Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013General OverviewHow to Apply Seminar29th February 2012 – CopenhagenChristopher Parker
Background • Builds on successes Interreg IIIB Northern Periphery Programme: • Total allocated funding to projects €30.2 million • 62 preparatory and 47 main projects • 400 project partners • 68% of all projects involved SMEs • Case study binder available • Shift to the new programme period: • Additions to the programme area • More funding available for projects: €45 million • Official name: Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013 • Operational Programme approved in September 2007
Available Funding 2007 - 2013 • Types of funding: • European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) for Member States • ERDF equivalent for Non Member States • Public/Public-like match funding • Amounts available: • € 35.115 million ERDF • € 10.155 million ERDF equivalent • € 33.565 million match funding • Total programme budget (incl. match funding): €90 million
Programme Area Regions in 9 programme partner countries EU Member States: Finland Ireland Northern Ireland Scotland Sweden Non Member States: Faroe Islands Greenland Iceland Norway
Geographical Flexibility • Projects should always involve partners from within programme area BUT: • Up to 10% of programme funds may be used to finance expenditure incurred by partners located in adjacent regions in Russia and Canada. • Up to 20% of ERDF may be used to finance expenditure incurred by partners located outside the programme area but inside the European Union, and up to 20% of Norwegian funds may be used to finance expenditure incurred by Norwegian partners located outside the eligible programme area in Norway. • Use of geographical flexibility must be justified in the application • The criteria shall be applied as an exception • Only when it delivers a significant contribution to the benefit of the programme area that is not otherwise available.
Common Characteristics Geography Sparsely populated area /low population density Rurality, insularity and peripherality Low accessibility Environment Harsh climate and difficult terrain High quality but vulnerable environment Abundance of natural resources Threat of climate change
Common Characteristics Economical and social A flexible and skilled labour force Dependence on single economic activities and public employment Aging population and youth out-migration Rich cultural heritage Projects should especially focus on the characteristics of the programme area: rurality, peripherality and insularity
Priority 1Promoting innovation and competitiveness in remote and peripheral areas i. Innovation, networks and competitiveness ii. Accessibility Objective: To facilitate development by the use of advanced information and communication technologies and transport Examples: ICT to overcome distance ICT to modernise and innovate industries and businesses innovative solutions for transport infrastructure subject to harsh climatic conditions transport schemes that benefit rural communities, e.g. new maritime routes maritime safety in remote areas with arctic, harsh conditions the capacity to respond to and prepare for emergencies and natural disasters • Objective: To promote competitiveness by increasing and developing the capacity for innovation and networking in rural and peripheral areas • Examples: • Exchange of best practice and cooperation networks between R&D and SMEs • Transnational cooperation networks and knowledge transfer to develop existing and innovative products • Cooperation and exchange of best practice between SMEs on how to reach markets with new and existing products
Priority 2Sustainable development of natural and community resources i. Environment as an asset in the periphery ii. Urban-rural development and promotion of heritage Objective: To improve sustainable development in peripheral regions by strengthening urban-rural relations and enhancing regional heritage. Examples: Urban-rural partnerships for new service solutions Innovative provision of existing and new services in the periphery private, public and voluntary sectors cooperation to develop new and innovative service solutions for peripheral regions promotion of natural and cultural heritage that supports the development of sustainable industries • Objective: To strengthen the synergies between environmental protection and growth in remote and peripheral regions. • Examples: • Efficient and sustainable management and utilisation of resources • Impact of climate change and means to reduce it at a community level • Small scale renewable energy solutions
Project Setup • 2 types of projects: • Preparatory projects: to generate high quality main project applications • Requirements: • >2 partner countries • Address programme priorities • Public match funding • Strategic and Main projects: to implement a project idea addressing the objectives of the programme • Requirements: • >3 partner countries; at least one Member State • Eligible public match funding • Budget • Preparatory projects: max. €30,000 with a grant rate of 60% (up to €18,000) • Main projects: between €250,000 and €1.5 million. Maximum €3 million • General grant rates: 60% for Member States, 50% for Non Member States Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway and Greenland. Note: Please check the relevant call announcement for call specific budget limits and grant rates!
Current programme status – “ A Snap shot” Overview • Where are we today? • Programme commitment level • Available funding • Main and strategic project themes • On going activities • Preparatory projects
Programme commitment level • To date: • 42 main and strategic projects and 32 preparatory project approved • In total 97% of programme budget has been allocated after the 8th call for main applications
Main projects current status • The NPP 2007 – 2013 Programme Monitoring Committee has approved 42 main project in two priorities:- Priority 1: 26 projects and Priority 2: 18 projects • Programme secretariat has received 84 applications • 7 strategic projects are on-going:- SMALLEST, RASLRES, RTS, TG4NP, ITTS, SECRE, Recruit and Retain • NPP target for main projects is 40 which includes 8 strategic project
Preparatory projects • The NPP 2007 – 2013 Programme Monitoring Committee delegated authority to the Programme secretariat to approve preparatory projects and make funding decisions. • The Programme Secretariat has assessed 71 and approved 32 preparatory projects • Committed funds preparatory projects: € 635 000 (Remaining approx. € 108 000) • Special preparatory project call from June 2011 for the preparation of strategic project call in 2012
Programme activities • Events • Lead partner seminar – Final project reporting and new lead partner seminar –February 22nd.Final Report package seminar, which is especially relevant for those projects due to finish during the second half of 2012. • Lead Partners will learn what is expected from them when closing an NPP project and what information should be provided in each of the 3 main templates: Final Project Claim Final Administrative Report Final Content Report. • Annual conference – November 15th in Derry, Northern Ireland working title theme:- ”Transformation Forum: Creating a Vibrant Northern Periphery” • “Lead partner seminar - November 14th in Derry, Northern Ireland
Programme activities - Next Steps • A Main and Strategic Project Development Clinic was be held for project applicants on February 28th, 2012 in Copenhagen • On 29th February 2012, a “How to apply” seminar for strategic and main project applicants will be held in Copenhagen. • Preparatory project call supporting main and strategic project development ends March 31, 2012 • The deadline of the Call for Main and Strategic Projects 2nd of May 2012.
Achievements • Closing projects – 4 Main projects and 16 preparatory projects • Strategic projects approved – 7 • Main projects approved– 42 • Preparatory projects approved – 32 • RegioStars 2009 Finalist - Roadex IV • RegioStars 2011 Finalist – No Cry II • RegioStars 2011 Winner – Our Life as Elderly • RegioStars 2012 Finalist - O4O Inclusive growth: Addressing the challenge of demographic change and supporting active ageing. http://www.northernperiphery.eu/en/news/show/&tid=235
Contact Details – Programme Secretariat • Northern Periphery Programme Secretariat Strandgade 91, 4. sal DK-1401 Copenhagen K, DENMARKFax: +45 3283 3775 • Niclas Forsling – Head of Secretariat • Tel. +45 3283 3786, mobile +45 2511 2344, email@example.com • Christopher Parker – Programme Manger for Project Development Support • Tel. +45 3283 3782, mobile +45 2511 2391, firstname.lastname@example.org • Kirsti Mijnhijmer – Programme Manager for Information & Communication • Tel. +45 3283 3784, email@example.com • Rachel Burn – Project Officer • Tel. +45 3283 3785, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Details – Regional Contact Points Norway Sweden Mr Bernt Vedin Region Västerbotten Norrlandsgatan 13, Box 443 S-901 09 Umeå Tel.: +46 90 16 37 17 Fax: + 46 90 16 37 19 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.regionvasterbotten.se Mr Ole Kolstad Nordland County Council Fylkeshuset N-8048 Bodø Tel.:+47 94861306 E-mail: Ole.Kolstad@Nfk.no Website: www.nfk.no
Contact Details – Regional Contact Points Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Ms Teresa Lennon SEUPB, EU House 6 Cromac Place Belfast BT7 2JB Tel.: + 44 28 90 266 723 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.seupb.eu Mr Michael O'Brien BMW Regional Assembly The Square Ballaghaderreen County Roscommon Tel.:+353 949862970 Fax: +353 949862973 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.bmwassembly.ie
Contact Details – Regional Contact Points Finland Iceland Ms Sigridur Elin Thordardottir Institute of Regional Development in Iceland Ártorg 1 IS - 550 Sauðárkrókur Iceland Tel.: +354 4555400 Fax. +354 4554477 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.byggdastofnun.is Ms Paula Mikkola Regional Council of Lapland P.O. Box 8056 FIN-96101 Rovaniemi Finland Tel.:+358 16 2114 324 Mobile: +358 40 7118 380 Fax: +358 16 318 705 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.lapinliitto.fi
Contact Details – Regional Contact Points Faroe Islands Scotland Ms Denise Pirie Highlands & Islands Enterprise Cowan House, Inverness Retail & Business Park IV2 7GF Inverness Tel: +44 1463 244252 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hient.co.uk Mr Jakup Sørensen NORA (Nordisk Atlantsamarbejde) Bryggjubakki 12 Box 259 FO-110 Tórshavn Tel: +298 30 69 94 Mob: +298 21 29 59 Fax. +298 35 31 01 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.nora.fo
Contact Details – Regional Contact Points Greenland Mr Jan Mørch Pedersen Greenland Business Qullilerfik 2, 4. floor 3900 Nuuk Tel: +299 34 28 93 Mobile: +299 53 87 08 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.greenland.com
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