorpommern, that will be held on 16-18 May 2017 in the sea resort Bansin, on Usedom Island (Germany).
SOUTH COAST BALTIC project has been developed in order to build a long term cross-border destination management through the improvement of boating services and infrastructure, on the basis of the MARRIAGE cooperation network.
The 2012 MARRIAGE project launched the cross-border destinations on domestic markets, building cooperation and exchange in water tourism management and marketing, and creating a consolidate network in the southern Baltic regions of Vorpommern (Germany), Zachodniopomorskie and Pomorskie (Poland), Kaliningrad (Russia), Klaipeda region (Lithuania).
SOUTH COAST BALTIC will have an added value in the destination building process. The challenge in these regions now, is not only to access new target markets, but to provide repeaters and followers with high quality boating facilities and services, that need to be harmonized across the south coast Baltic area, also by means of a joint promotion.
SOUTH COAST BALTIC is the very rare case of a tourism project, in which the form of recreation addressed has a genuine cross-border nature and it is evident that applying cross-border cooperation can significantly add to fostering its intensity.
For further information about the event and registration
The Monitoring Committee of the South Baltic Programme decided on the outcome of the 2nd seed money call. The approved financial support from the European Regional Development Fund amounts to 255,421.76 EUR. » Read more
The Council of the Baltic Sea States CBSS has recently launched a new call for proposals within the Project Support Facility.
The main purpose of the CBSS PSF is to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea Region (BSR) cooperation projects contributing to CBSS long-term priorities, bringing added value for the Baltic Sea Region, showing impact in regional cooperation and fostering sustainable partnerships. The total amount of the CBSS PSF for three years is one million euro.
The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome. The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 65 000 euros. The project proposals may be initiated by a variety of legal entities of CBSS Member States, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.
The CBSS priority area for the year 2017 is “Sustainable development for a prosperous Baltic Sea Region”.
The call is open from 15 February to 15 April 2017.
For more specific information about the call please visit CBSS Project Support Facility website.