This week, representatives of eleven countries around the Baltic Sea will meet in Kiel, Germany to establish the Monitoring Committee (MC) of Interreg Baltic Sea Region. In 2015, Sweden will chair the MC. At its first meeting, the Monitoring Committee will approve its rules of procedure. Thus the Programme will legally be able to select projects. The Programme was approved by the European Commission in December 2014. The meeting will take place on 26 and 27 February.
The Monitoring Committee
The Monitoring Committee (MC) is the decision making body of Interreg-Programmes. It discusses and approves all Programme documents and selects projects for funding. Each EU country in the Programme area and Norway as well as Russia and Belarus sends up to three delegates to the MC. The Russian and Belarusian delegations will have an observer status until the Financing Agreements, as pre-requisites for full participation in the Programme, will have been signed. Representatives of the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat as well as the European Commission participate in the Monitoring Committee as advisors. The Monitoring Committee meets two to three times per year.
The Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat
The Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) are the management bodies of Interreg-Baltic Sea Region and assist the Monitoring Committee and implement its decisions. The MA/JS draft the Programme documents, prepare and publish project calls, provide support to project applicants, carry out technical and content assessments of projects and monitor approved projects. Interreg Baltic Sea Region’s MA/JS is hosted by Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB.SH), located in Kiel/Germany. The MA/JS offices are located in Rostock/Germany and Riga/Latvia. IB.SH is a public development bank owned by the German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Since 1997, IB.SH has managed the European Interreg Programmes for the Baltic Sea Region. In 2015, Interreg celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Find more information about the Programme Structure here.
Find the list of Monitoring Committee Members here.