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A good step forward: First draft of the Operational Programme discussed

During its 4th meeting, the Task Force of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 made a good step forward towards the future programme. 37 representatives from the programme countries met on 10-11 October 2013 in Berlin to discuss the first draft of the Operational Programme.

The Task Force of the Joint Programming Committee during its meeting on 10-11 October in Berlin.

The overall future Programme budget is expected to be at a similar level as in the current programme. Exact figures will be known presumably in November when the Member States will have finalised the allocation of funds to different European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes .

The participants reached broad agreement on objectives within the chosen priorities, namely „Capacity for innovation", „Efficient management of natural resources" and „Sustainable transport". Furthermore, the representatives agreed to provide support to the implementation of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and strategies of neighbouring countries. The programme countries together with the Joint Technical Secretariat will continue working on a number of issues. One on-going task is to identify common objectives of the Russian Strategy for the North-West district and the EUSBSR in order to incorporate those into the Operational Programme.

The next milestone will be to develop a comprehensive draft of the operational programme to be agreed upon in December during the next meeting of the Joint Programming Committee Meeting on 3-4 December in Tallinn. Based on this programme draft a public consultation process will be launched in early 2014.

The Joint Programming Committee is the decision making body for the Operational Programme for the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. It includes representatives from the EU Member States bordering the Baltic Sea, from the European Commission and from neighbouring countries. The programming task force is a sub-group of the Joint Programming Committee which shall support the programming process by preparing decision making.

published 16.10.2013