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The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 will be ready for approval in May

Substantial progress has been made in preparing the Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 for the Baltic Sea Region. The Programming Task Force of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 met (for the sixth time) in Berlin on 10-11 April 2014 to examine the final changes in the Cooperation Programme before it is presented to the Joint Programming Committee for approval (on 14 May in Warsaw).

The public consultation closed on 28 March resulted in multiple comments to the Cooperation Programme. The comments were carefully examined by the Task Force members, and the Programme will be revised accordingly. A summary of the comments will soon be available in the section Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.

The Task Force recommends dividing ERDF funds (EUR 263.8 million) between the Programme priorities by the following method:

  • Priority 1: “Capacity for innovation” - 32%
  • Priority 2: “Efficient management of natural resources”-  32%
  • Priority 3: “Sustainable transport” - 25%
  • Priority 4: “Institutional capacity for macro-regional cooperation” - 5%
  • Priority 5: “Technical Assistance” - 6%

When applying for funds, applicants will follow a two-step approach. During the first step, the project idea owners will submit a “concept note”. If the concept note is accepted by the Monitoring Committee, the applicant will be invited to develop the project idea further and submit a complete project proposal (second step). The TF members agreed that the concept note shall include a project summary, challenges and results, main activities and outputs, partnership and the preliminary budget.

The Programme will group thematically linked projects into clusters. Clustering will help to coordinate activities and increase impact of the projects. The project clusters will run as and in parallel to the “regular” projects.

The Task Force members agreed that from Priority 4, stakeholders of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will be entitled to apply for support for their activities. The Task Force agreed that indicatively, up to EUR 8 million of ERDF funds will be allocated to assistance to the Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Leaders. Another EUR 3 million will be made available for seed money projects of the EU Strategy. The remaining funds of EUR 2.2 million will support the organisation of Annual Forums and other implementation tasks. The co-financing rate from the Cooperation Programme was agreed to be 85 per cent.

It is expected that the Cooperation Programme (CP) 2014-2020 will be approved by the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) on 14 May 2014 and submitted to the European Commission during summer.

Snapshots from the TF meeting:

The meeting was chaired by Teresa Marcinów, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Poland (left).

published 14.04.2014