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Programming started – first meeting of the Joint Programming Committee for the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014 – 2020

The new Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 has taken off. Chaired by Ms Arina Andreicika from the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, the new programming body called   "Joint Programming Committee" took up work. All eleven countries including Russia and Belarus came together in Riga on 28 and 29 March.  Delegations started by voicing their expectations towards the thematic focus of the new Programme. The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will be one of the most relevant policy frameworks for the new Programme. Yet the Programme's ambitions will not be limited to the Strategy's three objectives. Programmes are expected to focus on fewer topics and produce measurable results. But will a limited choice respect the variety of needs for cooperation in the area?

Countries also shared their views on the draft regulations which are currently in the legislative procedure. The negotiations between the Member States and the Commission have not been finalised yet. Simplification of administrative procedures has been high on the agenda since the beginning - now the question is how to meet the still strict audit and control requirements? A debate on the co-financing rate in the new programme can be expected as well: will a uniform co-financing rate of 75 % attract relevant partners also in the Eastern BSR countries?

The stakeholders will be involved in the programming process as well. A Reference Group composed of relevant transnational organisations will be asked to present their ideas. On 17 April the Joint Technical Secretariat will sent out a questionnaire to this Reference Group. National, regional and local actors will be consulted through national bodies. The Joint Programming Committee selected a consortium led by the Denmark based consultancy company "COWI" to carry out the ex ante evaluation for the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.

The committee will meet next in Riga on 13 June back to back with the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the current Programme.

published 30.03.2012