Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021- 2027

New programme for new cooperation ideas

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 is about to offer new funding to public and private players around the Baltic Sea who want to shape the region with their smart ideas.

These smart ideas will turn into innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral solutions; solutions that will improve the life of people around the Baltic Sea.

The Programme creates an environment to work across borders to
  • respond and adapt to demands
  • support the transition towards greener and more resilient societies and economies
  • support public authorities in their mission to serve citizens
  • trigger knowledge exchange
Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021 – 2027

Programme cooperation area

The area of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme covers eleven countries: eight EU Member States and three partner neighbouring countries. The Programme covers an area of around 3.8 million km² with a population of more than 103 million inhabitants. It stretches from central parts of Europe up to its northernmost periphery, comprising European metropolitan areas, while major parts of the programme area are counted as rural.

EU member states
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany (the States (Länder) of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Niedersachsen (only NUTS II area Lüneburg region))
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden
Partner neigbouring countries
  • Belarus
  • Norway: the Regions of Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Vestland, Rogaland, Agder, Vestfold og Telemark, Viken, Innlandet, Oslo;
  • Russia (St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Vologda Oblast, Kaliningrad Oblast, Republic of Karelia, Komi Republic, Leningrad Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug, Novgorod Oblast and Pskov Oblast).
What's next?

Attend the
Programme Kick-Off!

When: 28 September, 15:00-17:00 CET
Where: Online as part of the 12th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
How: Registration now online.

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New funding opportunities at the horizon

Interreg Baltic Sea Region in the making

The preparations for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 began in the autumn of 2019 with setting up a Joint Programming Committee (JPC) to supervise the overall progress of programming, and to take formal decisions on the content of the future Programme. The JPC is composed of delegates from eight EU Member States and three neighbouring partner countries around the Baltic Sea region.

 

 

Cohesion policy 2021 – 2027

 

The legislation package, including the Common Provisions Regulation for shared management funds as well as Interreg regulation was approved by the Council in March 2021. European Parliament approved the legal documents and the legislation package entered into force in June 2021. The legislation is available on the European Commission website.

Interreg, endowed with a budget of €8 billion for the years 2021-2027, is one of the two goals of cohesion policy. It provides a framework for working across borders for a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around four strands of cooperation: cross-border, transnational, interregional and integration of Outermost Regions in their neighbouring environment.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region
2021 – 2027
development

The Programme Document for the new Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 is close to be ready for the submission to the European Commission approval. The Joint Programming Committee (JPC) supervising the programming aims to decide on the final version of the Programme Document at its meeting end of September 2021. After that each participating country will need to approve the Programme before it is handed in for the European Commission. The Commission is expected to approve the Programme in spring 2022.

The JPC is composed of delegates from eight EU Member States and three neighbouring partner countries around the Baltic Sea region. One of the core tasks of JPC has been the selection of the future priorities for transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region as well as the allocation of funds to those priorities. You can download the contact list of the JPC members. Contact link to be added here

The JPC members proposed the thematic framework for the future Programme in June 2020. This draft was open to public consultation from July to September 2020. In parallel, coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the project platforms were invited to provide comments in additional surveys. Based on the feedback received, the topics were reviewed and the JPC approved the thematic framework for the new Programme.

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Funding cooperation under four priorities

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 creates an environment for public and private partners to work together across borders on their smart ideas. This is how the Programme helps put into practice innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral solutions for the benefit of the citizens across the Baltic Sea region.

The Programme is structured along four priorities, which in the years 2021-2027 guide partners in achieving the most when cooperating across borders. Each Interreg Baltic Sea Region project has its own share in building:

Priority 1

Innovative societies

1.1 Resilient economies and communities
1.2 Responsive public services

Priority 3

Climate-neutral societies

3.1 Circular economy
3.2 Energy transition
3.3 Smart green mobility

Priority 2

Water-smart societies

2.1 Sustainable waters
2.2 Blue economy

Priority 4

Cooperation governance

4.1 Project platforms
4.2 Macro-regional goverance

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Cohesion Policy 2021 – 2027

Legal framework for the new Programme

All the European Commission’s instruments related to Cohesion Policy for the period 2021-2027, with Common Provisions Regulation for shared management funds as well as Interreg regulation were adopted on 24 June 2021.

Interreg, endowed with a budget of €8 billion for the years 2021-2027, is one of the two goals of cohesion policy. It provides a framework for working across borders for a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around four strands of cooperation: cross-border, transnational, interregional and integration of Outermost Regions in their neighbouring environment.

Cohesion Policy 2021 – 2027

Legal framework for the new Programme

All the European Commission’s instruments related to Cohesion Policy for the period 2021-2027, with Common Provisions Regulation for shared management funds as well as Interreg regulation were adopted on 24 June 2021.

Interreg, endowed with a budget of €8 billion for the years 2021-2027, is one of the two goals of cohesion policy. It provides a framework for working across borders for a harmonious economic, social and territorial development of the Union as a whole. Interreg is built around four strands of cooperation: cross-border, transnational, interregional and integration of Outermost Regions in their neighbouring environment.

Programme structure

The Programme management structure comprises the following bodies.

Monitoring Committee (MC)

(to be established as soon as the Programme is approved)

A joint Monitoring Committee (MC), includes the representatives of all the participating countries. The MC oversees the progress in Programme implementation and achieving the milestones and targets of the Programme. Furthermore, it oversees Programme communication and evaluation. The MC also selects projects for funding. (to be established as soon as the Programme is approved).

Audit Authority

The Audit Authority verifies the effective functioning of the management and control system of the Programme and ensures sample audits on projects. It is hosted by the Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of the German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, Germany. The Audit Authority is assisted by the Group of Auditors comprising representatives of the participating countries carrying out the second level audits.

Managing Authority/Joint Secretatriat

The Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB.SH) acts as the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS). It is located in Kiel and Rostock, Germany.  The MA/JS concludes subsidy contracts with project lead partners. It is the focal point for information and practical day-to-day implementation of the Programme. The MA/JS also manages the Programme funds and pays the subsidies to the project lead partners.

Participating countries

Besides these bodies national sub-committees play an important role regarding the dissemination of Programme related information in the participating countries.

Project lead partners, project partners and their controllers complement the overall Programme management structure.

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Strategic environmental assessment screening

As the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 will work on environmental topics such as water management, transport or land use, the environmental impact of the Programme might have needed to be assessed as part of an EU-wide strategic assessment.

The screening report[1]  has concluded that a full scale Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is not required for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027.

[1] The screening has been made in accordance with the European Union Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (SEA Directive).