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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

Communicate your project, communicate your European experience

“Communication matters, so you matter” – with these words Susanne Scherrer, Director of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) addressed 60 communication managers at the recent communication seminar. She highlighted their important role in showing the true European value of transnational cooperation in Interreg projects. How to communicate Interreg and reach out to the right target groups, how to communicate Interreg within the projects and throughout successful events were the overarching themes for the seminar.


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114 applications submitted to further boost cooperation in the region

Interreg Baltic Sea Region closed its third call for applications after having received 114 full-fledged project applications. The applications bring in a variety of new ideas on how transnational cooperation can make the Baltic Sea Region more innovative, better accessible and sustainable. They cover the Programme’s main thematic priorities and include an overarching goal for the projects to contribute to, which is increasing institutional capacity of public authorities at all levels of governance.

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Strengthening cooperation: nine proposals for project platforms submitted

Partner organisations from projects of Interreg Baltic Sea Region and other EU funding programmes developed nine platform proposals together with coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The aim of future platforms is to capitalise knowledge and strengthen communication of project achievements in the topics important for the region. The funding decision is taken by the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region on 6 June 2018.

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Explore Interreg Baltic Sea Region online in the project library

Do you want to know what a certain Interreg Baltic Sea Region project is all about? Are you looking for a speaker for your conference on blue growth, renewable energy or sustainable shipping? Do you need to find out who in your region is working in Interreg? Information about all ongoing projects in Interreg Baltic Sea Region are available in the project library.

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Helping spatial planners see the cultural heritage of the sea

The Interreg project BalticRIM integrates maritime cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea into maritime spatial plans to safeguard it for the future. Matthias Maluck from the State Archaeological Department of Schleswig-Holstein explains what maritime cultural heritage is and why and how it should be preserved. BalticRIM frames cultural heritage of individual countries in a transnational perspective and thus delivers territorial cohesion.

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Think local, act global with Interreg! (Video)

Along with introducing strict EU environmental regulations to counteract air pollution in harbour cities, the maritime and transport industries in the Baltic Sea region turn towards alternative fuel and energy sources to reduce harmful emissions. The Interreg project Go LNG explores the demand and accessibility of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as one of alternative fuels that leads to cleaner shipping.

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Mid-term evaluation kicks off: procurement outcome and what to expect

All Interreg programmes are assessed at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the programme period to see if programme funds are spent meaningfully. Interreg Baltic Sea Region has now selected an external evaluator for its mid-term evaluation.


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