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Highlights 1 Six new projects approved by the Monitoring Committee 1 Joint ETC conference a successful start for future cooperation Six new projects approved by the Monitoring Committee EU Strategy for
Highlights 1 Six new projects approved by the Monitoring Committee 1 Joint ETC conference a successful start for future cooperation Six new projects approved by the Monitoring Committee EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region re-enforced The projects QUICK-IGA, Technet_nano, SCIENCE LINK, Baltic GPP, PrimCare IT and Baltic Landscape got green light from the Monitoring Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme. The Committee decided to grant support to six new cooperation projects at its meeting in Berlin on September. The already on-going project Bioenergy Promotion was granted further 1.1 million EUR to implement additional activities in the framework of the extension stage instrument. Altogether, the projects approved now involve 103 project partners and will receive 11.9 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and New projects: Priority Area of support Project acronym around 240 thousand EUR from Norway. Out of the six selected projects, Baltic GPP has been awarded the status of a Strategic Project of the Baltic Sea Region Programme. Good news also for promoters of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region: five new projects (QUICK-IGA, SCIENCE LINK, Baltic GPP, PrimCare IT, Baltic Landscape) as well as Bioenergy Promotion 2 are parts of flagship projects of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Sea Region Programme has thus turned out to be the most important funding source for boosting the implementation of flagship projects identified by the EU Strategy. ERDF co-financing Norway co-financing Approximate total budget QUICK-IGA 1,167,250 10,000 1,505,000 DE 13 Yes Delegation from Denmark: (left) Niels Bjerring Hansen (Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority), Michael Koch-Larsen (Danish Regions) and Flemming Monberg Mouritsen (The Danish Ministry of Environment) Lead Partner Technet_nano 2,079,438-2,662,382 DK SCIENCE LINK 2,800,075-3,632,433 DE 14 Yes Baltic GPP 851, ,865 1,477,611 SE 11 Yes Yes PrimCare IT 1,820,697-2,312,110 FI 16 Yes Baltic Landscape 2,116,256 22,228 3,228,119 SE 15 Yes Bioenergy Promotion 2 1,092,904 38,450 1,465,390 DE 15 Yes TOTAL: 7 projects 11,928, ,543 16,283, No. Of partners Strategic project Linked to EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region 1 Several projects applied also for funds from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). QUICK-IGA, PrimCare IT and Baltic Landscape will be supported with ENPI funds for their Belarusian partners. Subsequently, there are no ENPI funds left. At this point it is also not clear when ENPI funds will be released to projects approved at this fourth application call in The ENPI budget allocated to the Baltic Sea Region Programme was reduced by the European Commission earlier this year as only Belarusian partners qualified for receiving ENPI funds, but not Russians. As a result, programme authorities will need to re-submit the programme budget tables for approval to the European Commission. In addition, the financing agreement between the European Commission and Belarus has to be amended as well. Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 The programme will launch three more projects clusters Fighting pollution of the Baltic Sea waters, Multimodal crossborder transport corridors and Tools supporting SMEs as innovation sources. The projects participating in the clusters will meet for a workshop in Berlin on 21 October. The first pilot cluster on Energy efficiency and renewable energies is well under way. Altogether 38 projects will actively take part in the four clusters. The selected projects illustrate the wide thematic range of the cooperation that is part-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme: QUICK: Innovative SMEs by Gender and Age (QUICK- IGA) will boost the innovation capacity of SMEs and provide an innovation fostering environment. The project intends to increase the participation of women and older people in innovation. Transnational network of public clean rooms and research in nanotechnology making accessible innovation resources and services to SMEs in the BSR (Technet_nano) focuses on promoting the innovation potentials of micro- and nanotechnology to SMEs and R&D institutions and improving the access to these innovation resources across the BSR. Network between worldleading Cluster of largescale Research Infrastructure of Photon and Neutron Sources and Users fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SCIENCE LINK) will establish contact and consultation points in the Baltic Sea Region to inform SMEs about opportunities offered by existing, planned or implemented large-scale research infrastructure. Green Public Procurement capacity building and implementation in the Baltic Sea Region (Baltic GPP) will establish a wide capacity building programme on Green Public Procurement within Core Procurement Institutions across the Baltic Sea Region. The programme will be based on commonly applied training materials and purchasing actions of major public procurement organisations in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany. Counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals in remote primary health care through tele-consultation and tele-mentoring to strengthen social conditions in remote BSR (Prim- Care IT). The project will raise the attractiveness of remote primary health care for medical professionals by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring. Jointly developed teleconsultation and tele-mentoring solutions will be implemented in pilot sites in Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Belarus. Baltic Landscape in change innovative approaches towards sustainable forested landscapes (Baltic Landscape) will foster good governance in forested landscapes. It will develop new approaches to integrated landscape planning and management. A network of Baltic Landscape sites will be established to function as a platform for cooperative solving of landscape problems. Bioenergy Promotion 2 from strategies to activities will assist regions in implementing their bioenergy strategies and establish links to public and private utility companies. Project partners will also feed the project results into political processes on a macro-regional and transnational level and into development of Structural Funds operational programmes. Mr Erk Westermann-Lammers, Board Chairman of Investitionsbank Schleswig- Holstein Our ambition is to become one of the best managed ETC programmes in the European Union and to remain a centre of expertise of EU cohesion funds management at Kiel, Rostock and Riga beyond Mr Vicente Rodríguez Sáez, Deputy Head of Unit E.1, DG Regional Policy, European Commission updated the Monitoring Committee on the future legal framework and preparation of the next programme period Ms Karin Nygård Skalman, Vinnova, presented StarDust, one of the strategic projects of the Baltic Sea Region Programme, to the Monitoring Committee 2 58 project applications had been submitted during the fourth call to the Baltic Sea Region Programme s Joint Technical Secretariat at Rostock and Riga by the end of March Seven new projects were approved already in June Altogether the 4th call results in 13 new projects. The applicants had to demonstrate their potential to contribute to the development of the whole Baltic Sea region. The Programme s Monitoring Committee including national and regional representatives from all eleven participating countries selects the best project proposals. In 2011 the Monitoring Committee is chaired by Germany (Mr Bernd Kloke, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology). Programme in figures Number of calls launched: 4 Number of approved projects: 80 Number of flagship projects in the EU 37 Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: Number of project partners: ~1300 Total available programme budget 222,8 Million EUR ( ): Funds committed to projects to date: 98 % Funds left: only 4.4 million EUR in priority 4 After the forth call for applications, programme funds are almost exhausted. There are limited funds (circa 4.4 million EUR) left. The Monitoring Committee sent request to the European Commission to reallocate all remaining funds to the priority 4 (attractive and competitive cities and regions). Projects supporting horizontal actions of the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region may be funded from this priority. The Monitoring Committee will decide how to spend remaining funds at its next Task Force meeting in Berlin, on November. Joint ETC conference a successful start for future cooperation Mrs Elzbieta Bienkowska, Minister of Regional Development of Poland welcomes the participants in Katowice. 3 Almost 600 stakeholders from all over Europe arrived at Katowice in Poland to participate in the first joint conference of all 13 transnational cooperation programmes. The event was hosted by the Polish Presidency of the EU Council as well as by the region of Silesia and the City of Katowice. The objective was to demonstrate the benefits of transnational cooperation in Europe as well as discussing the future perspectives beyond The participants enjoyed the possibility to exchange and network with stakeholders from other programme areas in an open environment. The green exhibition constructed of paper and wood in the Atrium of the conference venue, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. How does it look like in the neighbourhood? Exhibition on Enlargement and cooperation with neighbours. Eeva Rantama, Project Team leader at the Baltic Sea Region Programme moderating the Workshop on Environmental Risk Management. Ruut Louwers (North West Europe), Henrik Josephson (North Sea), Christiane Breznik (Central Europe) and Susanne Scherrer (Baltic Sea Region) representing the four coordinating programmes of the Conference. You will find conclusions, more images and the conference video on the conference - website The Joint Transnational Cooperation was also brought to the Open Days in Brussels on 12 October 2011: the Workshop 13 Programmes 1 goal reflected on the outcomes of the Katowice conference. Based on the draft regulation on specific provisions for the support from the European Regional Development Fund to the European territorial cooperation goal, the discussion about the future of the 13 Programmes continued. Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General DG REGIO presented the major achievements of this draft compared to former Programming periods: simplification of procedures and Programme bodies and thematic concentration. Where existing macro-regional strategies and programme areas overlap (basically in the Baltic Sea Region), a stronger adjustment is foreseen. 4 Normunds Popens at the Open Days Workshop 13 Programmes 1 goal reflected by Drawnalist Alex Hughes. News from the Joint Technical Secretariat Kathrin Jahn and Laura Supjeva joined the team in Rostock. Laura Supjeva Project Officer Marceli Niezgoda, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Regional Development in Poland (left) and Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid from the Committee on Regional Development of the European Parliament commented on the draft regulation from council and parliament perspective. Event calendar Date Place Ronald Lieske took over the position as Programme Manager from Ute Neumann, who is on maternity leave. Workshop for cluster initiatives Workshop for finalising projects 21 October November - 1 December 2011 Berlin, Germany Riga, Latvia Kathrin Jahn Finance Assistant - Payments & Administration Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference September 2012 Lillestrøm, Norway 5 Kathrin graduated in Business Administration at University in Halle-Wittenberg with specialization in Accounting and Taxation. She worked several years in the Financial Sector and was responsible for international accounting. Kathrin is responsible for providing efficient service to the JTS and the CA when it comes to payments to the projects and other administrative tasks. Laura has obtained a Master s degree in Baltic Sea Region Studies at the University of Latvia. She also studied at the University of Helsinki and at the Charles University in Prague. Laura worked with the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme. Laura is responsible for monitoring of projects and supporting project partners by providing advice and information about implementation issues. Subscribe to the Baltic Sea Region Programme newsletter at For further information please go to and feel free to contact the Joint Technical Secretariat. Rostock office Phone Riga office Phone
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