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					Interreg IIC/IIIB BSR Secretariat/W.Görmar, October 2001




        Interreg III B for the Baltic Sea Region
                      (2000-2006)
BSR Interreg III B Programme

 1. WHAT IS THE INTERREG III B PROGRAMME ABOUT?
    - co-operation area and objectives
 2. WHAT TOPICS ARE ADDRESSED?
    - priorities and measures
    - focus of the programme

 3. HOW MUCH MONEY WILL BE AVAILABLE?
    - EU funding and co-financing

 4. WHAT PROJECTS WILL BE SELECTED
    - selection criteria

 5. HOW WILL THE PROGRAMME BE MANAGED?


disposition
Interreg III B timeframe:

Community Initiative Programme (CIP) to Commission
   4 December 2000

Approved by EU Commission on:
   14 September 2001

Decision on selection criteria and first application round
   25 September 2001

Final Approval Programme Complement
   November/December 2001

First decisions on projects
   Dec 2001(Next twice a year 1 Apr/1 Oct;
   Final before 31 Dec 2006;
   Final expenditure before 31 December 2008.

 Mid-term evaluation before 31 December 2003
  Interreg III B
  Baltic Sea
  Region


Community Initiative on:
Transnational
Co-operation on
Spatial Planning and
Regional Development



map
11 BSR countries co-operate in Interreg III B

 Denmark, Finland, Sweden:           the whole country.

 Germany:     The Federal States (Länder) of Berlin, Brandenburg,
              Hamburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
              Schleswig-Holstein and Niedersachsen (only NUTS II
              area Regierungsbezirk Lüneburg).

 Belarus:     Minsk, Grodno, Brest and Vitebsk provinces.

 Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland:         the whole country.

 Russia:      Kaliningrad, St Petersburg surrounded by Leningrad
              Oblast; the Karelian Republic, Pskov Oblast, Novgorod
              Oblast and Murmansk Oblast.
 Norway:      the whole country.

 co-operation area
General objectives


The Programme shall strengthen economic, social and spatial cohesion by
focusing on disparities between different territories in order to reach an
increased level of BSR integration and to form a sustainable part of Europe:

• expanding BSR economy and strengthening its position in the global
  economy
• increasing level of BSR integration
• promoting a territorial balance by supporting weak points and building on
  strong points
• forming a sustainable part of Europe
• utilising efficiently the limited resources
Quantified targets
   Initiating actions within established national, regional and local systems laying
    ground for investments, which contribute to a stronger BSR economy – at least
    50% of projects should be able to demonstrate results in that respect;
   Enhancing transnationality of actions – at least 2/3 of projects should have
    financing partners from more than two countries;
   Attracting the regional and local level to the programme implementation – at least
    2/3 of project partners should be regional and local administrations;
   Involving private partners more intensively – at least 10% of co-financing should
    come from public-like or private institutions;
   Enhancing cross-sectoral approach in spatial planning - at least 75% of the
    projects should have a mixed partnership involving different sectors;
   Enhancing more concrete physical outputs, such as small-scale infrastructure
    investment –between 10 and 20% of programme costs should be dedicated to
    small scale infrastructure investment;
   Intensifying participation of E-BSR countries - at least half of the projects should
    have financial partners from E-BSR countries and financing from E-BSR partners
    should reach more than 15% of ERDF budget.
Operational Goals



• to promote an integrated multi-sector approach
• to support and further develop a long-term spatial development
  perspective
• to create and support transnational co-operation integrating sub-
  national authorities
• to support concrete measures focused on overcoming problems
  and exploiting potentials
BSR Interreg III B    GEOGRAPHICAL FOCUS

      …overcoming disparities, such as:
      • EAST-WEST divide
      • NORTH-SOUTH divide
      • North - Eastern German Länder integration
      • Strengthening co-operation with Russia/Kaliningrad
       …challenges:
      • Implementation of Northern Dimension Action Plan
      • Incorporation of Barents Region in transnational schemes
      • Further development of SWEBALTCOP/Institution building
      • Strengthening urban regions and more densely populated
      areas
Interreg III B THEMATIC FOCUS

   • Actions for strategic spatial development zones (macro-regions)
   • Concepts for energy and tourism sector

   • Networking of major Urban Centres and urban-rural partnerships
   • Pan-Baltic intermodal transport strategies and better access to IT

   • Baltic green networks and natural/cultural landscapes as
     attractive environment for business development
   • Wise management of natural resources (in particular water)
   • Integrated management for coastal zones and islands

   • Institutional building together with CEEC countries
BSR INTERREG III B CIP: PRIORITIES AND MEASURES
Priority 1: Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for
          specific territories and sectors
Measure 1: Supporting preparation and implementation of strategies for macro-regions
Measure 2: Promoting sustainable development of specific sectors
Measure 3: Strengthening sustainable development of coastal zones, islands and other
           specific areas

Priority 2: Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable
          BSR development
Measure 1: Promoting the development of balanced polycentric settlement structures
Measure 2: Creating sustainable communication links for improved spatial integration
Measure 3: Enhancing good management of cultural and natural heritage and of natural
           resources

Priority 3: Promotion of institution building, strengthening
          transnational spatial development
Priority 4: Technical Assistance to support transnational co-operation
The BSR Interreg III B programme

  Financial allocation to priorities:
  Priority 1: 30%
  Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for specific
  territories and sectors

  Priority 2: 50%
  Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable BSR
  development

  Priority 3: 14,6%
  Promotion of institution building, strengthening transnational spatial
  development

  Priority 4: 5,4%
  Technical assistance to support transnational co-operation

financial allocation
ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

• Transnational spatial development concepts and pilot actions
• Further investigations, which support preparation of investments
• Concrete small-scale infrastructure investments
• Marketing strategies, based on the project results, bridging the
  planning phase with market-oriented activities


…might also form part of projects:
• Transnational exchange of experience
• Training of professional staff together with participants from Non-EU
  states
• Improvement of information basis
SMALL-SCALE INFRASTRUCTURE

Examples of such small scale infrastructure might be:
 information and innovation centres of transnational importance
   including soft- and hardware provisions,
 ICT networks,
 water management,
 thematic (tourist) routes,
 parts of buildings or building complexes (like entrance premises)
   information centres for tourist purposes,
 booking centres,
 demonstration and pilot projects.

The programme will not provide any finance for large
infrastructure investments.
Interreg III B

• Final beneficiaries (potential partners):
    • public authorities on national, regional,
      sub-regional and local level
    • research and training institutions, foundations
    • NGOs
    • non profit organisations.


• ERDF financing
   • maximum up to 75 % for Objective 1 areas
   • up to 50 % for all other areas
       national co-financing from public or "public-like"
       sources, in cash or partly in kind.

beneficiaries and co-financing
Interreg III B Financial Plan


                                     Denmark, Finland
Baltic Sea Region:
                                     Germany, Sweden
97.1 M€ ERDF in one
common pool plus                     (Together 85,4 M€)
national co-financing         ERDF
(public or public-like)

               in addition:          Norway (12 M€)

                                     Phare/ Tacis
          24 M€                      Others (national,
                                     bilateral, Pan-Baltic,
                                     private)

finances
Interreg III B project selection criteria


 transnational (three partners, of which at least two should be
  financial contributors and one a Member State)
     sustainable (long-term)
        quantified (measurable)
            multi-sectoral and territorial




                                                         concrete
                                                       operational
                                                     cost-effective
                                                of appropriate size
                          (in principle) not longer than three years

selection criteria
Project selection criteria (PC Chapter 3)



    a) Eligiblility criteria (from the CIP)

    b) Selection criteria

    c) General recommendation for project design
                   Appropriate size
                   Appropriate number of partners
                   Appropriate duration
IMPLEMENTATION STRUCTURE




   - a joint Monitoring Committee
   - a joint Steering Committee
   - a joint programme management structure, performing the
     functions of the Management Authority, Paying Authority
     and Joint Secretariat
   - national sub-committees and other supporting advisory
     groups




 INTERREG III B in the BSR IMPLEMENTATION
Project selection will be done by the Steering Committee
following open calls for applications to the Joint Secretariat



      Calls for applications will be launched regularly, at least
      once in 2001, and twice per year between 2002 and 2006.

      Special attention will be given to co-ordination of calls for
      application with those for Phare/Tacis instruments.

      In line with the proactive approach to programme
      implementation, the Steering Committee may decide on
      special focus or requirements for individual calls.




  INTERREG III B in the BSR IMPLEMENTATION
PRO-ACTIVITY ELEMENTS

1. Rising awareness and giving information of programme and the PC
2. Encouraging and assisting of promising projects, which help to fulfil the
   programme objectives
3. Assisting projects in finding innovative approaches, appropriate partners
   and establishing transnational networks.

JS Activities:
•   Collect and publish project ideas (homepage and project catalogues)
•   Establish good and close contacts with national sub-committee secretariats
•   Transnational partner search- and information forums (PSF)
•   Monthly Newsletter
•   Seed money implementation
PROACTIVITY - INPUTS from Ministers responsible for
Spatial Planning and Development - Wismar Declaration

  Based on the priority themes of VASAB 2010 Plus emphasis will be
   placed on projects in need of transnational cooperation:
  • Fostering cross-sectoral cooperation and pilot actions for all strategic
    development zones and axes which significantly support integration in the
    Baltic Sea Region, for example cooperation in the South Baltic Arc, incorporating also the
    Kaliningrad region, cooperation in the South-western, South-eastern and Central BSR
  • Evaluating and complementing activities on pan-Baltic intermodal transport
    systems and pan-European Transport Networks from spatial planning and
    development point of view , taking into account balanced regional structures and
    environmental impacts, for example railway connections between the Baltic States and
    Central Europe
  • Enhancing integrated development of coastal zones and islands, extending
    spatial planning also to off-shore side
  • Promoting transnational thematic cultural routes, for example Route of Brick
    Gothic, as well as green networks and corridors, ensuring cross-border continuation
    and better binding together of national green networks.
PROGRAMME COMPLEMENT


A further specification of the programme is ensured in the Programme
Complement and through active influence on project generation. Also the
selection criteria are specified in the Programme Complement. The
selection criteria might be specified, completed and further developed by
the Monitoring Committee during the implementation process .

In the Programme Complement, information on detailed measures including
their ex-ante evaluation and quantifying indicators, on categories of final
beneficiaries, on financing of each measure (including public co-financing
and estimated private contributions) and financing instruments as well as on
information and publicity are provided.


BSR INTERREG III B CIP- MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Interreg III B


                   more info at:

   http://www.spatial.baltic.net




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