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31 August 2021

We invite everyone to visit the updated website and register for the Kick-off event of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021 - 2027

When: September 28, 15: 00-17: 00 CET
Where: Online within the framework of the 12th Annual EU Strategy Forum for the Baltic Sea Region
Please check the agenda and register!

Agenda and registration form 

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18 June 2021

PROGRAMMING FUTURE: Towards innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral societies 

The seventh meeting of the Joint Programming Committee, held on 16-17 June 2021, advanced the preparations for building an environment for cooperation across borders on innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral topics for years 2021-2027. 

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS

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31 May 2021

Extended Meeting of the Russian National Sub-Committee at the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme

On May 31, the extraordinary extended meeting the Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) was held as part of the national consultations on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 Programme document.

The meeting was attended by the RNSC members and observers, representatives of federal ministries and authorities of the regions of the North-West Russia, Russian project partners of the Programme 2014-2020, representatives of relevant organizations and companies of the regions of the North-West Russia, associations, unions, councils, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, experts (about 50 people).

Opening remarks were made by Anna Popova, Deputy Director of Department of Development of Integration Projects and the CIS countries, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

The Programme Managing Authority / Joint Secretariat (Elena Kolosova, Advisor for External Cooperation; Elea Nova and Marina Kislyak, Project Officers) provided information on the Programme document 2021-2027 and on the timeline to develop the Programme.

Representatives of federal ministries (Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Vsevolod Vovchenko, Head of Cross-Border Cooperation Development Unit at Department of Development of Integration Projects and the CIS countries, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation) spoke about the conditions for participation of Russian partners in the Programme 2021-2027 and about the outcomes of participation in the projects of the current Programme.

During the discussion, the speakers responded to questions raised by the participants.

In conclusion, Irina Karelina, RNSC Executive Secretary, recalled the RNSC previous events within the national consultations of the Programme documents and invited all participants to take part in the XVI session “Interreg Baltic Sea Region Dialogues: Results, Challenges and Joint Priorities” to be held on October 25 as part of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2020-2021.

Materials:

  1. Presentation of the Programme Managing Authority / Joint Secretariat “Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027”
  2. Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 Programme document summary in Russian and English
  3. Presentation of the RNSC Executive Secretary “Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 21+: Public Consultations, RNSC Events at the Major Discussion Platforms of Russia”
  4. Photo report

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5 May 2021

The Nordic Council of Ministers Has Opened a Call for Projects Involving Co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region and North-West Russia

The Nordic Council of Ministers has opened a call for projects involving co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region and North-West Russia. Information was published on the website of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region on May 5.

Projects should contribute to prosperous and peaceful development in the region by fostering close relationships between Nordic organizations and partners in North-West Russia and the Baltic Sea Region.

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2021.

Source: https://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/news-room/news/591241-call-for-projects-by-the-nordic-council-of-ministers
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23 March 2021

Meeting of the Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) at the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme

On March 23, the meeting of RNSC was held in St. Petersburg as part of the XXI International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day”. The meeting took place in a hybrid format.

The RNSC members, representing regional authorities of the North-West Russia, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the expert community, discussed the progress in preparing documents for the Programme 2021-2027, the Programme priorities and goals, and the possibility of Russian partners to participate in the Programme projects. The information was provided by the Interreg BSR Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat. The latest information about the Programme can be found on its website.

The RNSC members also discussed plans to hold international round tables and other events in October 2021 as part of the in-person stage of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2020-2021.

Opening remarks were made by Anna Popova, Deputy Director of Department of Development of Integration Projects and the CIS countries, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Member of the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Member of the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, spoke about the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.

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2 March 2021

5 questions to EcoDesign Circle: RegioStars finalist 2020

One of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects, EcoDesign Circle, reached the finals of the RegioStars Awards last year in the category of circular economy.

The project is being implemented with the participation of the Russian partner — Medina Art Ltd.

Lead partner — German Environment Agency.

What did the process look like? What did the project like most? And, most importantly, what was the gain for the project?

Read the interview

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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25 February 2021

Project Snapshots to Better Showcase Interesting Developments in Interreg Baltic Sea Region Projects

Project snapshots is a new format with fresh design to better showcase interesting developments in Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects. Below you can see the latest compilation of snapshots:

Project DIGINNO

Project BEST

Project GreenSAM

Source: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat
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22 February 2021

BalticSatApps paved the way for Earth Observation-based innovations in the region

The project is being implemented with the participation of the Russian partner — Non-commercial Partnership “European-Russian Partnership”.

Lead partner — University of Turku.

The Interreg project BalticSatApps successfully improved access to EU-based satellite data for entrepreneurs and helped drive new businesses in the Baltic Sea region. Thanks to EU funding, people with smart ideas received support that enables them to further shape our region into a better place to live and work in.

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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8 February 2021

Cities.Multimodal: Encounters with passionate mobility managers

The project is being implemented with the participation of the Russian partner — Pskov City Administration.

Lead partner — Hanseatic City of Rostock.

There's a story behind every project: a story of people from countries around the Baltic Sea who team up to exchange good practices or find a new way to tackle a joint challenge - together. In Interreg Baltic Sea Region, there are 140 such stories. And for the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat staff, it is very rewarding to assist project partners from the moment their project idea starts to sprout to harvesting the achievements. Like in the case of the project cities.multimodal.

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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5 February 2021

Preparations for Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 at full speed

The fourth meeting of the Joint Programming Committee held on 3-4 February 2021 focused on finalising the topics of the new Programme and agreeing on concrete steps to simplify funding procedures in the future.

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News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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28 January 2021

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 Presented to the Committees of St. Petersburg City Administration

On 28 January 2021, the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg together with representatives of the South-East Finland ­– Russia, Russia – Estonia and Russia – Latvia CBC Programmes 2014-2020, as well as the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 held a presentation on the participation of St. Petersburg in implementing Russia – EU Programmes. The Programmes are funded from the budget of the Russian Federation, the European Union and the EU member states.

The event aimed to acquaint the St. Petersburg committees and subordinate organizations with the achievements and opportunities of the Programmes, as well as invite for discussion and cooperation within the framework of the new programme period 2021-2027.

The presentation was attended by members of the Russian National Sub-Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Alla Agapova, Advisor of the Department for Development of Integration Projects and the CIS Countries, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, spoke about the results and prospects of Russia-EU cooperation, as well as the role of the relevant ministries in preparing and implementing the Programmes.

The task of the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg is coordination at the regional level. As part of this activity, the Committee takes an active part in the work of the Russian National Sub-Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.

Elena Belova, Russian National Sub-Committee Member, Russia’s Expert at Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, introduced the meeting participants to the projects that are being implemented jointly with partner organizations of St. Petersburg, noting the positive results and leading positions of the city in implementing transnational cooperation projects. The St. Petersburg’s relevant committees and subordinate organizations have also been informed about the new programme period 2021-2027.

Learn more about cross-border and transnational cooperation programmes and ongoing projects on the official websites:

Programmes Presentation
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14 December 2020

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS

Funding for years 2021–2027 under four priorities!

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 will offer funding under four priorities: Innovative Societies, Water-Smart Societies, Climate-Neutral Societies and Cooperation Governance, covering nine Programme objectives altogether. Members of the Joint Programming Committee agreed on the thematic priorities and Programme objectives at the meeting held on 2-3 December 2020.

Preparations for Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 on track

Delegations of eleven countries: EU members states and neighbouring partner countries from around the Baltic Sea, took several decisions to advance the preparations of Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027. Representatives of the European Commission and the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) held the observers' position. The online meeting was chaired by Ms Iruma Kravale from the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

Progress in shaping the future Programme coincides with the very recent agreement on the Commission’s proposal for post-2020 European Territorial Cooperation programmes (Interreg) reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States.

The Programme’s priorities and objectives approved

After several months of work dedicated to reviewing strategic documents, consulting potential beneficiaries and discussing in the framework of the Joint Programming Committee, the Committee members reviewed the first comprehensive Programme draft document and agreed on the future Programme priorities and objectives. The Programme priorities will be aligned with two EU policy objectives for 2021–2027: a smarter Europe and a greener Europe as well as to the objective on cooperation governance.


New funding opportunities with simplified procedures

Cooperation in Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects is a unique opportunity to build on experiences of others in various fields, and to make great solutions become common practice across the region.

In order to reduce the administrative burden and increase the attractiveness of this funding scheme, the Joint Programming Committee members and the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat plan simplification as a horizonal principle to be applied.

In practice, the Joint Programming Committee members agreed that the future Programme will offer several types of projects. This includes a new type of small projects that appear to be attractive to new beneficiaries who only enter the Interreg transnational setting with their smart ideas of how to shape the region.

Moreover, the Joint Programming Committee members discussed simplifications in procedures, for example the provisions for State Aid as well as for planning and reporting costs.

Next steps

Considering comments by Joint Programming committee members, the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat, with support of the external consultancy company Ramboll, will prepare an updated draft of the Programme document for the next meeting of the Joint Programming Committee in February 2021.

After a very successful programming year under Latvian chairmanship, during which in particular the Programme content was discussed and agreed, the main open point related to the Programme document is the budget, which will be developed under Lithuanian chairmanship in 2021. The aim is to finalise the Programme document by mid of 2021 and to get it approved by the Commission until the end of 2021. At this time, also the launch of the first application round could be expected, if everything works out as planned.

Review of the current Programme’s implementation

Back-to-back with the meeting of the Joint Programming Committee, the Monitoring Committee meeting took place. The members reviewed the Programme implementation status, discussed the follow-up of audit results and the approach towards negative interests paid on Programme accounts.

Learn more on the Programme website
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19 November 2020

The Online Seminar “Meeting of the Seas” Was Held

On November 19, the online seminar “Meeting of the Seas” was held.

The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation supported by the Russian National Sub-Committee at Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme and ICSER Leontief Centre.

The seminar focused on the experience of working in various Interreg programmes, including the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, in order to prepare Russia’s participation in the Interreg NEXT Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027. The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as representatives of ICSER Leontief Centre, Kaliningrad Region, Rostov Region, Krasnodar Region, St. Petersburg.
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26 October 2020

Join a Live Broadcast of the XV Session of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Dialogue: Joint Actions and Priorities 2021+ (15:00–17:00, CET+2/Moscow Time) As Part of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2020-2021

We invite everyone to join the live broadcast of the XV Session of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Dialogue: Joint Actions and Priorities 2021+ (15:00–17:00, CET+2/Moscow Time). The session is going to be held as part of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2020-2021.

The XV session of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Stakeholder Dialogue marks the 30th anniversary of the Interreg – the main EU regions’ cooperation instrument both within the EU and beyond. This year the session participants look back on how the cooperation between Russian regions and BSR EU partners started more than 20 years ago and how it has evolved, what the current results are and what we can expect from the upcoming programme period.

Organizers: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Russian National Sub-Committee of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, St. Petersburg Committee for External Relations, Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat, ICSER Leontief Centre.

Broadcast Link

Session programme and presentations
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13 October 2020

New Concept of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Russian Federation Approved

The Concept envisages cross-border cooperation (CBC) goals, types and directions in the Russian Federation, measures to foster CBC, areas of activity that can be recommended for CBC development.

CBC can be carried out though, inter alia: holding meetings, consultations and CBC events; concluding contracts on CBC between the Russian Federation and foreign states in due course; concluding contracts on CBC between regional governments of CBC regions in the Russian Federation and State territorial, administrative territorial units of neighboring states, and also State authorities of neighboring states.

The Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of February 9, 2001 № 196 is no longer valid.

The Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of October 7, 2020 № 2577 “On Approval of the Concept of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Russian Federation” (rus)
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30 September 2020

Great project pictures that tell great Interreg stories!

More than seventy pictures competed in the Interreg Baltic Sea Region photo competition. Which projects were the best in illustrating transnational cooperation, grasping the essence of a project and its result, and presenting the 30th anniversary of Interreg? Congratulations to the teams of BalticRIM, RESQU2, Baltic Game Industry, EcoDesign Circle and GoSmart BSR!

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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28 September 2020

Next steps taken to develop the future Programme

More than 40 representatives of the EU Member States, neighbouring partner countries, European Commission and the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat convened online at the Joint Programming Committee Task Force meeting last week. Together they examined to-date developments in the programming of the future Interreg Baltic Sea Region, and agreed on subsequent steps.

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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23 September 2020

Interreg projects from the region gain EU wide visibility

Two Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects - EcoDesign Circle and NonHazCity - have reached the finals of two EU wide campaigns: RegioStars Awards 2020 and the Interact Project Slam. Both projects showcase how cooperation in an Interreg project actively contributes to a greener Europe.

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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3 September 2020

“We want all citizens in Europe to become tox-free”

The NonHazCity projects are a great example of how Europeans with smart ideas successfully cooperate to turn good solutions into common practice. Environmentalists, public officials and researchers from eight countries demonstrate how we can reduce the amounts of hazardous substances that enter the environment from sources that cannot be controlled by traditional water treatment, e.g. offices, schools, recreational facilities and businesses. Read here about the household check — a unique tool to reach out to private households and to initiate better consumption decisions. The concerted approach of NonHazCity is innovative and far-reaching which is why the projects are flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The project is being implemented with the participation of the Russian partner — Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation.

Lead partner — Riga City.

Learn more

News Source: Interreg BSR MA/JS
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20 July 2020

Take Part in the Public Consultation on the Thematic Framework of the Future Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027!

Anyone interested in the thematic framework of the future Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme is invited to take part in the public consultation. Public consultation is open from 13 July to 4 September 2020.

Learn more
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13 July 2020

Shape the Programme: Public Consultation Is Open!

The next Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027 is taking shape. It will be built upon knowledge and experience of people who think that cooperation is the right way to make our region a better place to work and live in.

All EU Member States and neighbouring partner countries around the Baltic Sea have agreed on the seven topics for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. We open public consultation to hear about your comments on the selection of topics and your proposals for improvements.

Your opinion matters. We are waiting for your comments and proposal until 4 September 2020.

For more information about the public consultation and the overall development process of the future Programme, visit the Programme website.

Source: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat
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5 June, 2020

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

On June 5, the Russian National Sub-Committee online meeting was held.

Opening remarks were delivered by: Syuzanna Vatfa, Advisor at Interregional and Cross-Border Cooperation Unit, Department for Development and Regulation of Foreign Economic Activity, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The meeting was chaired by Liana Maximova, Deputy Minister — Head of the Agency for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of the Kaliningrad Region.

The meeting aimed to consider project applications with the Russian participation, submitted during the second call for extension stage and during the second call for the seed money. Assessment criteria included the contribution of expected results to regional development, 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, a number of project applications have been included in the official list of applications, which will be supported by the Russian side at the Monitoring Committee meeting during the discussion and selection of projects for funding.

At the second part of the meeting, Igor Kapyrin informed the RNSC members about the preparations for the new Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2021-2027.
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7 April, 2020

COVID-19 updates

Guidance to partners of projects funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region concerning the COVID-19 pandemic

In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) of Interreg Baltic Sea Region receives requests from project partners regarding the implementation of their projects. In general, we as the MA/JS consider it our joint responsibility to minimise the spreading of the corona virus. Here we provide advise to our project partners which is updated as the situation evolves. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the responsible project officer at the MA/JS.

The team of the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat

Learn more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/covid-19.html
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4 December, 2019

What Russian partners do in Interreg projects: 5 examples from the Baltic Sea Region

As many as 43 Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects are working together with Russian partners, showcasing that the same cause unites people beyond borders. From innovating businesses to saving energy and improving mobility – Russian partners are active in all thematic fields of the Programme. But what do they actually do?

Russian partners are team players in solving joint challenges that, for example, affect the Baltic Sea waters, or in grasping opportunities that increase the competitiveness of the region. In this way, great solutions jointly developed become common practice across the Baltic Sea region. The five examples below show a glimpse of the benefits such an exchange of know-how brings for businesses and city administrations.

Learn more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/what-russian-partners-do-in-interreg-projects-5-examples-from-the-baltic-sea-region.html

Information Seminar-Dialogue "The Baltic Sea Region: Russia-EU Transnational Cooperation Results and Perspectives" at the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2019
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29 October, 2019

Russia-EU Transnational Cooperation Results and Perspectives in the Baltic Sea Region Discussed at the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2019

On October 28, the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2019 hosted an information seminar-dialogue “The Baltic Sea Region: Russia-EU Transnational Cooperation Results and Perspectives”. This year’s round table has been focused on the first results achieved within the INTERREG BSR 2014-2020, as well as on the opportunities and cooperation areas between Russian regions and BSR EU partners in the next programme period. The organizers managed to provide a wide range of speakers and build up vibrant and meaningful dialogs – the round table has brought together EU and Russian partners of 11 projects covering three Programme priorities.

Learn more: https://forumstrategov.ru/eng/program/stol70.html
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25 September, 2019

European Cooperation Day in St. Petersburg: celebrating joint achievements with our neighbours

On 25 September 2019, St. Petersburg welcomed more than 150 participants from the EU countries and Russia at the interactive event “Nature as our common treasure” held in the framework of the European Cooperation Day. Focusing on nature protection and sustainable environmental management, the event showcased how seamless cooperation across borders leads to developing joint solutions to common challenges.

Learn more: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/news-detail/news/european-cooperation-day-in-st-petersburg-celebrating-joint-achievements-with-our-neighbours.html
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18 June, 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