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. For projects in these fields, rules and regulations differ from 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 & HACs
Policy Area Coordinators (PACs) and Horizontal Action Coordinators (HACs) 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 Programme provides support to PACs and HACs in carrying out tasks related to their role as a coordinator/leader, e.g. to organise coordination meetings, to involve different stakeholders in policy discussion, to provide training sessions, or to carry out surveys.
Only designated PACs and HACs can apply for this type of funding. They apply in the form of a project. Duration of the project and the maximum Programme co-financing are set in the call announcements. Different organisations designated for the same policy area or horizontal action have to apply jointly. Several organisations hosting related PACs/HACs 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 Contact Points 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 and 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 Contact Points of the EUSBSR;
- other national, regional and local public authorities/institutions;
- research institutions;
- intergovernmental organisations (e.g. HELCOM, VASAB);
In addition to the 35 thematic projects, the Programme has approved funding for several policy area and horizontal action coordinators (earlier referred to as horizontal action leaders) and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Forum 2016 under priority 4:
List of funded operations, priority 4.2 (as of September 2016)