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Six new projects approved by the Monitoring Committee – five of them linked to flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
The projects QUICK-IGA, Technet_nano, SCIENCE LINK, Baltic GPP, PrimCare IT and Baltic Landscape will start this autumn. The Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme decided to grant support to six new cooperation projects at its meeting in Berlin on 27-28 September. The already ongoing project Bioenergy Promotion was granted additional 1.1 million EUR to implement additional activities in the framework of the “extension stage” instrument. Altogether, the projects approved now involve 103 project partners and will receive 11.9 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Click here for table with figures per project.
Out of the six selected projects, Baltic GPP has been awarded the status of a “Strategic Project of the Baltic Sea Region Programme”. Good news also for promoters of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region: several projects (QUICK-IGA, SCIENCE LINK, Baltic GPP, PrimCare IT, Baltic Landscape and Bioenergy Promotion 2) are parts of flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Several projects applied also for funds from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). QUICK-IGA, PrimCare IT and Baltic Landscape will be supported with ENPI funds for their Belarusian partners.
After this decision round there are no funds left in priorities 1 (fostering innovations), 2 (internal and external accessibility) and 3 (Baltic Sea as a common resource). There are limited funds (circa 4.4 million EUR) left in priority 4 (attractive and competitive cities and regions). The Monitoring Committee will decide how to spend remaining funds by the end of the year.
Yet there are no ENPI funds left. The ENPI budget allocated to the Baltic Sea Region Programme was reduced by the European Commission earlier this year as only Belarusian partners qualified for receiving ENPI funds but not Russians. Consequently, programme authorities will need to re-submit the programme budget tables for approval to the European Commission. In addition, the financing agreement between the European Commission and Belarus has to be amended as well. At this point it is not clear when ENPI funds will be released to projects approved at this fourth application call in 2011.
The selected projects illustrate the wide thematic range of the cooperation that is part-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme:
|QUICK: Innovative SMEs by Gender and Age (QUICK-IGA) will boost the innovation capacity of SMEs and provide an innovation fostering environment. The project intends to increase the participation of women and older people in innovation.|
|Transnational network of public clean rooms and research in nanotechnology making accessible innovation resources and services to SMEs in the BSR (Technet_nano) focuses on promoting the innovation potentials of micro- and nanotechnology to SMEs and R&D institutions and improving the access to these innovation resources across the BSR.|
|Network between world-leading Cluster of large-scale Research Infrastructure of Photon and Neutron Sources and Users fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SCIENCE LINK) will establish contact and consultation points in the Baltic Sea Region to inform SMEs about opportunities offered by existing, planned or implemented large-scale research infrastructure.|
|Green Public Procurement capacity building and implementation in the Baltic Sea Region (Baltic GPP) will establish a wide capacity building programme on Green Public Procurement within Core Procurement Institutions across the Baltic Sea Region. The programme will be based on commonly applied training materials and purchasing actions of major public procurement organisations in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany.|
|Counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals in remote primary health care through tele-consultation and tele-mentoring to strengthen social conditions in remote BSR (PrimCare IT). The project will raise the attractiveness of remote primary health care for medical professionals by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring. Jointly developed tele-consultation and tele-mentoring solutions will be implemented in pilot sites in FI, SE, LT, EE, LV, and BY.|
|Baltic Landscape in change – innovative approaches towards sustainable forested landscapes (Baltic Landscape) will foster good governance in forested landscapes. It will develop new approaches to integrated landscape planning and management. A network of Baltic Landscape sites will be established to function as a platform for cooperative solving of landscape problems.|
|Bioenergy Promotion 2 – from strategies to activities will assist regions in implementing their bioenergy strategies and establish links to public and private utility companies. Project partners will also feed the project results into political processes on a macro-regional and transnational level and into development of Structural Funds operational programmes.|
58 project applications had been submitted in the fourth call to the Baltic Sea Region Programme’s Joint Technical Secretariat at Rostock and Riga by the end of March 2011. Eight projects were approved already in June 2011. Altogether the 4th call results in 14 new projects. The applicants had to demonstrate their potential to contribute to the development of the whole Baltic Sea region. The Programme’s Monitoring Committee including national and regional representatives from all eleven participating countries selects the best project proposals. In 2011 the Monitoring Committee is chaired by Germany (Mr Bernd Kloke, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology).
|Programme in figures
Number of calls launched: 4
Number of projects: 80
Number of project partners: 1300
Total available programme budget (2007-2013): 222,8 million EUR
Funds committed to projects to date: 98%
Polish delegation to the Monitoring Committee: (left) Ms Dorota Trapczynska, Ms Magdalena Jasinska, Ministry of Regional Development, and Ms Klaudia Koćmiel, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship
Mr Vicente Rodríguez Sáez, Deputy Head of Unit Unit E.1, DG Regional Policy, European Commission, updating the MC on the preparation of future programme period 2014-2020
Ms Karin Nygård Skalman, Vinnova, presenting StarDust project to the Monitoring Committee