South Baltic programme

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 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 Skane, 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. 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. The first application round took place between 26th March and 30 April 2008.

INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC PROGRAMME

The Interreg South Baltic Programme aims at unlocking South Baltic’s potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between local and regional actors from Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Building on the maritime character of the Programme, “blue growth” addresses the economic potential of the Baltic Sea for growth and jobs across the shores of the South Baltic. At the same time, “green growth” underlines the need to pursue the path of economic growth in balance with the environment, in particular by utilising South Baltic’s rich natural and cultural heritage in a sustainable and preserving manner.

The Programme eligible area consists of the following NUTS III units:

  • Denmark: Bornholm, Østsjælland, Vest-og Sydsjælland
  • Sweden: Skåne län, Blekinge län; Kalmar län, Kronobergs län
  • Germany: districts (Landkreise) Nordwestmecklenburg, Rostock, Vorpommern-Rügen, Vorpommern-Greifswald and district-free city (kreisfreie Stadt) of Rostock;
  • Poland: Miasto Szczecin, Szczeciński, Szczecinecko-pyrzycki, Koszaliński, Słupski, Starogardzki, Chojnicki, Gdański, Trójmiejski and Elbląski 1
  • Lithuania: Klaipėdos apskritis, Tauragės apskritis, Telšių apskritis

The ERDF funding is divided between six Programme priorities

Priority Axis 1 – SME Competitiveness
1.1 Internationally active blue and green SMEs
1.2 Innovative blue and green SME

Priority Axis 2– Sustainable use of common resources
2.1 Natural and cultural heritage
2.2 Green technologie

Priority Axis 3– Sustainable transport
Priority 4– Skilled labour forces
Priority 5– Improved cooperation capacities
Priority 6 (Technical Assistance)

Learn more about the current programme here: https://southbaltic.eu/

EUROREGION BALTIC AS A KEY PLAYER FOR THE BIRTH OF THE INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC PROGRAMME

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 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 Skane, 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. 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. The first application round took place between 26th March and 30 April 2008.

INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC 2007-2013

The overall objective of the South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperaton Programme was 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 was characterised by geographically large area encompassing regions from five European Union Members States.

The area eligible for the Programme included 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 had 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

http://2007-2013.southbaltic.eu/index/

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The project UMBRELLA is partly financed from the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.