19.12.2014 Interreg Baltic Sea Region approved by COM
02.12.2014 1st call for applications is open
Running projects: 2
Finalised projects: 88
Finalised & paid projects: 54
EUR committed: 215.0 mln
EUR paid out: 165.2 mln
Three more project clusters starting up
Following the encouraging launch of the cluster "Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources", further three project clusters are to start-up. Projects involved in the cluster "Fighting pollution of the Baltic Sea waters" will meet on 15 November, "Multimodal cross-border transport corridors" on 17 November and "Tools supporting SMEs as innovation sources" on 22 November in Berlin.
Around 50 representatives from 27 projects came to Berlin on 21 October and discussed their interest in cluster initiatives. The aim was to identify joint topics for cooperation among the projects in each of the three cluster themes. In the three parallel workshop sessions (for each cluster topic) projects discussed their products/outputs and looked for possibility of their join promotion. Partners started also defining the potential outputs for the cluster and will continue during the follow-up workshops in November.
The following projects are invited to join efforts in the clusters:
- "Multimodal cross-border transport corridors" - SCANDRIA, TransBaltic, EWTC II, RBGC, NECL II, Baltic.AirCargo.Net, BSR InnoShip, CleanShip, Baltic Bird, BGLC, ACL, EfficienSea.
- "Fighting pollution of the Baltic Sea waters" - WATERPRAXIS, COHIBA, PURE, SMOCS, Baltic COMPASS, BERAS IMPLEMENTATION, Baltic Deal, Baltic Manure.
- "Tools supporting SMEs as innovation sources" - BalticSupply, BaSIC, BONITA, BSHRHealthPort, BSR InnoReg, BSR QUICK, IBI Net, JOSEFIN, SPIN, StarDust.
The topic of "Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources" was selected for testing the concept of cluster initiatives. The cluster will have its official kick-off event on 10 November. The Ms Maria Ilona Kiefel, Longlife project, as a representative of the energy cluster, shared her experience and advice with the future cluster leaders and partners:
- Making sure that the contributions coming from project partners represent the whole project and not only opinion of the single partner is a difficult task.
- Well prepared work plan is essential having different durations of the projects. A lot of effort has to be put to catch outcomes of the projects finalising soon.
- Clusters could consider which networks already exist in the field and utilise their potential.
- A broad approach to cooperation brings benefits, e.g. inviting projects from cross-border programmes to participate as associated organisations. This is rare occasion when one can learn from each other.
- One can go even further and establish links between the clusters e.g. transport and energy.
The Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme will support each cluster with approx. 100.000 EUR for the activities that will last 12 months.
Snapshots from the workshop on 21 October in Berlin