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June 18, 2019

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS 

Greetings from Russia - Vivid Cooperation Ongoing

Just in time, at the peak of implementing 123 Interreg Baltic Sea Region cooperation projects, the Russian Federation has become a fully-fledged member of the Programme. Numerous projects have taken on board Russian partners. They help tackle challenges that go beyond borders and build trust across the region.

Russia formally joined the ongoing Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme in January 2018, when the Russian Federation and the European Commission signed a financing agreement. This agreement was the prerequisite for paying out funds to organisations located in the Russian Federation. Transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region with Russian partner organisations had financially been supported for the first time from 2005 to 2008 through the EU-TACIS funding, which financed joint work of EU and Russian regions and cities. Later, Russian organisations contributed to projects as associated partners without a budget of their own.

33 projects with Russian partners

Since 2018, partners from Russia have been involved in 33 out of 88 ongoing projects of Interreg Baltic Sea Region, covering all three programme priorities: innovation, sustainable transport and management of natural resources. The hotspots of cooperation are St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad, but project partners are also located in other parts of Northwest Russia, namely Pskov, Petrozavodsk, Cherepovets and Arkhangelsk. The types of partners range from universities to city administrations and from companies to environmental NGOs.

Deploying solutions beyond borders

This cooperation with Russian partners helps organisations in the other countries around the Baltic Sea region to tackle challenges that go beyond borders. Russian partners contribute to making the Baltic Sea waters clearer and healthier by reducing harmful emissions from manure (MANURE STANDARDS), from forestry (WAMBAF Toolbox) and from industrial sewage (BEST), and they help to identify ways to reduce the release of plastic into the sea (FanpLESStic-sea). “Thanks to these projects, mutual efforts have led to viable results in more efficient water management, and we are happy to be part of a highly professional, international team”, says Olga Sheshukova from the Environmental Centre ECAT-Kaliningrad. ECAT is also a partner in the project platform BSR Water that strives to increase the impact of projects dealing with water management.

Russian partners also contribute to increasing energy efficiency in housing in order to mitigate climate change effects (LowTEMPAREA 21Act Now). “Transnational cooperation with AREA 21 has changed our view on how a small person can influence global challenges by his behaviour in everyday life”, highlights Yury Nurulin from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. He involved students and university staff in saving energy in housing by applying the concept of the energy improvement district developed in the project.

Cooperation is all about trust

And last but not least, by cooperating on the ground with Finns, Swedes, Estonians, Germans, Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians, Danes or Norwegians, Russian partners help to build trust beyond borders.

Read more on the Programme website: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/greetings-from-russia-vivid-cooperation-ongoing.html
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29 May, 2019

The Chamber of Regions Is Focusing on the Development of Cross-Border Cooperation

Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev held a meeting on the media coverage of progress in implementing Russia-EU Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes 2014-2020, including the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Additional information, including webcast of the meeting, can be found on the Federation Council website: http://council.gov.ru/events/news/105086/
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22 May, 2019

Seminar for Russian partners and their first level controllers of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme

On May 22, the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Seminar for Russian partners and their first level controllers was held in St. Petersburg

The agenda of the seminar covered various implementation questions: e.g. project life cycle and important documents for project partners, payment scheme, audit and control issues, reporting procedures, rules on eligibility of expenditure, and visibility requirements. The MA/JS also provided detailed guidance on how to calculate and report staff costs. 

The Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) has gathered the Russian partners of ongoing projects in the third call and all first level controllers of the Russian project partners to the seminar to acquaint themselves with the specifics of implementing joint projects in Russia and project partner reporting.

Programme

Organiser: Interreg Baltic Sea Region
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11 April, 2019

Meeting of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee

On April 10-11, the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee met in Lübeck (Germany) to select projects for funding.

The Monitoring Committee selected 12 projects out of 26 applications submitted. The second call for project platforms resulted in 6 applications submitted and 3 of them selected. The Monitoring Committee also approved 9 projects out of 20 submitted in the first extension stage call. Both types of projects are meant to capitalise on the results of projects already funded within Interreg Baltic Sea Region. In both calls, the Monitoring Committee allocated EUR 8.3 million of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and EUR 0.2 million of ENI / Russian National Fund to selected projects and project platforms.

As for the projects with Russian participation, the Monitoring Committee selected 3 projects (one project platform and two extension stage projects) out of 26 applications submitted.


Project platforms approved in the second call

* Project platforms with Russian participation are marked in bold

Priority Specific objective Project acronym
1. Capacity for innovation

1.2 Smart specialisation

BSR S3 Ecosystem
2. Natural Resources

2.3 Energy efficiency

 

CAMS Platform
2.4 Blue growth Capacity4MSP
Total: 3


Extension stage projects approved in the first call

* Projects with Russian participation are marked in bold

Priority Specific objective Project acronym
1. Innovation 1.1  Research and innovation infrastructure BSN_powerhouse
1.2 Smart specialisation EmpInno Monitor S3
1.3 Non-technological innovation SEMPRE Accelerators
EcoDesign Circle 4.0
2. Natural Resources 2.1 Clear waters DAIMON 2
NonHazCity 2
WAMBAF Tool Box
2.4 Blue growth ALLIANCE+
3. Transport 3.1 Interoperability EMMA Extension
Total: 9

Read more on the Programme website: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/twelve-projects-approved-to-capitalise-on-project-results.html
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10 April, 2019

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference 2019

On April 9-10, the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference 2019 was held in Lübeck (Germany). The event has brought together over 300 participants – representatives of 111 projects and project platforms from all around the Baltic Sea and beyond to talk about project achievements in making the Baltic Sea region more innovative, better accessible and sustainable. A two-day discussion of the results achieved was held at 16 parallel thematic sessions. Russian partners have seriously prepared for the event, having sent more than 30 postcards to answer one of the main Programme’s question “What do you think of the results of YOUR project which will be the most useful for your region / country?” A postcards exhibition was open all days of the conference. 

The conference was attended by members of the Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC):

  • Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of the Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
  • Alla Agapova, Advisor, Access to External Markets and Protective Measures Unit, Department for Development and Regulation of External Economic Activities, Ministry of Economic Development of Russia
  • Irina Karelina, Director-General, ICSER Leontief Centre
  • Elena Belova, Secretary General, Head of Development Department, ICSER Leontief Centre

Conference Programme 

Read more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/thank-you-for-sharing-exciting-interreg-experiences-with-us-the-programme-conference-is-over.html
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21 March, 2019

Russian National Sub-Committee of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme Has Started Discussing the Future Programme in Russia

On March 21, the Russian National Sub-Committee meeting was held within the XX Anniversary International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day”. The meeting focused on the future programme Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021 – 2027, its possible priorities and objectives. Moreover, participants discussed the reporting procedure for Russian project partners of current Programme, as well as developing proposals for national support of applications with Russian participation, proposed for the second call of project platforms and the extension stage of first call projects. A separate report on subregional cooperation possibilities in the Baltic Sea region was presented by Ann Irene Saeternes, Monitoring Committee Member, and Lars Godbolt, Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) Executive Secretary.

Check for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021 – 2027 updates on the Programme website: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/post2020.html

Read more about the Baltic Sea Day Forum: http://www.helcom.ru/baltic_sea_day/2019_year
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20 December, 2018

VASAB Young Planners’ Contest

VASAB has initiated the Young Planners’ Contest “Liveable Places and Spaces of Tomorrow” to bring together young professionals and give them a chance to create a network of next generation planners and provide them with a chance to express their expectations and perspective of the future of the Baltic Sea Area.

Young professionals and students are invited to apply for the contest and join the 4-day International Summer Camp in Poznan, Poland, the 26th to the 29th of August 2019.

The contest language is English.

Applications should be submitted no later than 17th January 2019 via email youngplanners@vasab.org.

Young Planners’ Contest is organized by VASAB (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic Sea), The Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, the Institute of Socio-economic Geography and Spatial Management at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland) and has been made possible through funding from the Swedish Institute.

Find the contest regulation and application on the VASAB website: https://vasab.org/ypc/.
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20 December, 2018

The Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat of Interreg Baltic Sea Region Received the First Share of Funds Available for Activities of Russian Project Partners

Today, the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat of Interreg Baltic Sea Region received the first share of funds available for activities of Russian project partners. Starting in January 2019, payments to project partners will be initiated.

Read more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/payments-to-partners-in-russia-can-start-in-january-2019.html
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25 October, 2018

The State Duma Ratified the Agreement in the Framework of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme

On October 25, 2018 the State Duma ratified the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation, the European Commission and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on financial contributions of the Russian Federation and the European Union to ensure the implementation of the Transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Interreg. Baltic Sea Region” for the period 2014-2020 in the Russian Federation. It has been exactly one year since the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed an order on the implementation of the Transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Interreg. Baltic Sea Region” in the Russian Federation (dated October 25, 2017).

After the Agreement’s ratification, 4.4 million EUR will be allocated from the federal budget as a Russia's contribution to the Programme (3 million EUR in 2018 plus 1.4 million EUR in 2019). These funds were provided in the federal budget for 2017, 2018 and the planning period of 2019.
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19 September, 2018

Meeting of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee

On September 18-19, the meeting of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee was held.

The Monitoring Committee selected 31 project applications out of 114 submitted in the third call for applications. Therefore, the Monitoring Committee allocated EUR 56 million of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), EUR 1.9 million of the Norwegian National Fund and EUR 1.4 million of ENI / Russian National Fund to the selected projects.

From 37 project applications with Russian participation 11 applications were selected.

Projects with Russian participation, selected in the third call by the Monitoring Committee
on 18-19 September 2018 (Tallinn)

Specific objective Project acronym Project Title
Priority 1
 1.1  R3.089 CAROTS Commercial Analytical Research Organisations Transnational Strategy
1.3 R3.026 Creative Ports Creative Ports - Internationalisation of the Cultural and Creative Industries in the Baltic Sea Region
1.3 R3.060 Healthy Boost Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region - boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities
1.3 R3.170 Balt Se@nioR 2.0 Innovative solutions to support BSR in providing more senior - friendly public spaces due to increased capacity of BSR companies and public institutions
Priority 2
2.1 R3.071 DESIRE Development of Sustainable (adaptive) peatland management by Restoration and paludiculture for nutrient retention and other ecosystem services in the Neman river catchment
2.1 R3.074 FanpLESStic-sea FanpLESStic-sea – Initiatives to remove micro-plastics before they enter the sea
2.1 R3.154 CONTRA Baltic Beach Wrack - Conversion of a Nuisance To a Resource and Asset
2.1 R3.017 WATERDRIVE Water driven rural development in the Baltic Sea Region
2.2 R3.104 BalticBiomass4Value Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region
2.3 R3.208 LUCIA Lighting the Baltic Sea Region - Cities accelerate the deployment of sustainable and smart urban lighting solutions
Priority 3
3.2 R3.057 MARA Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Areas - New approaches for developing mobility concepts in remote areas

Read more on the Programme’s website: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/31-projects-selected-to-further-stimulate-the-development-in-the-baltic-sea-region.html
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31 August, 2018

INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020: Russian National Sub-Committee Meeting

On September 30, the Russian National Sub-Committee meeting was held at the Leontief Centre Conference Hall in St. Petersburg.

The meeting aimed to consider 37 third call project applications with the Russian participation. Assessment criteria included the contribution of expected results to development of the regions, an alignment with the strategic objectives for development of the regions and the North-West Federal District, the readiness of Russian partners to participate in a particular project, as well as the quality assessment criteria (1, 2a, 2b, 3), proposed by the Programme’s Joint Secretariat. Based on the discussion and internal rating of RNSC, 28 project applications out of 37 have been included in the official list of applications, supported by the Russian side. The list will be forwarded to the Joint Secretariat and, along with the internal rating of RNSC, will provide the basis for adopting a position of the Russian delegation at the Monitoring Committee meeting during the discussion and selection of projects for funding. Russian project partners are expected to receive Russian funding.

Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Anna Popova, Deputy Director of Department of Development and Regulation of Foreign-Economic Activity, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, delivered opening remarks. The meeting was chaired by Andrey Mikheev, Co-Chairman of RNSC, Head of the State Committee of the Pskov Region for Economic Development and Investment Policy.

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7 June, 2018

Project Platforms Selected in the First Call for Applications

The Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region selected 6 project platforms out of 9 submitted applications at the meeting on June 6. The list of approved project platforms is given below:

  • BSR WATER: Platform on Integrated Water Cooperation (specific objective “Clear waters”)
  • SUMANU: Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea Region (specific objective “Clear waters”’)
  • Blue Platform: Bioeconomy for Blue Growth in the Baltic Sea Region – a platform project to capitalize on the outputs of complementary transnational projects (specific objective “Blue growth”)
  • BSR Access: Access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region (specific objective “Interoperability of transport modes”)
  • ResQU2: Enhancing durability of learning experiences gained in ChemSAR, HAZARD, DiveSmart Baltic and Mirg-Ex projects on guidelines, operational plans and procedures, and exercises related to incidents at sea and in ports (specific objective “Maritime safety”)
  • CSHIPP: Clean Shipping Project Platform (specific objective “Environmentally friendly shipping”)

All project platforms were recommended to bring Russian partners on board.

Read more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/project-platforms-approved-for-the-first-time-in-interreg-baltic-sea-region.html.
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23-24 May, 2018

St. Petersburg hosted the second seminar for Russian partners and their lead partners

St. Petersburg hosted the second seminar for Russian partners and their lead partners from the second call projects. Altogether, more than 20 Russian partners are involved in 15 projects that tackle challenges beyond borders. (https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/-a157da9d32.html)

The seminar program and presentations can be found here: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/event-detail/event/seminar-for-russian-partners-and-their-lead-partners.html

Guidance for Russian project partners, in particular on first level control, and visibility rules https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/about-the-programme/documents.html.

Visibility rules on the Program's website at https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/index.php?id=84&no_cache=1 and visibility downloads (package: Interreg BSR program logo with RU) at https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/visibility_downloads.html.
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19 April, 2018

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme: Seminar for Russian partners in the Pskov Region

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat Held a Seminar for Russian partners in the Pskov Region. The round-table seminar covered various implementation questions: important documents for project partners, reporting procedures, payment scheme, audit and control issues, visibility rules, etc. 

Read more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/event-detail/event/seminar-for-russian-partners-in-the-pskov-region.html
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17 April, 2018

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Closed the Third Call for Applications

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme closed the third call for applications after having received 114 project applications with a full description of the partners’ activities in all priority areas of transnational cooperation to make the Baltic Sea Region more innovative, better accessible and sustainable. In the third call, 45 Russian partners participated in the submitted project applications.

Read more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/114-applications-submitted-to-further-boost-cooperation-in-the-region.html
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5 April, 2018

Russia's Contribution to the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Provides Funding for the Project Activities of the Regions

The Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed the Order on the financial contribution of Russia to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, for the implementation of the Transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Interreg Baltic Sea Region” for the period 2014-2020. The Ministry of Finance of Russia is charged with paying up to 4.5 million EUR, including up to 3.06 million EUR in 2018 and up to 1.44 million EUR in 2019.

On December 25, 2017 in Moscow, the Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Gruzdev signed an agreement on behalf of the Russian Federation between the Government of Russia, the European Commission and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on financial contributions for the implementation of the Transnational European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Interreg Baltic Sea Region” for the period 2014-2020 in Russia. The Agreement was signed by the EU and Germany in Brussels on 29 and 30 January 2018 respectively.

The Programme is acting as an implementation tool for joint transnational projects of the regions of Russia, the EU countries and Norway towards sustainable socio-economic development of the Baltic Sea region. The Programme promotes transnational cooperation, better ecological safety and infrastructure development.

When it comes to constituent entities of the North-West Federal District, such form of interregional cooperation is an effective tool to deal with the regional challenges and an additional source of funding for regional initiatives.

Total funds available at the Programme 2014-2020 - 349.8 million EUR. Russia contributes 4.5 million EUR. Funds for these purposes are provided in the federal budget. 

Source: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
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7 March, 2018

INTERREG Baltic Sea Region is No Longer Accepting New Project Idea Forms in the Third Call for Project Applications

INTERREG Baltic Sea Region completed accepting new project ideas within the first step in the third call for project applications. The next step concerns preparing complete applications and submitting them.

The first step in the third call for project applications in facts and figures:

A total of 268 project idea forms have been submitted, and 37 of them include Russian partners. Out of 268 submitted project ideas:

  • 120 project ideas cover the thematic Priority 1: Capacity for innovation, 14 of them include Russian partners; 
  • 98 project ideas cover the Priority 2: Management of the natural resources, 16 of them include Russian partners;
  • 51 project ideas refer to the Priority 3: Sustainable transport, 7 of them include Russian partners.

Please note that the submitted project ideas at this step are not subject to the technical and quality assessment by the MA/JS. This will be carried out by the MA/JS only after April 9 applied to complete project applications submitted by the lead partners.

Read more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/lots-of-new-project-ideas-to-make-change-in-the-baltic-sea-region.html
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2 February, 2018 

Financing Agreement signed: Russian participation in Baltic Sea cooperation now on solid grounds

After years of persistent negotiations, the Russian Federation, the European Commission, and Germany as the member state hosting the Managing Authority of Interreg Baltic Sea Region have signed a Financing Agreement. This will boost the participation of Russian partners in transnational cooperation projects around the Baltic Sea.
 
The Financing Agreement
According to the Financing Agreement, the European Commission allocated EUR 4.4 million from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to Interreg Baltic Sea Region for Russian beneficiaries. In parallel, Russia earmarked EUR 4.4 million for the Programme budget. The funding rate for Russian partners is up to 85%. All funds will be implemented based on the same set of Programme rules.
 
“The Financing Agreement indicates that Russia has become an equal and all-rightful member of the Programme. We feel that this is an important step for the Russian Federation as we have now been fully involved in regional processes within the Programme trying to tackle the common challenges of the Baltic Sea together,” says Anna Popova, Deputy Head of the Department for Development and Regulation of External Economic Activities, Ministry of Economy of Russia, who is also member of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee.
 
Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit for Macro-regional and transnational cooperation in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, adds that “cooperation between all countries around the Baltic Sea on concrete projects for a cleaner, better connected and more prosperous region helps to increase the quality of life of our citizens. The Financing Agreement will allow for a funding of Russian project partners from the cooperation programme and will help to bring people in the Baltic Sea region closer together.”
 
“Commitment to a common objective, persistence, patience, and a lot of flexibility from all parties involved were needed to reach a happy ending to this long story,” emphasises Susanne Scherrer, director of the Programme’s Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat. “We will now focus on supporting project partners to make the best use of the funds available. Time is running.”
 
Russian participation in Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects
As many as 24 Russian project partners from 15 projects approved in the second call have been awaiting the decision on the Financing Agreement. In total, they applied for EUR 2.9 million. Russian partners are mostly interested in building capacity for innovation and management of natural resources. Most of them are located in the cities of St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Petrozavodsk and Gatchina. The Financing Agreement is very timely, as Interreg Baltic Sea Region is accepting applications in the third call until 9 April 2018. This might already be the last opportunity for applicants to expand their partnerships to Russia. For Interreg Baltic Sea Region, for which the culture of cooperation is at the heart of all activities, the possibility to involve Russian partners is of vital importance. It is a step forward in addressing all citizens around the Baltic Sea and in making the region more innovative, better accessible and sustainable - together.
 
Source:
Financing Agreement signed: Russian participation in Baltic Sea cooperation now on solid grounds
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24 October, 2017

On 24 October, 2017 the Information Seminar "Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme: Russia-EU Macro-regional Cooperation Tool" Took Place at the XVI All-Russia Forum "Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia"

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

Topics discussed during the seminar: results of the second call for applications and approved projects with Russian partners, followed by master-class on the conditions, cooperation themes for Russian and European regions in the BSR on three Programme priorities within the third call for applications.

Read more: http://forumstrategov.ru/rus/program/stol38.html
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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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27 July, 2017

Cross-Border Cooperation Has Received Legislative Support 

Signed - the Federal Law of July 26, 2017 № 179 "On the Basics of Cross-Border Cooperation" that regulates the relations arising in connection with the implementation of cross-border cooperation, defines the basic principles, objectives and lines of cross-border cooperation, as well as the powers of the federal executive body authorized to carry out functions of developing state policy and legal regulation in the field of cross-border cooperation, public authorities of the border subject of the Russian Federation, local self-government authorities of the municipality of the border subject of the Russian Federation.

The border subjects of the Russian Federation and municipalities must bring their legislation and municipal legal acts in compliance with this Federal Law within three months from the date of its entry into force.

Read the full text 
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27 July, 2017

First Information Seminar in Pskov on the Third Call for Applications to INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

On July 27, the first information seminar on the third call for applications to INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 took place in Pskov, supported by the State Committee for Economic Development and Investment Policy of the Pskov Region.

The information seminar aimed to hold consultations on the second call approved projects with the participation of organizations of the Pskov region, and future applicants of the third call. 

In Details

Materials
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20 July, 2017

Coordination Council Meeting on Cross-Border and Interregional Cooperation of the North-West Federal District Held in St. Petersburg

On July 20, 2017 meeting of the Coordination Council on Cross-Border and Interregional Cooperation of the North-West Federal District was held in St. Petersburg, chaired by Anastasia Kuznetsova, Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North-West Federal District.

Organizers: Executive Office of Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North-West Federal District, ICSER Leontief Centre, ANO "Strategic Partnership "North-West".

The meeting’s work was attended by members of the Russian National Sub-Committee within the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 from federal structures: Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Anna Popova, Deputy Director of the Department of Development and Regulation of Foreign-Economic Activity, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Svetlana Bibichkova, Head of Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation Development Unit, Department of Development and Regulation of Foreign-Economic Activity, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Irina Karelina, Director-General of ICSER Leontief Centre, Secretary General of Russian National Sub-Committee made a report on the theme "Results and Prospects of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme (first calls’ results)". Participants discussed launch results of Russia-EU Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes 2014-2020, as well as the draft concept of the Expanded Meeting of the Coordination Council Meeting on Cross-Border and Interregional Cooperation of the North-West Federal District within the third day of XVI All-Russia Forum "Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia" (October 23 - 25, 2017).

The Coordination Council Meeting on Cross-Border and Interregional Cooperation of the North-West Federal District Held in St. Petersburg meeting followed by a working meeting chaired by Andrey Mikheev, Chairman of the State Committee of the Pskov Region for Economic Development and Investment Policy, and Dmitry Kislov, Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia. The RNSC meeting addresses the following topics:

In details
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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 Programme 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.
During the meeting the following challenges have been discussed:

  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