Monitoring Committee met in Turku
02 Oct 2017

On 5 October, Interreg Baltic Sea Region launches the third call for proposals in innovation, natural resources and sustainable transport as well as a call for a new instrument, the project platforms. These are the main decisions of the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region which met from 27-28 September in Turku, Finland.

The Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region at its 7th meeting on 27-28 September 2017 in Turku (copyright: IB.SH/Maack).
A view on people in business dress placed in a u-shaped seating arrangement | The Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region at its 7th meeting on 27-28 September 2017 in Turku (copyright: IB.SH/Maack).

Two calls approved

Project developers from all participating Baltic Sea region countries including Russia are invited to participate in the third call for applications. Ideas for fostering innovation, making better use of natural resources and enhance sustainable transport are welcome. The call is to be launched on 5 October 2017. On the same day, a call for proposals for a new type of project, the platform project, is published. In a platform project, at least three partners from three different EU funded projects with related topics can cooperate to capitalise on project results. Details about the application process and the contents funded are published on with the launch of the calls.

Projects present progress

Several project representatives were invited to presentprogress of their projects which started in spring 2016. Johanna Leino from the Baltic Institute of Finland presented the BSR S3 Stars project which wants to enhance innovation in the bio- and circular economy. 

Improving waste water management practice around the Baltic Sea is on the agenda of the IWAMA project presented by Björn Grönholm from the Union of Baltic Cities. The project has launched a series of webinars for operators of such plants to help them improve their energy and sludge managements and in the long run turn waste water treatment into a profitable business. 

Marriika Whiteman and Kirsi Laito from the University of Turku informed the Monitoring Committee about recent activities in HAZARD and ChemSAR. The ChemSAR project partners are currently testing jointly drafted international standard operational procedures for accidents at sea. With these procedures fire brigades and border guards from different countries can operate together in case of oil spills or other accidents involving hazardous substances to protect human life and environment.

Programme Manual updated

The Monitoring Committee approved a new version of the Programme Manual with updated information about project platforms and other changes of technical nature. It is published togetehr with the calls for projects.