The Programme Manual gives applicants practical guidance on project development, application and implementation. It defines the main principles as well as the rules and regulations that need to be followed in budgeting, reporting and auditing.
This specific Programme Manual sets out the requirements for applicants and specifies rules for project implementation targeting specific objective 4.2 “Coordination of macro-regional cooperation”.
The Cooperation Programme explains the strategy, the cooperation priorities as well as the administrative and financial set-up of the Programme. In particular, it provides a detailed description of the 14 specific objectives, including examples of actions, main target groups and an indicator system to measure the success of the Programme. It is the foundation of the work of the Programme’s managing bodies and the legal framework of the Programme.
Regulations for 2014-2020 period
Regulations related to the 2014-2020 period were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (Eur-Lex). You will find links to the regulations at the website of the DG Regional Policy at ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/information/legislation/index_en.cfm.
Based on the approved Cooperation Programme the participating countries have agreed on a joint programme management structure.
To stipulate its set-up the countries signed the Agreement on Management, Financial and Control Systems and for Russian participation the Financing Agreement has been signed with the European Union and Germany. The different Agreements can be found here.
The Communication Strategy describes how the transnational cooperation Programme Interreg Baltic Sea Region will approach communication during the EU funding period 2014 to 2020.
Interreg in general, and the project achievements in particular need to be communicated in a consistent manner. This document will assist the Monitoring Committee (MC), the Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) and, specifically, the project owners in taking a coherent approach towards communication.
Each programme submits to the European Commission an annual report on its implementation in the previous financial year.
Annual implementation reports set out key information on implementation of the programme and its priorities by reference to financial data, common and programme-specific indicators and quantified target values. The reports also set out a synthesis of the findings of all evaluations of the programme that have become available during the previous financial year, any issues which affect the performance of the programme, and the measures taken.
In certain years, the reports include information on achieving the objectives of the programme and its contribution to achieving the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Single annual implementation reports can be found here.
In 2018, external experts evaluated the impact of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme at mid-term point of the funding period.
The purpose of undertaking the mid-term impact evaluation was to demonstrate the impact of the Programme and its progress and contribution to achieving its objectives.
After extensive surveys and interviews with various stakeholders, including project partners, field experts and co-ordinators of the EUSBSR, the external evaluator Spatial Foresight found, among other conclusions, that 97% of project partners believe they benefit as an organisation from their Interreg Baltic Sea Region project.”
More details on the mid-term evaluation and its results can be found here.
Evaluation: Analysis of projects in 2007-2013 and setting baselines and targets for the indicators 2014-2020
This strategic evaluation involves an analysis of the project portfolio with regard to achieved results and produced outputs (projects funded 2007-2014) as well as setting baselines for the qualitative indicators for the 2014-2020 period.
For the analysis of the project portfolio a particular focus has been put on the analysis whether the achieved results were sustainable and of added value, on the durability of outputs, and finally on the involvement of end-users by the respective projects building mainly on qualitative elements. As for the indicators, the main focus has been to develop a methodology for assessing the development of the institutional capacity in the BSR at different points in time through the development of baselines and targets for different dimensions of institutional capacity-building.