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5 October, 2017

Apply Now: Third Call for Applications is Open!

Interreg Baltic Sea Region opens the third call for project applications in three thematic fields: capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport. In this way, the Programme intends to financially support transnational projects contributing to the development of a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region.

Read more:
https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/apply-now-third-call-for-applications-is-open.html
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23 May, 2017

Interreg. Baltic Sea Region Meeting of the Monitoring Committee took place in Helsinki (Finland)

Participants from the Russian Federation (in the status of observers): I.N Kapyrin. - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; A.N. Popova, Yu.O. Savkin - Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; I.A. Karelina - Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC). During the meeting the applications submitted for the second stage of the 2nd call of project application proposals under the program has been selected. Out of the 24 project proposals with Russian participation, in accordance with the discussion at the meeting of the RNSC (April 27, 2017), the Russian side supported 20, of which 15 projects were selected at the current Monitoring Committee meeting to finance  and one project was suggested to repeat the attempt during the third call of the program. Overall, out of the 71 applications submitted, 39 projects were chosen in the thematic fields of capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport, which correspond to the Programme's priorities.

FUNDING

2 call

3 call
(September 2017 г.)

ERDF co-financing:

87,1 млн. Евро

57,6 млн. Евро

Russian co-financing:

2,9 млн. Евро

5,1 млн. Евро

Table of the project applications with Russian participation

For more info please visit the official Programm website

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27 April, 2017

Meeting of the Russian National Sub-Committee on the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020

On April 27, 2017 in Moscow at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation RNSC meeting took place.

24 project applications with Russian participation were considered in the second step of the 2nd call of project applications submission for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020.

When discussing project applications, the significance of the expected results for the development of the regions was assessed, compliance with the strategic objectives of the development of the regions and the North-West Federal District, the preparedness of Russian partners to participate in a particular project was taken into account. The estimated application quality factors (1, 2a, 2b) were taken into account by the secretariat of the Program. Project proposals with a low assessment factor (3 points) and those not recommended by the Secretariat for funding in the internal rating of RNSC are not included. Based on the results of the discussion and internal rating of the RNSC, 20 project applications out of 24 were included in the official list of applications supported by the Russian side. The list was sent to the secretariat of the Program and, along with the internal rating of the RNSC, will form the basis for the position of the Russian delegation at the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Program during the discussion and selection of projects for financing. It is assumed that Russian project partners receive Russian funding.

The opening address was delivered by the Abramyan Rafael, Director of the Department for Development of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. The meeting was also moderated by the RNSC co-chairman, Andrey Mikheev, Head of the State committee on economic development and investment policy of the Pskov region

Irina Karelina, the Executive Secretary of RNSC and a member of the Russian delegation in the Monitoring Committee of the Program participated in the Meeting as well.


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17 January, 2017

The second step of the second call for project applications is closed now 

The second step of the second call for project applications is closed now. Until today, 17 January 16:00 CEST (UTC+2), authors of concept notes selected in the first step were entitled to submit full applications.

More information:
https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/second-call-for-project-applications-is-closed.html
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December 28, 2016

Draft Agreements on Financing and Implementation of CBC Programmes Russia – EU 2014-2020 Submitted for Signature to the Russian Side

On December 28, 2016 the meeting between Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexander Tsybulsky and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas was held in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. At the meeting draft Agreements on financing and implementation of CBC Programmes Russia – EU "Karelia", "Kolarctic", "Russia - South-East Finland", "Russia - Latvia" and "Russia - Estonia" 2014-2020 as well as draft Protocols to Agreements on financing and implementation of CBC Programmes Russia – EU 2007-2013 signed by the European side were solemnly submitted for signature. 

The documents submitted for signature to the Russian side on behalf of Government of the Russian Federation until the end of 2016. 

More information about the meeting and submission of Agreements can be found at the page of Department for Development of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
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December 14, 2016

Launch of Baltic Funding Portal

One of the Forum results has become launch of Baltic Funding Portal (http://funding.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/) that contains information about all financial instruments available to finance regional projects in the Baltic Sea region. 

The list includes not only the financial instruments in the framework of European investment and structural funds and from the budget of EU member states, but also information about the possibilities for funding from the budgets of non-EU countries (Norway and Russia). 

The portal was launched with the support INTERACT Programme and the Swedish Institute.
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October 25, 2016

On October 25, 2016 within XV All-Russia Forum "Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia: Building Alignment through Dialogue" it was held a round table “Russia-EU Cooperation Instruments in the Baltic Sea Region”

Organizers: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg, Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, Council of the Baltic Sea States, ICSER Leontief Centre.

The major focus of the round table was given to the new cooperation opportunities between EU and North-West Russia regions during the implementation of the two strategies (EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and Strategy for Socio-Economic Development of the North-West Federal District).

During the session an updated Strategy for Socio-Economic Development of the North-West Federal District until 2020 and the renewed EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region were presented to participants. Participants looked through the new cooperation opportunities in the Baltic Sea Macroregion and North-West Federal District and held an expert discussion on international cooperation using the following instruments, such as Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, Council of the Baltic Sea States and VASAB.

Taking into account the recommendations of Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2015, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation jointly with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation are actively working on restoration of the partner status of Russia in the Russia-EU Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. A great step forward in these activities are the restoration of the Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) and organization of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Information Seminar for the North-West regions of Russia on March 23, 2016 in the framework of XVII International Environmental Forum Baltic Sea Day in St. Petersburg.

The great outcome of this work is the adoption of Declaration on Russian participation in the Cooperation Programme «Interreg Baltic Sea Region» for the funding period 2014 – 2020 and the management of corresponding Russian funds signed by Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. It means that Russian organizations are able to join the applications selected in the second call, whose authors are ready to expand partnership. An important challenge is compliance of tasks of projects’ Russian participants to objectives of the Strategy of Socio-Economic Development of the North-West Federal District. 

Besides, right now is almost ready the founding document of the Programme - intergovernmental financial agreement, where will be reflected the major terms of participation of the Russian Federation in the Programme.

The Joint Secretariat of the Programme together with the Secretariat of RNSC is supporting leading applicants of selected concepts and Russian organizations within the second stage of the full project application. Within the Forum 2016 it was also held an extended meeting and presentation of RNSC.

In terms of both strategies it was presented the practice of long-term cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region by example of the VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region and the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat.

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October 21, 2016

Project Development Seminars for Lead Partners in Berlin and Riga – Second Call of INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

The Project development seminars for lead partners to prepare the concept notes within INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 were held on 12-13 October in Berlin and on 19-20 October in Riga. Elena Belova, Representative of the Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC), Secretary General of ICSER Leontief Centre, take an active part in the seminars’ work. After return of the partner status to Russia and signing a Declaration on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation concerning its participation in INTERREG BSR Programme 2014-2020, the Joint Secretariat and RNSC have done a lot to involve Russian organizations in preparing the concept notes within the second call of the Programme and help lead applicants to find Russian partners. 

During project development seminars the JS staff presented new participation terms for the Russian partners and arranged over 50 individual consultations with lead partners selected at the first step and interested in attracting Russian partners. As in the first step of the second call only 9 of 75 included Russian organizations as associated partners, by the end of consultations and joint work of the JS and RNSC over 35 concept notes have been submitted with Russian partners. 

In Details: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/75-project-concepts-selected-statistics-and-more.html, https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/funding-available-for-russian-participation-in-joint-projects.html
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October 25, 2016

Meeting of the Russian National Sub-Committee on INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

On October 25, 2016 meeting of RNSC was held in St. Petersburg.
At the meeting it were discussed the following challenges:

  1. Rotation of the co-chairmen of RNSC (transfer of authority in December 2016 from St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region to Arkhangelsk Region and the Republic of Karelia)
  2. Review of the procedures of discussion of the 2nd round proposals;
  3. Discussion the procedures of inquiry and obtaining the Russian funding.

Application:

  1. RNSC meeting agenda
  2. RNSC meeting protocol
  3. Photo report

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October 16, 2016

Guidance on the Participation of Russian Organizations in Joint Project

A new supporting document called “Guidance on the participation of Russian organizations in joint projects developed in step 2 of the second call for applications” is placed on the website, section Programme. The document is provided by Joint Secretariat of the Programme.  
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September 14, 2016

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Monitoring Committee 2014-2020 Selected 75 Project Concepts

On 13-14 September 2016 a meeting of INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme Monitoring Committee 2014-2020 was held in Hameenlinna (Finland). Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of Department for European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Svetlana Bibichkova, Deputy Head of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation Development Unit, Department for Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation Development, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Irina Karelina, Director General of ICSER Leontief Centre, Secretary General of Russian National Sub-Committee – participated at the meeting from the Russian side yet as observers.

The main question was devoted to selection of concept notes of the second call for further work on the preparation of the project applications (applications) (dates of second step, second call: 15.09.2016 - 17.01.2017). The Monitoring Committee selected 75 project concepts from total 214 submitted in the first step, 9 of them with Russian participants.

We congratulate our Russian organizations included in the list of selected project concepts. As for the other potential Russian partners, they also have opportunity to join the partnership of selected concepts.

Information by Programme Joint Secretariat on results of the first step, second call and participation opportunities for Russian organizations is on the Programme website: 

https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/faq.html#/faq9
https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/75-project-concepts-selected-statistics-and-more.html
https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/funding-available-for-russian-participation-in-joint-projects.html

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July 2016

Draft Strategy of Socio-Economic Development of the North-West Federal District until 2020

Draft Strategy of Socio-Economic Development of the North-West Federal District until 2020 is directed by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation for approval to the federal bodies of executive power of the Russian Federation. To look through the Draft Strategy of Socio-Economic Development of the North-West Federal District until 2020, click here.
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July 22, 2016

Alexey Ulyukaev Signed a Declaration by the Russian Federation Concerning its Participation in the Cooperation Programme «Interreg Baltic Sea Region» for the funding period 2014 – 2020

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation June 29, 2016 № 1351-r on June 21, 2016 Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukayev signed the Declaration by the Russian Federation concerning its participation in the cooperation programme «Interreg Baltic Sea Region» for the funding period 2014 – 2020 and the management of corresponding Russian funds on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation.

So, it created the legal and organizational conditions for the full participation of Russian organizations in the second stage of project applications that runs until January 17, 2017. 

Russian project partners and ideas can be selected in the framework of the second call for applications, which is decided to split into two stages. The first stage - call for project ideas for the lead partners - was completed in June 2016. Selection of project ideas by the members of Joint Monitoring Committee will be held on September 2016. The second stage - call for applications - will run from September 2016 to January 2017. The project selection decision will be made on May 2017.

To discuss applications with the participation of Russian partners and make recommendations to the Programme Monitoring Committee in Russia it is operating the Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) (www.rnsc.leontief-centre.ru) under Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 based on ICSER Leontief Centre. RNSC members are representatives of federal and regional authorities, experts and scientists. To participate in the Programme as project partners, please contact RNSC.

At the end of 2016 it is expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the financing and implementation of the Programme with the European Commission and the Federal Republic of Germany (state location of the governing body of the Programme), which will regulate use, planning and transfer of Russian financial funds to the Programme.

Negotiations with representatives of the European Commission and Managing Authority of the Programme are carried out on a regular basis. More information on Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 can be found on the official website www.interreg-baltic.eu

Source: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
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June 7, 2016

Information Seminar “Crossborder Cooperation Programmes Russia – EU 2014-2020: Opportunities and Perspectives”, St. Petersburg

On June 7 Irina Karelina, Director-General of ICSER Leontief Centre, and Elena Belova, Head of Development Department, ICSER Leontief Centre, participated in the informational seminar “Crossborder Cooperation Programmes Russia – EU 2014-2020: Opportunities and Perspectives” (St. Petersburg). Organizer: Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg. Irina Karelina made a report on the theme “Baltic Sea Region Programme”.

The main purpose of the seminar is informing about the situation linked with the launching of the Crossborder Cooperation Programmes 2014-2020: “Russia – South-East Finland”, “Russia – Estonia”, “Russia – Latvia”. The seminar was also devoted to discussion the opportunities of participation in Baltic Sea Region Programme and conditions of participation in presenting applications jointly with the partners of the EU programme’s areas.
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May 27, 2016

Forum of Russian Border Regions, May 25-27, 2016, Pskov

On May 25-27, 2016, Forum of Russian Border Regions was held. Forum organizers: Pskov Region Administration, Representative Office ANO "Agency for Strategic Initiatives to promote New Projects" in the North-West Federal District, Pskov Region State Committee on Economic Development and Investment Policy, Investment Promotion Agency of the Pskov Region, ANO "Guarantee and Entrepreneurship Development Fund of the Pskov Region". Forum was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

The main Forum goal – is to discuss the current challenges and development lines of the Russian border regions and CIS countries, promote social and economic development of border areas by means of integration projects in the business sector, develop civil society and cooperation between authorities at all levels. In the context of the Forum it was held six round tables from the customs and logistics complex development in the border regions to cluster initiatives and industrial cooperation. One round table was dedicated to crossborder cooperation programmes. ICSER Leontief Centre and Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) were presented by Elena Belova, Secretary General at ICSER Leontief Centre, who made reports of the themes “Possibilities of Cooperation in the Programme Period 2014 -2020” and “Cooperation Opportunities with European Countries in the Project “Green Mobility: Towards Clean, Healthy and Accessible Environment”. As a result of the Forum it was adopted the Resolution, that encourages the resumption of RNSC to ensure interests of the North-West Federal District regions in the Baltic Sea Region Programme.

More information about the Forum of Russian Border Regions is available here: http://forum.pskov.ru/
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March 23, 2016

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Information Seminar and Russian National Sub-Committee Meeting

On March 23 Irina Karelina, Director-General of ICSER "Leontief Centre", and Elena Belova, Secretary General of ICSER "Leontief Centre", took part at Interreg Baltic Sea Region Information Seminar and Russian National Sub-Committee Meeting. 

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Information Seminar was held due to opening Second Call for Applications in priorities within XVII International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day".

Organizers: Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia, Interreg Baltic Sea Region Joint Secretariat, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, EUSBSR Horizontal Action Neighbors, Association for cooperation with Baltic Sea countries "NORDEN", ICSER "Leontief Centre".

On the same day there was a meeting of Russian National Sub-Committee 2014-2020, that resumed its work with opening the Second Call for Applications. Meeting of Russian National Sub-Committee was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia, Interreg Baltic Sea Region Joint Secretariat, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, an expert community and head of the relevant committees and the ministries of subjects of the Russian Federation of the North-West Federal District, responsible for crossborder and interregional cooperation.

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