In 2016 Interact launched the study ‘Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)’. One of the steps within the study is to call upon a small focus group to test preliminary conclusions and recommendations made.

Thus the aim of the focus group is to debate draft results of the Study and recommendations of how programmes and projects can make better use of the added value that macro-regional strategies offer to them.

The focus group is scheduled for Thursday, 27 October 2016 to be held in Brussels.

More information and the registration form are available if you click here.

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The Commission has taken the initiative to push the strategic transnational cooperation in order to implement the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda.

The first step will be an online survey that will be launched soon. Based on the outcome there will be four interactive workshops in early 2017. All these activities are aiming at developing an implementation strategy for the Blue Growth in The Baltic Sea area. The strategy should be finalised during 2017.

More information about the planned processes is described in the attached document.

The first call for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region seed money opened 21 September 2016. Interested applicants are welcome to submit their applications until the 28 October 2016.

Seed money is funding provided by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme to support the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). With seed money support projects can be prepared for any funding source available in the region.

The seed money project applications are first evaluated by the EUSBSR Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators after which applications can be submitted to the Interreg BSR Programme. Final selection of seed money projects is done by the Monitoring Committee of the Programme by May 2017.

More information on Interreg BSR Programme's website.


The Russian Federation has made some EUR 4 million available to finance the participation of Russian organisations in the current second call for applications of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

At the same time, negotiations on EU financing for Russian organisations are still ongoing. Ideally, Russian national funds and EU funds will be combined. If the Financing Agreement comes late for the current call, project partners can count on Russian national funding administered by the Managing Authority.

More information on Interreg BSR Programme's website.


A new and extended version of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide has been released in both electronic and print form. The publication, aimed at all mariners at sea, gives a concise and easily understandable overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic.
The focus of the Baltic Sea Clean Shipping Guide is on commercial shipping which have to comply with the rules of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). However, some of the material are also relevant for smaller ships such as fishing boats, working vessels and pleasure craft. Even if specific coastal countries or ports may have deviating practices, the content should represent the regional best practice.
The guide can be downloaded if you click here.

The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference is arranged in Dublin, Ireland on 27 September 2016. The theme for this year is Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Atlantic Area. You will have the possibility to meet with potential partners in order to promote your projects, exchange good practices and experiences and discover new funding opportunities in the EU Atlantic Area.

Direct link to more information about the conference.

You can now register to the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR, One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region, and the 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit on 8 and 9 November in Stockholm, Sweden.

More than 50 sessions and seminars will gather key persons and drivers of change from business, politics and civil society to contribute to a vision for 2030. From the economic state of the Region to the environmental state of the Baltic Sea, from digital markets to youth social entrepreneurship. You will find more information about the agenda if you click here.

The Baltic Development Forum Summit starts in the morning of 8 November along with early arrivals seminars of the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR. The Strategy Forum is officially kicked-off with lunch at 12.00 and the opening inspirational session at 13.15.



Out of 35 projects approved by Interreg Baltic Sea Region in November 2015, 25 have now been designated as flagships for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). In total, EUR 66.6 million out of the Programme’s ERDF funding are allocated to these projects.


New flagships were approved by the Group of National Coordinators of the EUSBSR at the end of June. Eight of these are funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Programme. These eight new flagships include in particular transport projects and add to the 17  earlier designated flagships funded by the Programme. The Programme currently funds 25 flagship projects all together.

These designated projects cover twelve out of 17 policy areas and horizontal actions of the EUSBSR.

An updated programme has been released for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR. Detailed information about the event can be now found. Check the programme here. Concerning the proposals for seminars/workshops, applicants will be notified shortly. Information will be updated in the dedicated webpage.

One of the main sessions now announced in the programme addresses the potential of cooperation on digitalisation for the benefit of the whole EU. The Baltic Sea region countries are at the forefront of digitalisation in Europe. We have interviewed the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group who recently presented a report on the state of digital development. You find this interview at the Strategy Forum website.

Lastly, registration will open on 22 August.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Programme offers funds to coordinators of the policy areas and horizontal actions defined in the Action Plan of the EUSBSR. These funds are meant to support the coordinator work, i.e. to bring forward policy discussions and to engage  policy makers, flagship leaders and others eager to contribute to their region’s development. This week, the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region granted EUR 3.54 million for the coordination of all 17 policy areas and horizontal actions.

The Monitoring Committee also supports the partnership “Let’s communicate!” led by the Finnish Centrum Balticum Foundation with some EUR 0.5 million. “Let’s Communicate!” puts the Communication Strategy of the EUSBSR into practice. Throughout the project, coordinators and flagship leaders are equipped with communication tools and encouraged to engage in communication actions. The project applies storytelling techniques to show positive change in the region. One aim is to reach out to those target groups that are not familiar with the EUSBSR.

More detaiuled information about the decssions taken are available on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region web.