Equal distribution among funding priorities – few thematic gaps
The three funding priorities of the Programme are almost equally well covered with twelve projects dealing with innovation, thirteen with natural resources and ten with transport. When looking into the topics in more detail, “clear water” (seven projects), “non-technological innovation” (five projects) and “interoperability” (five projects) are the most popular themes. On the other end of the scale, the themes “accessibility of rural areas and demographic change”, “urban mobility” (zero projects) and “energy efficiency” (one project) are not covered well yet (see diagram below).
More than one third of available funds allocated
With respect to funds, 38 % of the funds available from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Norwegian national funding are now allocated to projects, namely EUR 91.9 million out of EUR 240.3 million (see diagram below). The highest share of allocated funds can be found in priority 2 (Natural resources): Almost half of the available ERDF funds were allocated within the first call, i.e. EUR 38.9 million out of EUR 84.4 million.
A broad range of project partners involved
The Programme furthermore succeeded in attracting project partners from all countries in the Programme area and across a wide range of organisations. More than 500 partners will work together to bring forward change and make the Baltic Sea Region more innovative, more sustainable and better connected (see diagram below). More statistics are available for download.