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MC Task Force gives guidance on the second Call for project applications

The Monitoring Committee’s Task Force “Programme Strategy” met in Berlin on 14 January to look into the most urgent issues before launching the second Call for project applications (19 January – 31 March 2009). Members of the Task Force were nominated by the Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

The Task Force agreed that even though almost half of the funds in Priority 4 were committed in the first Call, Priority 4 will still be open for all topics during the second Call. However, the applicants will be informed which topics are already covered by the approved projects and which topics are still to be tackled.

The guidance on the ENPI funds for Russia is still to come from the DG AidCo (European Commission) in the coming days. This will influence whether project partners from Russia can receive ENPI funding in the second call. Please continue to check our website for more information.

The “EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region” will not directly affect the second Call for project applications. The “EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region” is a unique initiative launched by the European Council in December 2007.  The objective is to apply a more focused and proactive approach to issues in our region from an EU perspective. The Strategy including an Action Plan of project proposals is expected to be adopted by the Heads of EU States under the Swedish EU Presidency starting 1 July 2009. The MC will further investigate possible links to the Baltic Sea Region Programme at its next meeting in Vilnius, on 8/9 June 2009.

In 2009, the Monitoring Committee will be chaired by Ms Giedrė Švedienė of the Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior. The MC will be co-chaired by Norway. The second MC meeting in 2009 will be organised in Oslo, on 15 - 6 September 2009. Most of the funding decisions of the second Call will be taken in September. 

Snapshots from the event

Susanne Scherrer (right), Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat Rostock/Riga and Eeva Rantama, Project Officer & Team Leader


From left: Susann Henning (Managing Authority), Håkan Ottoson (Sweden), Ulf Savbäck (Sweden), Uladzimir Serpikau (Belarus), Kaarina Williams (Germany), Ines von Behr (DG AidCo), Wilfried Görmar (Germany)


Uladzimir Serpikau (Belarus) and Ines von Behr (DG AidCo)


Krista Kampus, Estonia & Harry Ekestam, Finland


Ann Irene Saeternes, Norway and Tiina Tihlman, Finland


Susanne Scherrer, JTS and Ulla Ropponen, DG Regio




Giedrė Švedienė, Chair of the Monitoring Committee in 2009, Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior


published 16.01.2009