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									Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013

Transnational Co-operation Programme
under the
European Territorial Co-operation Objective   Belarus
Prepared by the Joint Secretariat             Norway
The eligible area of the programme

           • EU Member States
             Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
             Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
             and Sweden (whole
             country), Germany (parts of
             the country)
           • Norway (whole country)
           • Russia (parts of the
           • Belarus (whole country)
           • NEW! Partners from other
             EU and non-EU areas may
             join individual projects and
             benefit from the programme
             funds (under certain
                  Who can apply?

• Public authorities from national, regional and local levels

• Public equivalent bodies (e.g. research and training
  institutions, business development institutions and other
  non-profit organisations)

• Private sector involvement as additional partners with
  own financing

• Lead Partner principle to be further applied
                      Budget of the programme

• Higher than the size of the present programme

• Will be composed of:
   – European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): approx.
       208 MEUR
   – European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
       (ENPI): approx. 22.6 MEUR (NEW!)
   – Norwegian national funding: approx. 6 MEUR
   – Respective obligatory own co-funding from
       national/regional/local level
                             Co-financing rate

The programme funds will cover:

    – up to 75 % of eligible project costs generated by
      partners from Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Finland
    – up to 85 % of eligible project costs generated by
      partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
    – up to 50 % of eligible project costs generated by
      partners from Norway
    – up to 90 % of eligible project costs generated by
      partners from Russia and Belarus
                        ENPI component (NEW!)

•   Participation of partners involved in the activities which are
    for the benefit of the Russian or Belarusian territory
    covered by the programme will be financed from the ENPI

•   Partners using the ENPI funds will have to follow the rules
    that apply for EU external funding (PRAG rules)

•   ENPI component under preparation towards an integrated
    ERDF/ENPI programme
                                     Implementation structure of the
                                                                      8 EU Member States
             Monitoring and Steering                                           +
               Committee (MSC)                         Represen-        Belarus, Norway
                                                                           and Russia
                                     Agreements             Agreements

          Single                             Single                                                                Group
         Managing                           Certifying                                                               of
       Authority (MA)                     Authority (CA)                                                          Auditors
                                                                             Authority (AA)                     (1 representative
        Investitionsbank                    Investitionsbank                                          Assis-
                                                                                                      tance        per Member
       Schleswig-Holstein,                Schleswig-Holstein,                 ???, Germany                      State; chaired by
         Kiel, Germany                       Kiel, Germany                                                             AA)

                       Assistance         Assistance            Assistance
                                                                                                  „First level“
                 Joint                                 Payments                                         (set up by
               Technical                  Agreement                                                   Member States)

                 (JTS)                               Lead
             Main office: Rostock,                                       Bene- Bene- Bene-
                  Germany                         beneficiary            ficiary ficiary ficiary                  …
               Branch office:
                 Riga, Latvia
                     Identity of the new programme

 It is a mainstream Structural Funds programme for the Baltic
   Sea Region (Objective 3 programme on Territorial
   Cooperation); no longer a Community Initiative although it is
   a continuation of the BSR IR3B programme

 It addresses the Lisbon and Gothenburg strategies and
   develops on the Baltic Sea Region specificity

 It addresses only issues which call for intervention at the
   transnational level

 It has a geographical, thematic and quality focus
 It combines three development aspects of the BSR:
   (1) territorial cohesion
   (2) socio-economic competitiveness
   (3) sustainable management of the natural resources
            Strategic objective and priorities of
                      the programme

 1. FOSTERING OF                               2. IMPROVING OF EXTERNAL
  INNOVATIONS                                        AND INTERNAL
 ACROSS THE BSR                                ACCESSIBILITY OF THE BSR


                         OBJECTIVE:                Accelerated functional
                                                  integration and internal
                       To strengthen the                convergence
                    development towards a          Increased investment
                          sustainable,                 attractiveness
                        competitive and               Higher regional
                    territorially integrated            productivity
                      Baltic Sea Region by          Better quality of the
                     connecting potentials              environment
                    over the administrative        Recognition of the BSR
                             borders                 as a global player

3. MANAGEMENT OF                                 4. PROMOTING OF
THE BALTIC SEA AS                                ATTRACTIVE AND
    A COMMON                                    COMPETITIVE CITIES
    RESOURCE                                       AND REGIONS
                Priority 1: Fostering of innovations
                           across the BSR

Directions of support:

 Supporting of the innovation sources

 Facilitating transnational technology transfer and
  dissemination of knowledge, in particular for SMEs

 Strengthening the societal foundations and public
  participation in generation and absorption of new
                 Priority 2: Improving external and
                  internal accessibility of the BSR

Directions of support:

 Promotion of transport and ICT measures enhancing
   accessibility and sustainable socio-economic growth

 Actions stimulating further integration within existing
   transnational development zones and creation of new ones
                  Priority 3: Management of the
                 Baltic Sea as a common resource

Directions of support:

 Water management with special attention to challenges
  caused by increasing economic activities and climate

 Enhancement of Maritime Safety

 Economic management of open sea areas and sustainable
  use of marine resources

 Integrated development of off-shore and coastal areas
                Priority 4: Promoting of attractive
                and competitive cities and regions

Directions of support:

 Strengthening metropolitan regions, cities and urban areas
  as engines of economic development

 Strategic support for integrated BSR development and
  socio-economic and territorial cohesion

 Strengthening social conditions and impacts of regional
  and city development (NEW! – ENPI)
                     Character of future projects

•   Projects have to address topics identified under the
    priorities of the programme

•   Principle of transnationality to be respected, i.a.
    projects should demonstrate potential for the whole BSR

•   Emphasis on strategic relevance of projects, preparation
    of future investments, capitalisation of project results

•   Learning experience and model solutions to be produced

•   Transfer of project results to be better visible than in
    the present programme
                                       Indicators System (NEW!)
                                  introduced in the Programme

      The system of indicators is based on a set of expected
       results defined for each priority and accompanied by
       respective outputs
      Programme targets are expressed as a minimum expected
       number of projects contributing to the given result

      The system of indicators operates at two levels:
        -   at the programme level results indicators are the numbers
            of project addressing the given result,
        -   at the project level result indicators are defined and
            quantified by the projects themselves

                            Feature of the programme:
                                strategic projects
A project is regarded strategic if:

 it refers to a problem and develops solutions essential for
   the stable development of the whole BSR, and

 its geographical area or area of influence encompasses the
   whole or large parts of the BSR, and

 it contains an investment stage, and
 it has a strong political backup at the national level, which
   takes responsibility for endorsement of the policy
   recommendations or implementation of transnationally
   prepared investments

Examples of strategic projects are given under each priority
                     Feature of the programme:
                     principle of transnationality
Projects are requested to:
 ensure joint project development, management, financing
  and implementation by partners from at least 3 countries
  from the programme area (out of minimum 3 financial
  partners at least 2 come from EU Member States inside the
  BSR), and
 address topics of importance for or having impact on the
  BSR development, and
 develop model solutions and learning experience in a
  transnational context, i.e. through a common process of
  involving actors of various countries, or
 provide development proposals (strategies, programmes,
  concepts) for a contiguous transnational territory (e.g.
  transport corridor-related development zone)
                  Feature of the programme: quality

 contribution to sustainable development
 added value
 competence raising
 durability
 preparation of investments
 transferability of results
                Launching of the programme

• Open calls for application launched on a regular basis
• Max. two calls per year
• Calls open and advertised for approx. 3-4 months
• Considered schedule for the 1st call: still discussed!
    – Programme info days:
    – Opening of the 1st call:
    – Thematic workshops, lead applicant seminars,
      project consultations:
    – Closure of the call:
    – Decisions on projects:

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