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Finalised projects: 90
EUR committed: 215.0 mln
Main project outputs > 280
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Cornerstones for the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 set

At its meeting in Tallinn on 11-12 June the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) discussed and decided on several central issues in preparation for the period 2014-2020.

Projects will implement actions set in the three thematic objectives (TO):

  • TO 1 „Strengthening research, technological development and innovation"
  • TO 2 „Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency"
  • TO 7 "Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottleneck in key transport infrastructure"

Further details were discussed, but these have not yet been agreed.

The eligible geographical area would not change when compared with the area in the current programme.

The programme will open up to the private partners. Private companies can take part in projects and receive co-financing from the EU funds on the same terms as public organisations, but private partners will not be able to act as Lead Partners.

The co-financing rates of these thematic objectives will be up to:

  • 75% for partners from Germany, Denmark, Finland and Sweden
  • 85% for partners from Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Russia, and
  • 50% for partners from Norway.

Timetable for preparing 2014-2020 period

Before the Operational Programme (OP) can be finalised, agreed by the participating countries and submitted to the European Commission (COM) for approval, the legal regulatory framework for 2014-2020 has to be agreed between the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament. The Structural and Investment Funds regulations as well as the multiannual Financial Perspective are further protracted.

In parallel the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) and MA/JTS are drafting the programme document. The intention is to have the first version of the Operational Programme ready and approved by the JPC at the next meeting of the JPC in early December.

Afterwards the Operational Programme will undergo the Strategic Environmental Assessment, public consultations and analysis by the ex-ante evaluator. Once all exercises are concluded, the OP will be submitted to the European Commission for approval.

In 2013 the JPC is chaired by Kadri Jushkin, Ministry of the Interior, Estonia (l. Eeva Rantama (JTS), Kadri Jushkin, Susanne Scherrer (MA/JTS) and Ute Neumann (JTS))

JPC meeting in the Ministry of the Interior, Tallinn, Estonia

published 18.06.2013