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Third call coming up

The summer season has come to an end, and the Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat has already rigged up the third call for applications in innovation, natural resource management and sustainable transport. The final decision to launch the call is to be taken at the next Monitoring Committee meeting on 27-28 September in Turku. 

Our applicants should pay attention to the switch from a two-step to a one-step application and its implications for their project development planning. The new project library is also worth paying attention to as it shows what the ongoing projects are doing and may help to fine tune the application. The team is ready to support people with good ideas, be it at the upcoming information event or in a personal consultation. This call for applications is the first one in many years that the Programme runs without the contribution of Harry Ekestam who retired this summer. Being one of the longest active and most liked Monitoring Committee members, he shared with us some memories and thoughts about Interreg.   

Our projects are well on their way. Read about progress of EnviSum and the Baltic Fracture Competence Center (BFCC). The ScienceLink project (2012-2014) was selected as a finalist of DG REGIO’s RegioStars Awards, which honours Europe's most inspiring regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds. The RegioStars Awards winners will be announced at the European Week of Regions and Cities from 9-12 October in Brussels. You can bring in your opinion and select your favourite project in the public choice award at www.regiostars.eu.

We are looking forward to an exciting autumn season with you, our colleagues, partners and supporters.

Eeva Rantama, Team Leader Project Unit, Interreg Baltic Sea Region MA/JS

Apply now: third call for applications is open!

Interreg Baltic Sea Region opens the third call for project applications in three thematic fields: capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport. In this way, the Programme intends to financially support transnational projects contributing to the development of a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region.

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Ecodesign on wheels - inspiring stories to reconsider design

Circular economy and ecodesign are all about smart, innovative and sustainable design solutions with minimal or no waste when a product is consumed. An exhibition set up jointly by design centres from around the Baltic Sea and the German Environment Agency showcases successful examples for ecodesign in order to inspire other designers and consumers. With this exhibition, the Interreg project EcoDesign Circle fosters European integration as a prerequisite for a more competitive Europe.

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New skills for social workers in Lithuania and beyond

Many rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region find themselves in a downward spiral, where outward migration and the recent economic downturn are leading to a deterioration of social service infrastructure and quality of life. Social empowerment in rural areas (SEMPRE) – a project funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region - is getting ready to improve social services.

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Transforming food systems – Baltic Sea region experience goes global

BERAS has initiated change towards an ecological recycling agriculture and society in many regions in Europe. Launched as an Interreg project in 2003, the experience gathered in transforming food systems was now picked up by the United Nations.

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Get a consultation for your project idea

As soon as in October, Interreg Baltic Sea Region provides another opportunity for the applicants from around the Baltic Sea and beyond to team up in transnational projects and apply for Programme co-funding. The application procedure of the third call slightly differ from previous calls. One main difference is that each lead applicant must get at least one consultation as a precondition for getting access to the online application system. The Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat encourages applicants to book their consultation date now.

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An impetus for aquaculture in the Baltic Sea Region

Contrary to global trends, aquaculture production around the Baltic Sea area has even declined during the last decade – despite a shortfall of global seafood supply. A noticeable impulse to reverse this trend without putting additional pressure on the environment of the Baltic Sea was given by the Aquabest project. The project proposed options to balance economical development with environmental considerations.

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Power to the people

The Co2mmunity project wants to bring forward renewable community energy. The project coordinator at Kiel University explains what this is all about. Co2mmunity is one out of 39 cooperation projects which are starting their work for a more innovative, more sustainable and better accessible Baltic Sea region in autumn 2017.

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