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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

Information seminar in Riga: prepare yourself for third call for applications

Interreg Baltic Sea Region invites potential applicants to attend an information seminar on 18-19 October 2017 in Riga, Latvia, dedicated to the upcoming third call for project applications.

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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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Explore Interreg Baltic Sea Region - the project library

What is happening with the funds of Interreg Baltic Sea Region? A new project library is now available to give you a picture of the projects being funded. Applicants, decision makers and anyone else interested in the Programme can search for projects in their regions and fields of interest. The library is more than facts and figures: videos, social media streams and stories about work in the projects provide vivid impressions of what is going on in the projects.

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Science Link in the finals of RegioStars!

Science Link, a project co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, has been announced as one of the finalist of the 2017 edition of the RegioStars Awards which honours Europe's most inspiring and innovating regional projects, supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds.

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EnviSuM study in Gothenburg proves sulphur emissions reduced by 70%

The Sniffer is a measuring station located at the entrance to the port of Gothenburg, the partners of the EnviSuM project use to remotely measure emissions of ships passing by. Following the introduction of the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) regulations, a recent study by EnviSuM revealed that the port of Gothenburg experienced a major reduction in sulphur emissions by 70 % in only a year.

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Mission to heal

Bone fractures are among the top ten reasons for people to spend time in a hospital across the Baltic Sea region. Bone fractures and health disorders linked to them will occur more frequently because of our ageing society. Implants can break. Fractures can get infected. And some fractures even never heal. The Baltic Fracture Competence Centre enables companies to develop new and better products. And it helps hospitals to identify best clinical practise so that patients stay in hospital shorter, get longer lasting implants and suffer from fewer complications. Partners from the medical industry, hospitals, research and treatment set up a transnational bone fracture registry as a basis for identifying clinical needs.

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"The future of Interreg is bright": interview with Harry Ekestam

He knows everything about Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Harry Ekestam, a member of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region’s Monitoring Committee from its beginning, a strong supporter of transnational cooperation and one of founding fathers of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. He admits he has never had enough of transnational cooperation. Now, as he is retiring, he is sharing his thoughts on the past and future of the Programme.

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