Published on October 26, 2007
Slide1: Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme INTERREG IIIA Priority North Estonia-Latvia-Russia and INTERREG IIIA Priority South Latvia- Lithuania- Belarus What is INTERREG?: What is INTERREG? A Community Initiative supporting European integration On immediate borders (strand A) Between greater European regions (strand B) Europe-wide (strand C) What is INTERREG A?: What is INTERREG A? A cross-border cooperation facility Altogether there are almost 100 programmes Baltic States have altogether 4 Programmes: South-Finland – Estonia Estonia – Latvia – Russia (Priority North in the BSR III B) Latvia – Lithuania – Belarus (Priority South in the BSR III B) Lithuania – Poland – Russia (Kaliningrad) IIIA Priorities in the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme: IIIA Priorities in the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme Integrated in the “larger” programme to make programme management more efficient Managed by the Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (Kiel, Germany) fulfilling the tasks of the Managing Authority and Paying Authority and hosting the Joint Secretariat Trans-national Secretariat located in Rostock (Germany), (Karlskrona (Sweden)) and Riga (Latvia) JS Riga Office primarily responsible for the implementation of the IIIA Priorities Slide5: Eligible territories for Priority South (Latvia–Lithuania–Belarus) Latvia: Kurzeme, Latgale and Zemgale (Riga and Vidzeme as adjoining territories) Lithuania: Klaipeda, Telšiai, Šiauliai, Panevežys, Utena, Alytus, Vilnius (Kaunas as adjoining territory) Belarus: Vitebsk, Minsk and Grodno oblast Slide6: Priority South Slide9: Eligible territories for Priority North (Estonia-Latvia-Russia) Estonia: Hiiu, Ida-Viru, Jõgeva, Lääne, Põlva, Pärnu, Tartu, Saare, Valga, Viljandi, Võru Latvia: Kurzeme, Zemgale, Riga, Vidzeme, Latgale Russian Federation: Leningrad oblast, Pskov oblast, city of St. Petersburg Slide10: Priority North Objectives of the INTERREG IIIA North priority: Objectives of the INTERREG IIIA North priority Balancing the overall development conditions and elimination of development hindrances caused by geographical location through integrating the border regions (on the external border); Strengthening the cross-border relations in various structural fields of activities (on the EU internal border). Objective of the INTERREG IIIA South priority: Objective of the INTERREG IIIA South priority To utilise the cross-border co-operation potential to facilitate the socio-economic development of the cross-border co-operation territory. Priorities and measures/ topics: Priorities and measures/ topics Total ERDF and Tacis financing for the Priorities and co-financing rate: Total ERDF and Tacis financing for the Priorities and co-financing rate The total ERDF co-financing for the period 2004 – 2006: For the North priority: EUR 7 840 236 For the South priority: EUR 10 417 541 The national co-financing rate for the partners from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: at least 25% TACIS indicative funding for 2004-2006 for both Priorities: 7,5 mln EUR Calls for project proposals: Calls for project proposals The first Call for proposals was launched on October 1. Altogether 5 Calls for proposals were organised. As all ERDF and Tacis funding allocated for the INTERREG IIIA Priorities North and South has already been committed, no further Calls for Proposals will be organised. Altogether there are 53 projects approved in the INTERREG IIIA Priority South. Altogether there are 46 projects approved in the INTERREG IIIA Priority North. Slide18: 25% 46% 30 % 30% Both Priorities Slide19: North 38% 33% 18 % 37% Slide20: South 14% 56 % 45 % 27% Project size: Project size Small-scale projects: EUR 5 000 – 50 000 Large-scale projects: EUR 50 000 – 1 000 000 Duration of projects: Duration of projects Small- scale projects: up to 18 months (and ending by December 31, 2007) Large- scale projects: have to end by December 31, 2007 Who can participate?: Who can participate? Lead Partners: public and public equivalent bodies (for small projects also NGOs) Project Partners: Public bodies (local, regional and national authorities); Public equivalent body (schools, universities, municipal enterprises, etc.) - NGOs; - Private partners (under certain conditions). Eligible activities (North priority): Eligible activities (North priority) Measure 1 (co-operation between Estonia and Latvia) : - Tourism development; - Environmental management and protection; - Municipal co-operation; Local co-operation contacts; Training. Eligible activities (North priority): Eligible activities (North priority) Measure 2 (co-operation with Russia): - Development of new business opportunities; Improvement of infrastructure; Tourism development; Environment protection; Local and regional co-operation; Training; Innovative and explorative activities Eligible activities (South priority): Eligible activities (South priority) Topic 1 (competitiveness of regions, access to markets): - Tourism development; - Business development along the transit corridors; Accessibility across the borders; Preserving the environment. Topic 2 (people-to-people activities): Facilitation of contacts and networks; Joint training activities; Joint studies. North Priority outputs and results: North Priority outputs and results 13 projects establish cross-border networks comprising regional and/or local authorities; 13 projects develop joint development strategies; 6 projects develop cross-border services for the joint provision by municipalities; At least 35 joint activities carried in the fields of social and cultural affairs; 400 persons trained; 13 projects develop example solutions to existing problems in environment protection and resource management; 10 projects in tourism, transport, and border-related infrastructure include investments; 5 projects develop cross-border tourism development services. South Priority outputs and results: South Priority outputs and results 7 projects establish cross-border infrastructure objects; 8 projects develop cross-border tourism products; 17 projects design marketing, tourism and public services development strategies; In 8 projects the follow-up projects are expected; 5 projects develop new businesses along the transit corridors; 13 projects establish cross-border contacts/ networks; At least 200 people participate in seminars, training; 4 projects develop cross-border services; 7 projects carry out cross-border cultural, social events. Priority North project Valka-Valga: 1 city 2 states: Priority North project Valka-Valga: 1 city 2 states Total budget: 917 985 EUR ERDF: 688 489 EUR Duration: 24 months (March 2005 – February 2007) Lead Partner: Valga Town Government (EE) Contact person: Meelis Linnamägi Tel.: + 372 76 69964 Email: [email protected], [email protected] Partner: Valka Town Government (LV) Priority South project Exciting Cycling Net in Baltic Country of Lakes: Priority South project Exciting Cycling Net in Baltic Country of Lakes Total budget: 1 135 117 EUR (ERDF 774 763 EUR, Tacis 102 100 EUR) Duration: 24 months Lead Partner: Latvian Office of Euroregion “Country of Lakes” (LV) Contact person: Ilze Stabulniece, tel.: +371 5622201, [email protected] Partners: 18 regional and local authorities from Utena county, Lithuania, Latgale region, Latvia and Vitebsk region, Belarus IIIA Team: IIIA Team JS Rostock: Susanne Scherrer, Programme Director, JS Rostock Vaclav Kaplan, Financial Manager, JS Rostock JS Riga: Ieva Kalniņa, Head of Riga Office Inga Uvarova, ENPI expert Iveta Puzo, Programme Manager (LV, RU, BY) Līga Kalvāne, Programme Manager (LV, RU, BY) Liina Tuulik, Programme Manager (EE, North) Birute Markevičiute, Programme Manager (LT, South) Signe Raikstiņa, Programme Assistant Supported by a dedicated and professional colleagues in Rostock and Kiel How to contact us?: How to contact us? Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat Riga State Regional Development Agency Elizabetes iela 19, Riga LV 1010, Latvia Phone: +371 7357368 Fax: +371 7357372 eMail: [email protected] www.bsrinterreg3a.net Thank You!: Thank You!