Sweden and Finland have published their calls for transnational project proposals in the 2016 EUropean Social Fund co-ordinated call. Each covers four themes.

The Swedish ESF Council is launching this call in order to promote project cooperation and mutual learning among the member states of the European Union. The aim is to apply or develop methods in a transnational context together with at least one partner from another member state (preferably at least two), within the following themes:

  • Social Economy
  • Inclusion
  • Youth Employment (NEETS and mobility)
  • Migrants.

The deadline for the call in Sweden is 30 September 2016.

The four themes for this first call for transnational proposals funder by ESF in Finland are:

  • Employment
  • Youth employment
  • Learning and skills
  • Social inclusion

Specific priority will be given to projects addressing the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and projects demonstrating social innovation. The deadline for submission in Finland is 3 October 2016.

More information is available if you click here.

The organisers of the 7th Startegy Forum for EUSBSR in Stockholm, Sweden received more than 70 proposals by the deadline of 17 May 2016.

Some subjects raise the topics of (examples):

  • What happens if we do not work to improve the conditions of the Baltic Sea?
  • Can we envisage a "Vision Zero" for serious maritime accidents in the Baltic Sea?
  • How can culture and tourism interact?

The programming committee is now analysing the suggstions and will inform the groups that made their proposals by mid-June about which proposals are accepted and give deadlines for presentations in the official programme.

The outline for the programme is available on the Forum web.



Sweden has built a new website for the 7th Strategy Forum in Stockholm, Sweden 8-9 November 2016. The site has been opened today and there you will find all relevant information about the Forum. Registration for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and BDF Summit will open the 22 August!

The new website is available if you click here.

The funding for this call from the Swedish Institute aims to promote economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and contribute to greater integration.

The idea for this call is to broaden and deepen relations and cooperation between the countries in the region, based on EU cooperation in general and on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in particular. The support focuses on the inclusion of non-EU countries in the region in current EU partnerships.

The EU Strategy and Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Region calls for the challenges in the region to be addressed through transboundary and cross sectoral cooperation. In addition, it is important to involve relevant decision-making levels from the intergovernmental down to the local level.

The application period is 15 April – 30 September 2016.  A decision is usually announced at the latest two months after the application has been submitted. More information if you click here.

The Interreg Baltic Sea region programme has allocated 46 millions for EUSBSR flagships. These designated projects cover ten (10) out of 17 policy areas and horizontal actions of the EUSBSR.

The implementation of the EUSBSR is financed by different national and EU funds. One of them is Interreg Baltic Sea Region which stimulates cooperation between regions in Europe using funds of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

More detailed information about the programme support to EUSBSR if you click here.

Have you registered to 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) yet? We would like to inform you the programme of the event has been updated.   

If you have not registered yet, please do so at the earliest opportunity as space will be limited. You can easily register here. The deadline for registration is 9 May.

This two-day forum, co-organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 12-13 May 2016.



Interact Programme is opening a call for tenders on a study  “Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)”.

The call for tenders is published in Finnish procurement system HILMA and can be found here.

Please note that the deadline for application is 12 May 2016.


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund was launched a call focusing on transfer of innovative solutions to sea basin economies. Under this call, the Commission is putting up a total of €2.52 million to encourage public-private partnerships that will support the transfer of new technologies and research results into commercial applications and coordinate strategic investment at sea-basin level (Atlantic, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean or North Sea).

The deadline for submission for this call for proposals is 30 September 2016 at 16.00 (Brussels time).

More information could be found here.

The 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Government of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik, Croati on 12/13 May 2016. This event will take stock of the progress of the Strategy since its endorsement by the European Council in October 2014, and will contribute to define the way ahead.

For information on the programme click here and in order to register click here.

Seed funding is a project funding that Swedish actors can apply for within the framework of the Baltic Sea cooperation scheme. This type of funding is designed to create and develop new project partnerships that encourage economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and, by extension, deeper integration in the region.

The project activities must be clearly linked to a Baltic Sea Regional context. The projects are required to tackle a common challenge identified in one or other of the following: the EU’s Eastern Partnership, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Region, and/or the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). The application period for 2016 ends on 14 April 2016.

Please note that only partners from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and in some cases in Moldova and Georgia can be funded. Partners from Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway and Iceland are welcome to participate in the projects without funding.

More information if you click here.