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Interreg IIC /IIIB BSR Secretariat/W.Görmar, October 2001. Interreg III B for the Baltic Sea Region (2000-2006). BSR Interreg III B Programme. 1. WHAT IS THE INTERREG III B PROGRAMME ABOUT? - co-operation area and objectives . 2. WHAT TOPICS ARE ADDRESSED?

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Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg IIC/IIIB BSR Secretariat/W.Görmar, October 2001

Interreg III B for the Baltic Sea Region

(2000-2006)


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

BSR Interreg III B Programme

1. WHAT IS THE INTERREG III B PROGRAMME ABOUT?

- co-operation area and objectives

2. WHAT TOPICS ARE ADDRESSED?

- priorities and measures

- focus of the programme

3. HOW MUCH MONEY WILL BE AVAILABLE?

- EU funding and co-financing

4. WHAT PROJECTS WILL BE SELECTED

- selection criteria

5. HOW WILL THE PROGRAMME BE MANAGED?

disposition


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg III B timeframe:

  • Community Initiative Programme (CIP) to Commission

    • 4 December 2000

  • Approved by EU Commission on:

    • 14 September 2001

  • Decision on selection criteria and first application round

  • 25 September 2001

  • Final Approval Programme Complement

    • November/December 2001

  • First decisions on projects

    • Dec 2001(Next twice a year 1 Apr/1 Oct;

    • Final before 31 Dec 2006;

    • Final expenditure before 31 December 2008.

    • Mid-term evaluation before 31 December 2003


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg III B

Baltic Sea

Region

Community Initiative on:

Transnational Co-operation on Spatial Planning and Regional Development

map


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

11 BSR countries co-operate in Interreg III B

  • Denmark, Finland, Sweden:the whole country.

  • Germany:The Federal States (Länder) of Berlin, Brandenburg,

  • Hamburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,

  • Schleswig-Holstein and Niedersachsen (only NUTS II

  • area Regierungsbezirk Lüneburg).

  • Belarus:Minsk, Grodno, Brest and Vitebsk provinces.

  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland:the whole country.

  • Russia:Kaliningrad, St Petersburg surrounded by Leningrad

  • Oblast; the Karelian Republic, Pskov Oblast, Novgorod

  • Oblast and Murmansk Oblast.

  • Norway: the whole country.

co-operation area


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

General objectives

  • The Programme shall strengthen economic, social and spatial cohesion by focusing on disparities between different territories in order to reach an increased level of BSR integration and to form a sustainable part of Europe:

  • expanding BSR economy and strengthening its position in the global economy

  • increasing level of BSR integration

  • promoting a territorial balance by supporting weak points and building on strong points

  • forming a sustainable part of Europe

  • utilising efficiently the limited resources


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Quantified targets

  • Initiating actions within established national, regional and local systems laying ground for investments, which contribute to a stronger BSR economy – at least 50% of projects should be able to demonstrate results in that respect;

  • Enhancing transnationality of actions – at least 2/3 of projects should have financing partners from more than two countries;

  • Attracting the regional and local level to the programme implementation – at least 2/3 of project partners should be regional and local administrations;

  • Involving private partners more intensively – at least 10% of co-financing should come from public-like or private institutions;

  • Enhancing cross-sectoral approach in spatial planning - at least 75% of the projects should have a mixed partnership involving different sectors;

  • Enhancing more concrete physical outputs, such as small-scale infrastructure investment –between 10 and 20% of programme costs should be dedicated to small scale infrastructure investment;

  • Intensifying participation of E-BSR countries - at least half of the projects should have financial partners from E-BSR countries and financing from E-BSR partners should reach more than 15% of ERDF budget.


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Operational Goals

  • to promote an integrated multi-sector approach

  • to support and further develop a long-term spatial development perspective

  • to create and support transnational co-operation integrating sub-national authorities

  • to support concrete measures focused on overcoming problems and exploiting potentials


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

BSR Interreg III B GEOGRAPHICAL FOCUS

…overcoming disparities, such as:

  • EAST-WEST divide

  • NORTH-SOUTH divide

  • North - Eastern German Länder integration

  • Strengthening co-operation with Russia/Kaliningrad

…challenges:

  • Implementation of Northern Dimension Action Plan

  • Incorporation of Barents Region in transnational schemes

  • Further development of SWEBALTCOP/Institution building

  • Strengthening urban regions and more densely populated areas


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

  • Actions for strategic spatial development zones (macro-regions)

  • Concepts for energy and tourism sector

  • Networking ofmajor Urban Centres and urban-rural partnerships

  • Pan-Baltic intermodal transport strategies and better access to IT

  • Baltic green networks and natural/cultural landscapes as

  • attractive environment for business development

  • Wise management of natural resources (in particular water)

  • Integrated management for coastal zones and islands

  • Institutional building together with CEEC countries

Interreg III B THEMATIC FOCUS


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

BSR INTERREG III B CIP:PRIORITIES AND MEASURES

Priority 1: Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for specific territories and sectors

Measure 1:Supporting preparation and implementation of strategies for macro-regions

Measure 2:Promoting sustainable development of specific sectors

Measure 3:Strengthening sustainable development of coastal zones, islands and other specific areas

Priority 2: Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable BSR development

Measure 1:Promoting the development of balanced polycentric settlement structures

Measure 2: Creating sustainable communication links for improved spatial integration

Measure 3: Enhancing good management of cultural and natural heritage and of natural resources

Priority 3: Promotion of institution building, strengthening transnational spatial development

Priority 4: Technical Assistance to support transnational co-operation


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

The BSR Interreg III B programme

  • Financial allocation to priorities:

  • Priority 1: 30%

  • Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for specific territories and sectors

  • Priority 2: 50%

  • Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable BSR

  • development

  • Priority 3: 14,6%

  • Promotion of institution building, strengthening transnational spatial

  • development

  • Priority 4: 5,4%

  • Technical assistance to support transnational co-operation

financial allocation


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

  • Transnational spatial development concepts and pilot actions

  • Further investigations, which support preparation of investments

  • Concrete small-scale infrastructure investments

  • Marketing strategies, based on the project results, bridging the planning phase with market-oriented activities

  • …might also form part of projects:

  • Transnational exchange of experience

  • Training of professional staff together with participants from Non-EU states

  • Improvement of information basis


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

SMALL-SCALE INFRASTRUCTURE

Examples of such small scale infrastructure might be:

· information and innovation centres of transnational importance including soft- and hardware provisions,

· ICT networks,

· water management,

· thematic (tourist) routes,

· parts of buildings or building complexes (like entrance premises) information centres for tourist purposes,

· booking centres,

· demonstration and pilot projects.

The programme will not provide any finance for large infrastructure investments.


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg III B

  • Final beneficiaries (potential partners):

    • public authorities on national, regional,

    • sub-regional and local level

    • research and training institutions, foundations

    • NGOs

    • non profit organisations.

  • ERDF financing

    • maximum up to 75 % for Objective 1 areas

    • up to 50 % for all other areas

      • national co-financing from public or "public-like" sources, in cash or partly in kind.

beneficiaries and co-financing


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg III B Financial Plan

Denmark, Finland

Germany, Sweden

(Together 85,4 M€)

Norway (12 M€)

Phare/ Tacis

Others (national, bilateral, Pan-Baltic, private)

Baltic Sea Region:

97.1M€ ERDF in one common pool plus national co-financing (public or public-like)

ERDF

in addition:

24 M€

finances


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg III B project selection criteria

  • transnational (three partners, of which at least two should be

    financial contributors and one a Member State)

    • sustainable (long-term)

      • quantified (measurable)

        • multi-sectoral and territorial

  • concrete

  • operational

  • cost-effective

  • of appropriate size

  • (in principle) not longer than three years

selection criteria


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

  • Project selection criteria (PC Chapter 3)

  • a) Eligiblility criteria (from the CIP)

  • b) Selection criteria

  • c) General recommendation for project design

  • Appropriate size

  • Appropriate number of partners

  • Appropriate duration


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

  • IMPLEMENTATION STRUCTURE

  • -a joint Monitoring Committee

  • a joint Steering Committee

  • a joint programme management structure, performing the functions of the Management Authority, Paying Authority and Joint Secretariat

  • - national sub-committees and other supporting advisory groups

INTERREG III B in the BSR IMPLEMENTATION


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Project selection will be done by the Steering Committee

following open calls for applications to the Joint Secretariat

Calls for applications will be launched regularly, at least once in 2001, and twice per year between 2002 and 2006.

Special attention will be given to co-ordination of calls for application with those for Phare/Tacis instruments.

In line with the proactive approach to programme implementation, the Steering Committee may decide on special focus or requirements for individual calls.

INTERREG III B in the BSR IMPLEMENTATION


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

PRO-ACTIVITYELEMENTS

  • Rising awareness and giving information of programme and the PC

  • Encouraging and assisting of promising projects, which help to fulfil the programme objectives

  • Assisting projects in finding innovative approaches, appropriate partners and establishing transnational networks.

  • JS Activities:

  • Collect and publish project ideas (homepage and project catalogues)

  • Establish good and close contacts with national sub-committee secretariats

  • Transnational partner search- and information forums (PSF)

  • Monthly Newsletter

  • Seed money implementation


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

PROACTIVITY - INPUTS from Ministers responsible for

SpatialPlanning and Development - Wismar Declaration

Based on the priority themes of VASAB 2010 Plus emphasis will be placed on projects in need of transnational cooperation:

  • Fostering cross-sectoral cooperation and pilot actions for all strategic development zones and axes which significantly support integration in the Baltic Sea Region, for example cooperation in the South Baltic Arc, incorporating also the Kaliningrad region, cooperation in the South-western, South-eastern and Central BSR

  • Evaluating and complementing activities on pan-Baltic intermodal transport systems and pan-European Transport Networks from spatial planning and development point of view, taking into account balanced regional structures and environmental impacts, for example railway connections between the Baltic States and Central Europe

  • Enhancing integrated development of coastal zones and islands, extending spatial planning also to off-shore side

  • Promoting transnational thematic cultural routes, for example Route of Brick Gothic, as well as green networks and corridors, ensuring cross-border continuation and better binding together of national green networks.


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

PROGRAMME COMPLEMENT

A further specification of the programme is ensured in the Programme Complement and through active influence on project generation. Also the selection criteria are specified in the Programme Complement. The selection criteria might be specified, completed and further developed by the Monitoring Committee during the implementation process.

In the Programme Complement, information on detailed measures including their ex-ante evaluation and quantifying indicators, on categories of final beneficiaries, on financing of each measure (including public co-financing and estimated private contributions) and financing instruments as well as on information and publicity are provided.

BSR INTERREG III B CIP- MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Interreg iii b for the baltic sea region 2000 2006

Interreg III B

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