INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region has been supporting the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region during the previous programming period (2007–2013), with 49 projects closely linked to the Strategy with almost EUR 120 million spent to implement it.
The Interreg BSR Programme (2014–2020) supports integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea Region. Partners from countries around the Baltic Sea work together in transnational projects on common key challenges and opportunities. The Programme is an agreement between EU member states Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and the northern parts of Germany as well as partner countries Norway, Belarus and the northwest regions of Russia.
Projects have to involve at least three partners from three different countries from the Programme area. Total project budgets typically range between EUR 1.5 and 4.5 million for seven or more partners working together for two to three years.
The Programme offers funding for four thematic priorities: Capacity for Innovation, Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Transport and EU Strategy support.
The Programme funds come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Norwegian national funding. For priorities 1-3 (capacity for innovation, efficient management of natural resources and sustainable transport) the programme co-funds:
- up to 75% of costs generated by partners from Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Finland
- up to 85% for partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
- up to 50% for partners from Norway (from Norwegian national funding)
- up to 75% for countries outside the Union part of the Programme area