Presentation on theme: "Neighbourhood programme"— Presentation transcript:
1 Neighbourhood programme The Baltic Sea RegionINTERREG III BNeighbourhood programmein a nutshellby Susanne ScherrerBSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat
2 Content The programme: facts and figures 2. The projects: activities and results
3 (1) INTERREG III B Neighbourhood programme Total programme budget about 210 million EUR129 approved projectsmore than 3200 project partners!
4 INTERREG III B Neighbourhood programme Total 210 million EUR from 4 different sources:129 million EUR European Regional Development Funds6 million EUR Norway7.5 million EUR Tacis67.5 million EUR national/Norwegian co-financing from projectsof which for programme management: 14,65 million EUR
5 The programme’s context: 8 EU Member States neighbour countries100 million inhabitants11 languages
6 INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Seeks to combine:3 historically differently organised economic spaces (former EC, EFTA, COMECON)3 different administrative traditions: Scandinavian, Eastern European (former Soviet dominated) and Continental European3 differently organised political systems (Western democracy, presidential democracy, authoritarian regime)3 different Christian religious cultures
7 Turning Points in programme history: The “ever changing environment” of implementation! Closure of INTERREG IIC and approval of the IIIB programme (first round was launched in 2001)September 2001Introduction of Priority 4 (border regions)January 2002EU enlargement - from PHARE to ERDFMay 2004Introduction of IIIA priorities (cross-border)Transformation to Neighbourhood ProgrammeOctober 2004Future challengesObjective 3 – Territorial cooperation programmeIntroduction of European Neighbourhoodand Partnership Instrument (ENPI)Challenges faced throughout the implementation of the BSR INTERREG programmesBasically two major ones:EU enlargementIntroduction of the Neighbourhood ProgrammeP4: + 3 MEURFirst call with PL participation: 4th call Febr (upgrading).
8 Baltic Sea region… …..a rich common cultural and natural heritage….. …but a common identity?Vilnius, LithuaniaWismar, Germany
9 It is not the density, but the intensity that counts!
10 (2) INTERREG III B Neighbourhood projects SEBTrans-LinkSTRINGVia Baltica NordicaRural Development Connection… and many other projects!
11 Baltic Sea projects: address challenges and risks seek to connect regionswork on common groundsaround our Sea:
12 Challenges and riskspromote wind-energy-ideas and improve the investment climate by bringing together politicians, planners, lawyers, researchers and medium size companies to exchange knowledge (Wind Energy)improve direct access to specialised healthcare to prevent migration from rural areas (Baltic eHealth)
13 Connecting regionsdevelop a region which is dynamic, sustainable, innovative and not hampered by borders (Baltic Palette)set up a common strategy for how to improve the transport system in the area (Baltic Gateway)build a tourist route, focussing on brick Gothic heritage (European Route of Brick Gothic)
14 Our Seachange the attitudes and behaviour in order to reduce marine pollution (Baltic SeaBreeze)decrease emissions by ships in Baltic ports (New Hansa)
15 Neighbourhood programme The Baltic Sea RegionINTERREG III BNeighbourhood programmein a nutshellby Susanne ScherrerBSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat