Presentation on theme: "Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme"— Presentation transcript:
1Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme A Community InitiativeBaltic Sea Region INTERREG III BNeighbourhood ProgrammeBelarusDenmarkEstoniaFinlandGermanyLatviaLithuaniaNorwayPolandRussiaSweden
2Content of the presentation Programme areaProgramme thematic contentProgramme managementProgramme budgetProject partnership and managementProject budgetProject implementationGood practiceMain challanges
3INTERREG III B programmes Alpine SpaceBaltic Sea RegionNorth Sea RegionAtlantic AreaArchimedSouth West EuropeNorth West EuropeWesters MediterraneanCADSESNorthern PeripheryMost remote regions(3 programmes)Approved by the EU Commission on 14 September 2001.All programme activities have to be finalized by the end of 2008Transnational cooperation on spatial planning and regional development
4Cooperation area: Denmark Sweden Finland Germany (North – East) EstoniaLithuaniaLatviaPolandNorwayBelarus (North – West)Russia (North – West & Kaliningrad)Germany - The Federal States (Länder) of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Niedersachsen (only NUTS II area Regierungsbezirk LüneburgBelarus - Minsk, Grodno, Brest and Vitebsk provincesRussia - Kaliningrad, St Petersburg surrounded by Leningrad Oblast as well as four hinterland areas, the Karelian Republic, Pskov Oblast, Novgorod Oblast and Murmansk Oblast+ Archangelsk i Nenzen okrug.
5Strategic objective:Strengtheningeconomic, social and spatial cohesionby promotingtransnational economic relationshipsin order to reach an increased level of BSR integration and to form a region with sustainable growth prospects.BSR IR III B Programme Strategic objectives should be achieved through:Expanding the BSR economy and strengthning its position in the global economy 2. Promoting a territorial balance by supporting weak points and building on strong points 3. Facilitating effecient utilisation of limited resources 4. Forming a sustainable part of Europe
6Programme priorities Priority 1: Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for specific territories and sectorsPriority 2:Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable BSR developmentPriority 3:Transnational and bilateral institution and capacity building in the Baltic Sea Region
7Programme priorities Priority 4 – border regions (committed) Cross-border (INTERREG III A) priorityEstonia-Latvia-Russia (North)Priority 6:Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus (South)Priority 7:Technical Assistance
8Measures in Priority 1Priority 1: Promotion of spatial development approaches and actions for specific territories and sectorsMeasure 1.1: Supporting joint strategies and implementation actions for macro-regionsMeasure 1.2: Promoting sustainable spatial development of specific sectorsMeasure 1.3: Strengthening integrated development of coastal zones, islands and other specific areas
9Measures in Priority 2Priority 2: Promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable BSR developmentMeasure 2.1: Promoting balanced polycentric settlement structuresMeasure 2.2: Creating sustainable communication links for improved spatial integrationMeasure 2.3: Enhancing good management of cultural and natural heritage and of natural resources
10Measures in Priority 3Priority 3: Transnational and bilateral institution and capacity building in the Baltic Sea RegionMeasure 3.1: Promotion of transnational institution and capacity buildingMeasure 3.2: Bilateral maritime cooperation across the Baltic Sea
11Examples of eligible activities: Ø Transnational studies and strategies Ø Preparation of investments Ø Transnational exchange of experience Ø Training of professional staff Ø Workshops, seminars, networking, etc.- Transnational studies and promotion of spatial development concepts - Further investigations, which support preparation of investments - Concrete small-scale infrastructure investments - Marketing strategies, based on the project results, bridging the planning phase with market-oriented activities …might also form part of projects: - Transnational exchange of experience - Training of professional staff together with participants from Non-EU states - Improvement of information basis
12BSR INTERREG III B management structure Monitoring Committee....Supervising the programmeSteering CommitteeSelection of projects and funding decisionsNational Sub-committeesInvestitionsbank Schleswig-HolsteinJoint SecretariatManaging AuthorityPaying AuthorityDKDESFINNPLLTLVESTRUday to day programme managementBYInformation and supportProject’sLead PartnerMunicipalities & RegionsProject PartnerProject PartnerProject PartnerProject Partner
13Programme funding ERDF funds: 149.0 M EURO* Norwegian national: M EUROTotal programme funding: M EUROAll ERDF available for III B priorities was committed in 1-8 rounds*including the additional funding from the new MS and IIIA priorities
14Partnership (minimum requirements) partners from three different countriestwo countries should be financial contributorsone partner from EUEach project should:involve partners from at least three different countries;at least two different countries should be financial contributors to the total project budget;There should be at least one partner from the EU MS.
15The Lead Partner Principle (example) Polish Lead Partner cooperates with a Finnish, a Norwegian and a German partner in a transnational project.
16full financial and legal responsibility for: Lead Partner Principlefull financial and legal responsibility for:project management systemsubmitting Application Formsigning the Subsidy Contractreporting of the project progressrequesting paymentsThe lead partner bears full financial and legal responsibility for the entire project including all partners, in particular is responsible for: setting up and maintaining an efficient and reliable project management system (strategic, operational, financial), eg.securing efficient use of the project’s resources;co-ordination of activities (division of tasks) among the involved partners and ensuring that these tasks are subsequently fulfilled;submitting the Application Form to the Joint Secretariat;signing the Subsidy Contract with the Managing Authority;proper reporting of activity related progress and financial follow-up to the Joint Secretariat;requesting payments, which will be then forwarded to the project partners;the LP should appoint a project co-ordinator and a financial manager to assist him with the relevant tasksAdministrative capacity and know-how are equally needed as well as extra resources to maintain the proper level of liquidity in the project.
17Who can be a project partner? National, regional and local public authoritiesPublic equivalent bodiesPublic equivalent body means any legal body:governed by public or private lawestablished for the specific purpose of meeting needs of the general interest,not having an industrial or commercial character only,having legal personality,PEBs: See Programme Manual for definition:Public equivalent body, in the interpretation of the EU legislation on public procurement, means any legal body governed by public or private law(1) established for the specific purpose of meeting needs of general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character, and(2) having legal personality, and(3) either financed, for the most part, by the State, or regional or local authorities, or other bodies governed by public law,or subject to management supervision by those bodies,or having an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the State, regional or local authorities or by other bodies governed by public law. This definition does not exclude bodies partly having an industrial or commercial character, which deal with public tasks. These bodies may be asked to submit a clarification statement issued by national authorities.
18Who can be a Lead Partner? In addition a LP’s institution should:Be financed, for the most part, by the State, or regional or local authorities, or other bodies governed by public law,Or be subject to management supervision by those bodies,Or have an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the State, regional or local authorities or by other bodies governed by public law.
19Examples of partners that can apply for funding from the BSR INTERREG III B National, regional and local public authorities:Ministries;regional councils;municipalities, etc.;
20Institutions that could be considered as “Public equivalent bodies”: Examples of partners that can apply for funding from the BSR INTERREG III B (2)Institutions that could be considered as “Public equivalent bodies”:associations;academic institutions;research institutes;foundations;NGOs and non-profit organizations (community-based, humanitarian, industrial, cultural, etc.);development agencies, etc.
21BSR INTERREG III B Project Budget 1. ERDF contributionsup to 75% for Objective 1 regionsup to 50% for other regions2. National co-fundingPartner’s own funding – eg. public funds at national, regional or local levelThere is one project budget for all project partners involved, which is divided in up to five work packages. This total BSR INTERREG III B project budget includes the actions of all involved partners and is composed of:(should provide co-financing statements)(EC Regulation 1145/2003 on eligibility of co-financing by the Structural Funds)
22Project implementation European CommissionJoint Secretariat / PAsubmitPayment RequestEurop. Commissioneffectspayment to PAJoint Secretariat / PALead Partner submits activity andaudited financial reportPaying Authority effects payment to Lead PartnerLead PartnerSubmit activity andaudited financial reports to Lead PartnerLead Partner effects payments to Project PartnersProject PartnersPA - Paying AuthorityReportsPayments
23Good practice at strategic level A joint pool of ERDF funds on a joint bank account without national “sub-accounts”Tasks of Managing and Paying Authority carried out by single, competent institution which is not a public authorityLead Partner principle (clear responsibilities between MA and project)Joint management structures/bodies including a strong joint transnational Joint Technical SecretariatNational sub-committees responsible for disseminating information at national/regional levelWork of Monitoring and Steering Committees facilitated by various task forces.
24Good practice at operational level General tools:English as official programme languageAn up-to-date website as most important info toolProject databaseRelated to project life cycle:Pro-active project development - Seed Money, Partner Search Forum, Information Seminars, Individual ConsultationsApplication, assessment and approval –Joint and transparent decision making (unanimous decisions, clear documentation of assessment and approval)Pro-active project implementation - Lead Partner Seminar, Seminars for financial managers and auditors, Quality Workshops, Publicity and communication training etc.
25Challenges for project partners Problem:Way out:“Simple” Objective 1 programmes preferred (infrastructure investments)Convince decision makers of added value of transnational networking and cooperationCulture and language barriersLearn English!High technical and quality requirements of transnational projectsInvest in human resources – training of qualified staff in public administrationsLow awareness about the programmeIncreased information activities at national and programme levelConsiderable administrative workloadMake use of standardized tools, training, support actions!Significant competition among projects… lobby at your decisionmakers….?!
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