Running projects: 22
Finalised projects: 68
EUR committed: 215.0 mln
EUR paid out: 143,2 mln
Baltic Sea Region Programme’s projects well represented at the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy
The "Project and Networking Village" was one of the major attractions at the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, at Gdansk, on 24-26 October 2011. About 30 projects representing flagships of part of flagships of the EU Strategy displayed their activities at the project exhibition. 22 of them are co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme. The Programme has thus made a major contribution to put the Strategy's flagship projects on track. About half of the Programme's available funding (including about 107 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund) has been allocated to support the implementation of the Strategy. It also shows that a well working transnational financing instrument is needed to get a macro-regional strategy started up.
Also Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy was interested to see what is actually happening in the real world of project activities. Susanne Scherrer, director of the Managing Authority and the Joint Technical Secretariat walked him through the Networking Village and introduced him some of the project representatives. Sindre Langaas, representing the project BalticDeal explained what farmers can do to reduce the nutrient losses from farms but also that well established farmers associations in all countries are the prerequisite for taking effective corporate actions. Further on, Commissioner Hahn asked details about the use of LNG to reduce ship emissions from Tapani Stipa (BSR InnoShip). Also transport corridor projects (including TransBaltic, Scandria and Rail Baltica Growth Corridor) were interviewed about their contributions to the green transport concept. On the next day, Eeva Rantama, Project Team Leader of the Joint Technical Secretariat, guided DG Regio's Director General Dirk Ahner through the Networking Village. Director Ahner was particularly interested in the dissemination of project results. He also asked several project leaders what will happen after the co-financing from the Baltic Sea Region Programme will have ended?
This year's Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Baltic Development Forum and the Polish EU Presidency. For more reports and pictures please go to: http://www.bsr2011.eu.
From right: Ms Susanne Scherrer (Baltic Sea Region Programme), Mr Johannes Hahn (European Commissioner for Regional Policy) Mr Tapani Stipa and Mr Esa Kokkonen (BSR InnoShip). Photo by Minna Hanhijärvi