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The Baltic Sea as an interface: The countries bordering the Baltic Sea have been working together for more than thirty years on improving competitiveness and social cohesion of the Region as well as the ecological status of the Baltic Sea. The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme is an essential component of these efforts and a key element of the project-based Baltic Sea cooperation. It continues despite all the new adversities.
Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony (Lueneburg), Schleswig-Holstein
The Baltic Sea Region is characterised by the sea, its large area and a comparably sparse population. Accordingly, resilience to crises and the way how to manage maritime protection and climate crisis play an important role. Good public services or “blue growth” are just as much issues as the circular economy, the energy transition and smart mobility. The Baltic Sea Region comprises the eight EU member states Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, northern and eastern parts of Germany as well as Norway. The political-strategical networking in the Baltic Sea Region to overcome large structural disparities between the western and the eastern part has a long tradition. Since 2009, it has moreover been the first area with a macroregional EU strategy successfully implemented also under the Baltic Sea Region Programme.
The Baltic Sea Region Programme supports projects concerning the following four priorities:
Under the Baltic Sea Region Programme, at least three financing partners from at least three different countries join within a project. A lead partner assumes the overall control of a project.
The Programme addresses public and private stakeholders. Examples of partners eligible for funding under the Baltic Sea Region Programme:
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is an instrument of the European regional policy. Its aim is to exploit chances and to join forces in facing problems resulting from the protection of the Baltic Sea Region, regional integration and increasing prosperity. The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme is one of the most important funding programmes bringing the Strategy into life. But also other national and EU programmes are used to this end.
Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 Programme document (PDF)
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