Following an extensive consultation with Member States concerned and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, a revised Action Plan of the EUSBSR was agreed with Member States concerned and now is finalised. The revised Action Plan, which is more streamlined and focused, consists of 13 policy areas and 4 horizontal actions, in total 17 thematic areas of macro-regional significance. It also includes a new chapter on the role of regional organisations/networks and their added-value within the EUSBSR. The revised Action Plan was presented at the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR (15-16 June 2015, Jūrmala, Latvia).

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The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centrum Balticum foundation have produced a guide on the EUSBSR in Finnish language. The new guide is focusing on basic information about the Baltic Sea Region strategy.

If you like to have a look or use the guide, click here.

 

 

A new publication funded by INTERACT and carried out by Spatial Foresight is now available. It addresses cooperation methods and tools applied by ESI Funds programmes to support the implementation of the EUSBSR during 2014-2020. The publication also includes recommendations on the next steps.

KEEP, the online database of territorial cooperation projects and beneficiaries, has very recently added a new possibility to its search engine. Users can now opt to search for data within the specific scope of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The new EUSBSR search criteria (in the 'Advanced Search' section) will open to KEEP users access to information on the projects and partners of this EU Strategy, its Priority (Policy) areas and horizontal actions. This new data in KEEP includes not only Interreg / Territorial Cooperation projects, but all types of projects that are in line with the EUSBSR, part of its flagship projects, or flagship projects themselves. Users can either look for detailed information project by project or opt for an aggregated vision of the projects within the scope of this EU Strategy, by exporting their search results to Excel.

Check it out here: www.keep.eu

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A new publication has just been produced by the INTERACT programme and is entitled 'The alignment of funding to support the EUSBSR: Where do we stand?'. This short publication includes a compilation of articles and aims to present different viewpoints on what is the alignment of funding and the state of play in its implementation. It openly presents stakeholders’ concerns and challenges in the alignment of funding process as well as gives ideas for further development.

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The latest issue of the EUSBSR newsletter focuses on the VI Annual Forum of the EUSBSR which will take place on 15-16 in Jūrmala, Latvia. It contains some general information about the event addressing in particular main sessions, networking village and workshops. In addition, it includes some short news about the state of play of other EUSBSR-related issues.

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The first call for EUSBSR Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Coordinators support applications (to the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme) was closed on 19 February 2015. At its meeting on 28-29 April 2015 in Stockholm, the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region granted funds to the Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region to their support tasks related to role as a coordinator/leader of a thematic area set in the Action Plan of the Strategy. 18 Priority Areas and Horizontal Actions (PA/HA) will receive in total 1.66 million EUR ERDF co-financing. The funds will support PAC/HAL coordination work, e.g. their cooperation with the member states, flagship leaders, as well as will help define and implement the priority area/horizontal action targets and indicators.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region takes an active part in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR, the Strategy) and its Action Plan. For the funding period 2014-2020 the thematic priorities 1-3 of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region have been aligned with the objectives of the Strategy to maximise the synergies and leverage effects on other financing sources in the programme areas. The Interreg Baltic Sea Region offers support to the Strategy implementation for example by financing flagship projects and their preparation (seed money support).

In addition, in this funding period the programme provides direct support to the coordination activities of the macro-regional cooperation. The support is provided through the thematic priority 4 ‘Institutional capacity for macro-regional cooperation’ and its specific objective 4.2 “Coordination of macro-regional cooperation” in particular. The Programme support aims at increasing the capacity of public administrations and pan-Baltic organisations for transnational coordination in implementing the EUSBSR. The Programme provides support to the Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EUSBSR, as well as supports the Strategy Forums and other communication activities.

The interest in getting funding for projects from Interreg programmes is growing. Today the Monitoring Committee for the BSR programme decided on 81 projects to invite 81 projects to be developed into full proposals. All in all, the first call during this new period 2014-20 resulted in 282 concept notes. This means that almost 30% of the concepts get a chance to do the full application.

The final approval of applications is planned at the meeting of the Monitoring Committee meeting in November 2015, and the second call is planned to be announced at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.

Also Central Baltic Programme has made the decision on project ideas that have made it to the second phase. Out of 136 regular project applications, Central Baltic programme has given green light for 45 projects to hand in the full application. The funding decisions in Central Baltic will be taken at the end of August 2015.

Registrations are open for the VI Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, 'Achieving e-Quality by Connecting the Region'. The event will be held on 15-16 June in Jūrmala, Latvia. It aims at discussing issues related to digital connectivity, digital equality and how information and communication technology is transforming the region.

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The registrations for the VI Annual Forum will open in mid-April and close on 1 June. The event will be organised on 15-16 June in Jurmala, Latvia. Registration may be closed earlier if the venue capacity is reached ahead of the closing date.

The S3 Platform is launching an online survey on examples of successful inter-regional and trans-national R&I partnerships implementing past and current innovation strategies. Your proposals will serve for the establishment of a repository of cases which will then allow discussing practices applied in order to find possible supporting instruments and measures tackling the bottle-necks of trans-national R&I cooperation. The most inspiring and relevant examples will presented at various upcoming events. The S3 Cooperation survey is available here. The deadline to fill in the online survey has been extended until 28 February 2015.