The Programme funds projects in
four thematic fields, known as Priorities.

 

Priorities 
2014 – 2020

Priorities
Programme 2014 – 2020

Priority 1 “Capacity for innovation”

offers support for e.g. development of innovation infrastructures, implementation of smart specialisation strategies and development of non-technological innovations.

Priority 2 “Efficient management of natural resources”

highlights the need to manage natural resources more efficiently. Resource efficient blue growth, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and clear waters are areas that receive support.

Priority 3 “Sustainable transport”

Here projects covering themes such as interoperability, accessibility of remote areas, maritime safety, environmentally friendly shipping and urban mobility are supported.

Priority 4

offers funding to Seed Money projects of the EU Strategy. In addition it supports the coordination of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region the stakeholders of the Strategy: here assistance to the Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Leaders, organisation of Strategy Forums and other implementation tasks are co-financed.

Priority 1

Capacity for innovation

Priority 1 ‘Capacity for innovation’ is dedicated to actions strengthening the ability of the Baltic Sea Region to create and commercialise innovation. Thus, the Programme encourages experimentation with new approaches and solutions to be practically tested through pilot actions. Furthermore, the priority aims at increasing the capacity of the public sector as an innovation driver and enhancing innovation uptake by SMEs. Thematically, one focus of this priority lies on utilisation of the potentials of existing and planned research and innovation infrastructures. Additionally, the priority supports capacity-building for smart specialisation strategies and their implementation, e.g. through test and pilot activities. Lastly, the priority provides support for non-technological innovation.

Some of the projects within the priority are directly linked with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and are therefore marked as flagship projects of the Strategy: click here.

Within priority 1, the Programme wants to enhance market uptake of innovation based on improved capacity of research and innovation infrastructures and their users (specific objective 1.1), enhance growth opportunities based on increased capacity of innovation organisations to apply smart specialisation approach (specific objective 1.2) and to advance the Baltic Sea Region performance in non-technological innovation based on increased capacity of innovation organisations (specific objective 1.3).

Description of Priority 1 “Capacity for innovation” (extract from the Cooperation Programme) »

Priority 2

Efficient management of natural resources

Priority 2 ‘Efficient management of natural resources’ supports transnational cooperation enhancing capacity of public authorities and practitioners to ensure better environmental status of the Baltic Sea Region waters and to strengthen the resource-efficient growth. It will help in developing integrated approaches to reducing nutrient loads and decreasing discharges of hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea and the regional inland waters. Moreover, the Priority supports development and testing of governance and funding models as well as technological solutions for production and distribution of renewable energy and for improved energy efficiency. Lastly, it aims at strengthening sustainable and resource-efficient blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region.

Some of the projects within the priority are directly linked with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and are therefore marked as flagship projects of the Strategy:  click here.

Within priority 2, the Programme wants to increase efficiency of water management for reduced nutrient inflows and decreased discharges of hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea and the regional waters based on enhanced capacity of public and private organisations dealing with water quality issues (specific objective 2.1), increase production and use of sustainable renewable energy based on enhanced capacity of public and private organisations involved in energy planning and supply (specific objective 2.2) and to increase energy efficiency based on enhanced capacity of public and private organisations involved in energy planning (specific objective 2.3) and to advance sustainable and resource-efficient blue growth based on increased capacity of public authorities and practitioners within the blue economy sectors (specific objective 2.4).

Description of Priority 2 “Efficient management of natural resources” (extract from the Cooperation Programme) »

Priority 3

Sustainable transport

Priority 3 ‘Sustainable transport’ covers capacity building measures ensuring more sustainable transport solutions in the region. In particular, it aims to better connecting the secondary and tertiary nodes of transport corridors in the Baltic Sea region to core network corridors, in particular in terms of linking different transport modes. Furthermore, the priority aims to improve accessibility of distant areas that have accessibility deficits as well as areas affected by demographic changes to urban, administrative and economic centres. Due to the significance of maritime transport for the region the priority also focuses on the improvement of maritime safety and environmental-friendly shipping. Finally, the priority specifically focuses on urban areas of the Baltic Sea region with the aim of increasing environmentally friendly mobility in cities.

Some of the projects within the priority are directly linked with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and are therefore marked as flagship projects of the Strategy: click here.

Within priority 3, the Programme funds the projects that are building institutional capacity of public and private actors to increase interoperability in transporting goods and persons in north-south and east-west connections (specific objective 3.1), improve the accessibility of the most remote areas and regions whose accessibility is affected by demographic change (specific objective 3.2), increase maritime safety and security  (specific objective 3.3), enhance clean shipping (specific objective 3.4) and to enhance environmentally friendly transport systems in urban areas (specific objective 3.5).

Description of Priority 3 “Transport” (extract from the Cooperation Programme) »

Priority 4

Seed money

Seed Money is funding provided by Interreg Baltic Sea Region to support the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The Action Plan is structured around three objectives: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Furthermore, 13 policy areas and four horizontal actions define the main areas where the EUSBSR contributes to the development of the Baltic Sea region:

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme takes an active part in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR, the Strategy) and its Action Plan. It supports the Strategy implementation by, for example, co-financing flagship projects and providing Seed Money support for the preparation of future projects in line with the Action Plan of the Strategy.

Past experience in implementing the EUSBSR shows how challenging it is to mobilise funding sources as well as prepare and govern complex projects in an international environment. Those with project ideas often lack the time and financial resources needed to initiate projects with strategic impact. Seed Money support from Interreg Baltic Sea Region aims to address these challenges. It is included under the Programme priority 4 ‘Institutional capacity for macro-regional cooperation.’

Seed Money Chapter »

PAC contacts »

Ensuring cooperation

Coordination of the EU strategy
for the Baltic Sea Region

Strengthening the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and ensuring cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the Baltic Sea macro region is an important aim of the Programme. To this end, the Programme provides funding for specific, pre-defined purposes. Rules and regulations for projects in these fields differ from those applicable to regular projects in the Programme Manual.  Please find the specific rules and regulations in the Programme Manual for the coordination of macro-regional cooperation.

Support to EUSBSR PACs

Policy Area Coordinators (PACs) of the EUSBSR are institutions assigned by the Member States located in the macro region. Their task is to coordinate and enforce the implementation of the Strategy and the Strategy’s Action Plan, respectively. Their roles and aims within their thematic area are defined in the Action Plan of the EUSBSR. The latest version of the Action Plan in 2020/21 has mainstreamed Horizontal Actions Neighbours and Climate. Spatial Planning has been turned into a Policy Area. The Programme provides support to PACs in carrying out tasks related to their role as a coordinator/leader, e.g. to organise coordination meetings, involve different stakeholders in policy discussion, provide training sessions, or to carry out surveys.

Only designated PACs can apply for this type of funding which assumes the form of a project. The duration of the project and the maximum Programme co-financing are set in the call announcements. Different organisations designated for the same policy area have to apply jointly. Several organisations hosting related PACs can combine their efforts and submit a joint application. Applications can be submitted only during certain time slots, following a call for project proposals published on this website.

Targeted EUSBSR support and communication activities

Within the scope of this objective, the organisation of EUSBSR Strategy Forums as well as information and data gathering, data analysis, promotion of EUSBSR flagship project results or other related activities can be implemented, also in the form of projects. The specific focus of activities and requirements  as regards the partnership will be specified in individual project calls to be announced on this website. At least two partners from two different countries in the region have to cooperate. The applicants need to obtain support from the group of National Coordinators of the EUSBSR, expressed in a letter of support.

Depending on the focus of the call, the following types of institutions may be eligible to apply:

  • Policy Area Coordinators and, until 2020, Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EUSBSR;
  • international bodies as well as national ministries and agencies acting as coordinators between the priorities of the partner countries and the EUSBSR;
  • National Coordinators of the EUSBSR;
  • other national, regional and local public authorities/institutions;
  • research institutions;
  • intergovernmental organisations (e.g. HELCOM, VASAB);
  • NGOs.
Ensuring cooperation

Coordination of the EU strategy
for the Baltic Sea Region

Strengthening the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and ensuring cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the Baltic Sea macro region is an important aim of the Programme. To this end, the Programme provides funding for specific, pre-defined purposes. Rules and regulations for projects in these fields differ from those applicable to regular projects in the Programme Manual.  Please find the specific rules and regulations in the Programme Manual for the coordination of macro-regional cooperation.

Support to EUSBSR PACs

Policy Area Coordinators (PACs) of the EUSBSR are institutions assigned by the Member States located in the macro region. Their task is to coordinate and enforce the implementation of the Strategy and the Strategy’s Action Plan, respectively. Their roles and aims within their thematic area are defined in the Action Plan of the EUSBSR. The latest version of the Action Plan in 2020/21 has mainstreamed Horizontal Actions Neighbours and Climate. Spatial Planning has been turned into a Policy Area. The Programme provides support to PACs in carrying out tasks related to their role as a coordinator/leader, e.g. to organise coordination meetings, involve different stakeholders in policy discussion, provide training sessions, or to carry out surveys.

Only designated PACs can apply for this type of funding which assumes the form of a project. The duration of the project and the maximum Programme co-financing are set in the call announcements. Different organisations designated for the same policy area have to apply jointly. Several organisations hosting related PACs can combine their efforts and submit a joint application. Applications can be submitted only during certain time slots, following a call for project proposals published on this website.

Targeted EUSBSR support and communication activities

Within the scope of this objective, the organisation of EUSBSR Strategy Forums as well as information and data gathering, data analysis, promotion of EUSBSR flagship project results or other related activities can be implemented, also in the form of projects. The specific focus of activities and requirements  as regards the partnership will be specified in individual project calls to be announced on this website. At least two partners from two different countries in the region have to cooperate. The applicants need to obtain support from the group of National Coordinators of the EUSBSR, expressed in a letter of support.

Depending on the focus of the call, the following types of institutions may be eligible to apply:

  • Policy Area Coordinators and, until 2020, Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EUSBSR;
  • international bodies as well as national ministries and agencies acting as coordinators between the priorities of the partner countries and the EUSBSR;
  • National Coordinators of the EUSBSR;
  • other national, regional and local public authorities/institutions;
  • research institutions;
  • intergovernmental organisations (e.g. HELCOM, VASAB);
  • NGOs.