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Finalised projects: 90
EUR committed: 215.0 mln
Main project outputs > 280
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What our stakeholders think about the JTS

We would like to present to you some results from three online surveys directed at stakeholders and practitioners of the Baltic Sea Region Programme at the end of 2012. In total 4,500 surveys had been sent out and 867 have been returned, resulting in a response rate of 19.3%. Read the summary report or find detailed results in the following presentations:


JTS support generally appreciated

We asked project lead partners, partners, first level controllers and others about the quality of JTS services. 78% feel that the JTS supports the implementation of their projects. A large majority of respondents (74%) state that the JTS answers their requests in time. For some, the reason for slow information flow is rooted in the Lead Partner principle where information from the JTS is directed to the Lead Partner, then to the Project Partner and then back again via the Lead Partner to the JTS. We are overall pleased with the positive assessment of JTS' work, but will nonetheless investigate how to further improve our services for the next generation of the Baltic Sea Region Programme.

More useful planning tools wanted in application

When asked about the future of the programme especially regarding the application form a large share of respondents (76%) believes that within the application form the work plan should be directly linked to the main outputs of the project. In addition almost half of the respondents (49%) would like to include a "Gantt Chart" in the application form to better visualize activities and dependencies in time (36% did not have any opinion on this topic, probably due to missing experience with such charts).

Simplification requested

Interesting findings from the financial management perspective were that 71.5% of the respondents applied cost sharing during project implementation. Out of these the majority (57.2%) did not face any difficulties applying it. However, the programme also received signals to change reporting, calculation and documentation of cost shares. Simplification in these and other areas will be further discussed in 2013 when detailed programme implementation rules are prepared.

First level control approved of

Another finding regarding first level controllers is that the majority of respondents feel they are in time with their controls (54.1%). Besides, a majority of respondents consider themselves cooperative and helpful (52.3%).
Although more than 50% of the responses concerning the time of processing progress reports and level of cooperation with first level controllers were positive, the JTS is not fully satisfied with these rates and intends further improvements in the future period.

We would like to thank you for the time our respondents have devoted to the online surveys. Your feedback to our work, to the structures, tools and control systems of the Baltic Sea Region Programme is very valuable and will help to shape the future programme for 2014-2020.

Your JTS team


published 26.03.2013