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About the Programme

OBJECTIVE

The Interreg South Baltic Programme aims at unlocking South Baltic’s potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between local and regional actors from Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. Building on the maritime character of the Programme, “blue growth” addresses the economic potential of the Baltic Sea for growth and jobs across the shores of the South Baltic. At the same time, “green growth” underlines the need to pursue the path of economic growth in balance with the environment, in particular by utilising South Baltic’s rich natural and cultural heritage in a sustainable and preserving manner.

 

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PRIORITIES AND SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The Programme resources are invested in key areas relevant for the South Baltic blue and green economy. These are called specific objectives. Your potential project is expected to correspond with one of them.

Priority Axis 1: Strengthening international activeness and innovation capacity of the South Baltic blue & green economy 

  • Specific Objective 1.1: Increase the presence of blue and green sector SMEs from the South Baltic area on international markets through joint cross-border actions
  • Specific Objective 1.2: Improve the transfer of innovation for the benefit of blue and green sector SMEs through joint cross-border actions

Priority Axis 2: Exploiting the environmental and cultural potential of the South Baltic area for blue and green growth 

  • Specific Objective 2.1: Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations
  • Specific Objective 2.2: Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area 

Priority Axis 3: Improving cross-border connectivity for a functional blue and green transport area 

  • Specific Objective 3: Improve the quality and environmental sustainability
    of transport services in the South Baltic area 

Priority Axis 4: Boosting human resource capacities for the area’s blue and green economy 

  • Specific Objective 4: Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions 

Priority Axis 5: Increasing cooperation capacity of local actors 

  • Specific Objective 5: Improve the cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks

 

BENEFICIARIES

The following types of organisations can form partnerships and submit applications (non-exhaustive list):

  • Public administrations and agencies;
  • Public or private (having either public or non-profit character) companies dealing with communal and municipal environmental and energy management, public transport or transport infrastructure administration;
  • chambers of commerce, clusters and business support organisations;
  • R&D facilities and educational institutions;
  • labour offices and unions, employer organisations;
  • associations of public or private bodies and NGOs,
  • natural and cultural heritage protection organisations.

 

BUDGET

The Programme provides co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for cooperation activities between two or more organisations from at least two participating Member States. The funds available for cross-border efforts that unlock the potential for blue and green growth amount to ca. 78 M EUR. The co-financing rate for Polish, Lithuanian and German beneficiaries is up to 85% of their eligible project costs, while Swedish and Danish beneficiaries receive up to 75% of ERDF co-financing. The ERDF co-financing is paid on the basis of semi-annual reimbursements.

 

MANAGING AUTHORITY

Territorial Cooperation Department, Ministry of Economic Development

Programme website for further information: www.southbaltic.eu

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The portal co-financed from the funds of European Regional Development Fund,
European Social Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

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