First Interreg call for the Baltic Sea Region closed
04 Feb 2015

282 concept notes received for the first call for projects. Interreg Baltic Sea Region was approved by the European Commission only seven weeks ago.

All funding priorities covered – all Programme countries involved

The freshly launched Interreg Baltic Sea Region proves to be more than popular. Altogether 282 concept notes were submitted. They cover all themes of the Programme priorities “innovation” (130 concept notes), “natural resources” (96) and “sustainable transport” (56). The majority of concept notes were submitted by project lead applicants from Finland (56), Germany (51) and Poland (42). Organisations from all Programme countries participate in project applications.

Start of Interreg Baltic Sea Region created vivid interest

The Programme had pro-actively promoted the call since September 2014. The Monitoring Committee members and the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) had organised information events in almost all Programme countries across the Baltic Sea Region. More than 850 potential applicants had discussed and developed project ideas in an online forum on LinkedIn. The MA/JS consulted some 180 project ideas in personal and online meetings and in written.

Assessment started  

The Programme is now finalising the first step of the two-step application procedure. Throughout the next weeks, the MA/JS will thoroughly assess all concept notes. The Monitoring Committee will decide at the end of April which concept notes will be invited for further development into full applications. The call for the second step will close in July. Smaller changes in the project partnerships will be allowed during the second step. The next call for concept notes is planned to be launched in late 2015/early 2016.