All Programme thematic priorities covered
Out of 71 submitted applications in the second application step, 39 projects drew attention of the Monitoring Committee and were selected for funding in the framework of Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020. All projects fit into the three Programme thematic priorities with 18 projects dealing with innovation, 12 with the management of natural resources and 9 with sustainable transport.
The thematic coverage is balanced as all Programme topics have been addressed. The highest number of projects were selected in the thematic objectives “non-technological innovation” (nine projects), “clear waters” (four projects), “energy efficiency” (four projects), and “urban mobility” (four projects).
Funding left for new project ideas
As much as EUR 91.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Norwegian national fund and European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)/Russian national funds have been allocated to the second call projects (see diagram below). Quite some ERDF funding is left to develop new project ideas in innovation (EUR 23 million), natural resources (EUR 19 million) and sustainable transport (EUR 16 million). For partner organisations from Norway and Russia considerable funding is left as well, namely EUR 2.6 million for Norwegians and EUR 5 million for Russians, respectively.
Variety of partners involved in transnational projects
More than 500 partners from all countries in the Programme area and one country beyond will work together in transnational projects for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region. The partners come from various public and private institutions, with higher education and research institutions having the highest representation.