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CROSS BORDER COOPERATION – ADVANCING REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT. European Cooperation Day September 201 2. Cross - border Cooperation in European Union. Cross-border and transnational co-operation – one of the key priorities for the European Union’s funds:

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  2. Cross-border Cooperation in European Union Cross-border and transnational co-operation– one of the key priorities for the European Union’s funds: • Important to help public authorities and other institutions on either side of a border to work together • European Union has been supporting such co-operation on internal EU borders for many years (from 1989 with INTERREG programmes) • Cross-border cooperation between European and Russian border areas on external EU borders has been supported from 1997 (with Tacis CBC programme)

  3. History of European Neighbourhood Policy In 2003 the European Union launched its New European Neighbourhood Policy. Aimed at working with neighbouring countries towards improving: (a) conditions for the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons, (b) developing a zone of prosperity and friendly neighbourhood. That includes strengthening relations and cooperation with all neighbouring countries including Russia.

  4. European Neighbourhood Policy What is Neighbourhood? • In its wider sense, the EuropeanUnion and its neighbours workingtogether • More specifically, it concernsco-operation across the externalborder of the EU – cross-border and transnational co-operation It helps to avoid drawing new dividing lines in Europe and to promote stability and prosperity within and beyond new EU borders

  5. Cross-border Cooperation Programmes within ENPI • New stage of cooperation – EU Member States and Partner Countries • Adopted 13 Programmes out of planned 15 Programmes (9 land borders, 3 sea crossings and 3 sea basin programmes) • The programmes involving Russian Federation • "Kolarctic-Russia" (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia) • "Karelia-Russia" (Finland, Russia) • "South East Finland-Russia" (Finland, Russia) • "Estonia-Latvia-Russia” • "Lithuania-Poland-Russia" (the Kaliningrad programme)

  6. Overview of ENPI CBC legal framework EC Guidance notes FinancingAgreement JMC/PSC rules

  7. Main features of the ENPI programmes • European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument – promoting stability and prosperity on and beyond the borders of the European Union • Countries participating in the implementation of the Programme are involved into Programme implementation and decision making on the equal basis

  8. ENPI CBC Land border, Sea Crossing and Sea Basin Programmes 2007 – 2013 Programmes with landborder Programmes with oversea border 9

  9. Aim of the Programme and Priorities • The strategic objective of the Programme is to promote joint development activities for the improvement of the region’s competitiveness by utilising its potential and beneficial location on the cross roads between the EU and Russian Federation • Priorities : • Socio-economic development • Common challenges • Promotion of people to people cooperation

  10. Priorities of the Programme (1) Priority 1 Socio-economic development • Fostering of socio-economic development and encouraging business and entrepreneurship • Transport, logistics and communication solutions • Tourism development

  11. Priorities of the Programme (2) Priority 2 Common challenges • Joint actions aimed at protection of environment and natural resources • Preservation and promotion of cultural and historical heritage and support of local traditional skills • Improvement of energy efficiency 12

  12. Priorities of the Programme (3) Priority3 Promotion of people to people cooperation • Development of local initiative, increasing administrative capacities of local and regional authorities • Cooperation in spheres of culture, sport, education, social and healthcare

  13. Programme area • Estonia Kirde-Eesti, Lõuna-Eesti, Kesk-Eesti;adjoining: Põhja-Eesti • Latvia Latgale, Vidzeme; adjoining: Riga City and Pieriga • Russia Leningrad Region, Pskov Region and Saint Petersburg

  14. Summary budget of the Programme Additional financing made available from Estonian State budget for large scale cross-border projects involving partners from Estonia and Russia is 9 081 558 EUR

  15. Implementation period of the Programme • Grant Contracts for projects have to be signed before31 December 2013 • Implementation of projects has to be finalized before 31 December 2014

  16. Programme implementation structure • xxx

  17. Tasks of implementation bodies 18

  18. Programme territory and location of JTS and Branch Offices JTS BO St.Petersburg Russia • JTS Main Office: • Riga, Latvia • BranchOffices: • Estonia: • Tartu • Johvi • Russia: • St.Petersburg • Pskov JTS BO Johvi, Estonia JTS BO Tartu, Estonia JTS BO Pskov, Russia JTS Riga, Latvia 19

  19. JTS at work

  20. 1st Open Call for Proposals

  21. 1st Call in figures (1)

  22. 1st Open Call for Proposals (1) Focus on Support to Applicants • Over 1000consultations provided • More than 1000peopleconsulted • Over 100answers to FAQs published on Programme website

  23. 1st Open Call for Proposals (2) Seminar in Valmiera, Latvia Application packs in JTS, Riga

  24. 1st Call in figures (2) Submitted applications by Programme Priorities Submitted applications per country

  25. Financing (1)

  26. Financing (2) 1st Open Call for ProposalsProgramme grants per Measure Awarded Grants by Programme Measures

  27. Partnerships Project Partners per country Amount of partners in the projects Number of projects

  28. Support to projects Beneficiary seminars

  29. Example of Project – Priority 1 Exploring the history of narrow gauge railway EHNGR Enhance the historical research of railway history in Estonia and Russia and increase accessibility of tourism information Total project budget:EUR 230 000 Duration:18 months Project partners (2): • TuriRural Municipality (EST) • Non-profit organization “ImperatorskiVoksal” (RUS) 30

  30. Example of Project – Priority 2 Tartu, Rezekne, Pskov: GreenManagement forUrbanDevelopment & Planning in EE-LV-RU BorderCapitalsGreenMan Promotion of effective green management policies, practices and innovations, and learning opportunities in green management for students; increase of greenery and attractiveness of the cities in Estonia-Latvia-Russia border area for their residents and visitors. Total project budget:EUR 1 750 000 Duration:24 months Project partners (10): • NGO “Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov”(RUS) • 9 partners in EST, LAT and RUS 31

  31. Example of Project – Priority 3 Improving availability of medical information and counselling MEDINF Increasing the availability of medical counselling services viatelephone, internet and other means by using ICT solutions (algorithm-based counselling software and Counselling Centre) in the border areas of Estonia and Russia Total project budget:EUR 300 000 Duration:27 months Project partners (): • Estonian Advice Centres (North-East Estonia) • 4 partners in EST, LAT and RUS 32

  32. 2nd Restricted Call for Proposals

  33. Timeline 34

  34. Concept Note Evaluation Stage 35

  35. Concept Note Evaluation Stage Requested grant funding by Programme Measures (%) 36

  36. 2ndCall: Interim Results

  37. 2ndCallFinancial Envelope

  38. Focus on Support to potential applicants and partners Seminar in Valka, Latvia Seminar inRakvere, Estonia Open Day inPskov, Russia Open Day in Riga, Latvia

  39. Large Scale Projects

  40. Large Scale Projects Large scale cross-border projects (LSPs) are strategic investment projects contributing to socio-economic development of the whole cross-border area and having a strong political support at the national level. • 30% of the Programme financing has been allocated to the LSPs, in addition Estonian co-financing of ca. EUR 9,0 million has been allocated to the LSPs; • 6proposals have been selected and approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee, and by the European Commission; • 5 Applications have received final approval from EC; • 2 Grant Contracts are signed in July 2012. 41

  41. Main topics of the LSPs • Improvement of the border crossing infrastructure on the borders between Estonia - Russian Federation and Latvia –Russian Federation • Renovation of wastewater treatment plants around Lake Peipsi • Development of Narva–Ivangorod fortress ensemble 42

  42. Improvement of traffic and border crossing possibilities in Varska-Pechory monastery roadSAFE ROAD Total project budget: EUR 6 463 356,20 Grant Contract: Signed in July 2012 Project partners (4): • Estonian Road Administration (EST) • Administration of Pechory District (RUS) • Municipal Culture Institution “Pechory Culture Centre” (RUS) • General partnership “Shans&Co” (RUS) 43

  43. Complex reconstruction border crossing points in Invangorod and in Narva Totalprojectbudget: EUR 8 221 126 Grant Contract: Expected to be signed in September 2012 Project partners(4): • Estonian Ministry of the Interior (EST) • The Federal Agency for the Development of the State Border Facilities of the Russian Federation (Rosgranitsa) (RUS) • State Real Estate Ltd. (EST) • Federal State Budget institution Rosgranstroy (RUS) 44

  44. Economically and environmentally sustainable Lake Peipsi area Totalprojectbudget: EUR 8 362 897 Grant Contract: Expected to be signed in September 2012 Project partners(11): • Estonian Ministry of the Interior (EST) • Tartu City Government (EST) • Mustvee City Government (EST) • Kallaste City Government (EST) • Rapina Rural Municipality Government (EST) • State Committee on Natural Management and Protection of the Environment in Pskov Region (RUS) • Administration of Gdovsky Area (RUS) • Administration of Pskovsky Area (RUS) • Administration of Pechorsky Area (RUS) • State Institution of Social Service “Pervomaysky Psycho-neurologic Dispensary” (RUS) • Municipal enterprise of the Pskov city “Gorvodokanal” (RUS) 45

  45. Reconstruction of border checkpoint “Vientuli” (LAT) and arrangement of border checkpoint “Brunishevo” (RUS) Total project budget: EUR 6 444 444 Grant Contract: Expected to be signed in September 2012 Project partners (3): • State JSC “State Real Estate” (LAT) • Federal Agency for Development of the State Border Facilities of Russian Federation (Rosgranitsa) (RUS) • Federal State Budget institution Rosgranstroy (RUS) 46

  46. Information and Visibility of the Programme

  47. Key Events 2012

  48. Programme webpage • on-line registration system for events • project search tool • news in 4 languages • projects can publish their news • subscription to programme news www.estlatrus.eu

  49. Programme participation in European Cooperation Day • at least 25 Projects of the Programme (including 2 LSPs) are participating • about 20 different activities (out of ca. 150 Europe wide) for local communities in 32 localplacesin the Programme area • 6 Promotional Projects • media www.ecday.eu

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