Funding available for Russian participation in joint projects
27 Sep 2016

The Russian Federation has made some EUR 4 million available to finance the participation of Russian organisations in the current second call for applications of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. The Russian Minister of Economic Development, Mr Alexey Ulyukaev, signed a respective declaration that will be co-signed by Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein as Managing Authority of the Programme.

From autumn 2016 on, Russian partners can join Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects (© PantherMedia Stock Agency / Sergey Borisov).
Church of the Saviour, St. Petersburg, Russia, against a blue sky with some autumn leaves framing the image on the right.

At the same time, negotiations on EU financing for Russian organisations are still ongoing. The European Commission will propose a draft text for the respective Financing Agreement to the Russian Federation that will be based on respective cross-border agreements. 

Ideally, Russian national funds and EU funds will be combined. If the Financing Agreement comes late for the current call, project partners can count on Russian national funding administered by the Managing Authority. As a principle, the present Programme rules will apply including a financing rate of 85 % from the Programme. Advance payments to Russian partners will be possible. 

Those lead partners who have Russian organisations in their partnership and would like to involve them as partners should read the guidance (as of September 2016). Those interested in getting in touch with Russian partners or Russian partners interested in getting involved in projects under development, should contact Irina Karelina (, Secretary General of the Russian National Sub-Committee (

In addition, applicants are warmly welcome to attend XV Annual Strategic Planning Leaders Forum of the Regions and Cities of Russia which will take place on the 24-25 of October 2016 in Saint-Petersburg. A round table “Strategic Partnership and Russia - EU Cooperation Instruments in the Baltic Sea Region” will bring forward the discussion on cooperation of Russian regions with European partners in the Baltic Sea Region. More information at You may contact Maria Belova, International Programme Secretary of the Forum ( for further assistance.  

The Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat provides more information in the section How to apply and at the upcoming project development seminars in October.

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