The Baltic Sea Region Programme's stakeholders - including for example national, regional & local authorities, pan-Baltic organisations, non-public associations, academic/scientific institutions as well as other EU funding programmes - were asked about their expertise and opinions at numerous occasions throughout the programming process.
National reference groups
National consultations were carried out by the Programme countries on a regular basis during the programming process (e.g. on thematic priorities) with reference groups. Members of the Joint Programming Committee from each member state set up individual consultation processes in the respective countries.
BSR-wide reference group
A reference group of about 50 key stakeholders (actors nominated to implement the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and representatives of pan-Baltic organisations) was set up in 2012. The reference group's tasks were to name the needs and expectations towards the programme 20014-2020 (on behalf of the programme's target groups) at the beginning of the programming process and to provide comments and suggestions during the programming process.
In spring and summer 2012, a survey was carried out among the reference group in order to analyse the needs and expectations towards the programme.
Current project beneficiaries and controllers
In fall 2012, the Joint Technical Secretariat carried out three online surveys among lead partners, partners and financial controllers of the current programme in order to identify strengths and weeknesses on the level of everyday implementation. More than 800 beneficiaries replied.
Stakeholders from the region
In April 2013, the Joint Technical Secretariat carried out three Thematic Programming Workshops with a total of 160 participants. One workshop was dedicated to each of the following topics: environment, transport and innovation. The aims of the workshops were to verify and further specify the key challenges previously extracted from a SWOT analysis.
Once a draft of the Cooperation Programme was prepared and approved by the Joint Programming Committee, a public consultation process was launched. The purpose was to give all individuals or associations interested in the Programme the chance to express opinions, constraints or advice. After the public consultation, the Cooperation Programme was redrafted. More info and documents in the section Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.