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Programming Task Force met in Berlin to continue discussions on future Programme

The Programming Task Force of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 met for the fifth time in Berlin on 27-28 February 2014. By now substantial progress has been made towards the future Baltic Sea Region Programme. It is expected that the Operational Programme (OP) will be approved by the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) in May 2014 and submitted to the EU Commission during summer.

Among other points the Programming Task Force discussed the following issues:

  • Programme budget and indicator targets: the Programming Task Force would like to be more ambitious on the involvement of private partners;
  • The support to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in the OP shall be broadened;
  • Project partners from outside the Programme area shall be eligible if the respective countries confirm the eligibility of the partners and accept their responsibilities towards programme management;
  • Due to different time line of the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), funds for Belarusian and Russian partners will not be included in the first Programme version, but are planned to be added later in an amended version of the Programme;
  • Programme implementation: a two-step application process and higher flexibility of projects were supported by Programming Task Force members, also the instruments for extension stage projects and project clusters received support.

Discussions will continue at the next Programming TF meeting in April and during the Joint Programming Committee in Warsaw in May 2014.

At the Programming Task Force meeting

Timeframe for implementing the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020


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 03.03.2014