Running projects: 22
Finalised projects: 68
EUR committed: 215.0 mln
EUR paid out: 143,2 mln
Decision made: 1st call open from 25 February to 30 May
More 35 decision makers from eleven countries came to Rostock on 14-15 February. They launched 236 million Euros of European Union's funding for transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. This was the major decision that the Monitoring Committee for the new Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 took at its first meeting.
Chaired by Denmark in 2008, the Monitoring Committee further decided about opening the first call for project applicationso on 25 February. The call will be closed on 30 May. More than 80 applications are expected during the 1st call. The call will be opened for all four priorities. Interested applicants will be supported by the programme's Joint Technical Secretariat located in Rostock and its branch office at Riga, Latvia. The Lead applicant seminars together with individual consultations will be held on 2-4 April in Hamburg and 9-11 April in Riga. Registration will be opened at the end of February on eu.baltic.net.
The Monitoring Committee also approved Programme Manual, Application form, and project selection criteria, which are practical tools for project applicants of the programme. These documents will be included in the Applicant pack, which will be published at eu.baltic.net on 25th of February.
The approval of project applications submitted during the 1st call will be taken by the Monitoring Committee at the meeting planned for 23-24 of October in Copenhagen.
The Baltic Sea Region Programme promotes regional development through transnational cooperation and is effective financing tool of 236 million Euros for co-operation in the Baltic Sea region. Projects will a) foster innovations, b) improve accessibility, c) manage environmental resources and d) strengthen cities and regions. The partners will come mainly form the public sector (regional and local administrations, universities, NGO´s etc.).
Impressions from the MC meeting:
Mr Roland Methling, Major of Rostock:
"The City of Rostock is an international city working together with the European Union, for instance, by cooperating in the framework of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. Rostock is also happy to host the Joint Technical Secretariat for already 10 years. "
Dr Klaus Rave, the Board Member of Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein:
"For the future in the Baltic Sea area cooperation and concentration are essential. The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 is unique in the EU and projects are our best examples of how well-coordinated are the public institutions around the Baltic Sea."