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  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation

        RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

        • Resilient economies and communities
          - Increase of their capacity to innovate and uptake advanced
          technologies to change the way of delivering public services in the Baltic Sea Region
          - Strengthening of their capacity to create innovative partnerships for the benefit of the communities and business
          - Removal of the obstacles in innovation processes and broadening of the basis for the public service innovation through increasing engagement of residents
          - Increase of the role of the public in showcasing green solutions

        • Read about Innovative societies programme priority on the programme website.

        RSO 1.4 Developing skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship

        • Resilient economies and communities through:
          - Increase of their capacities for applying smart specialisation approaches, industrial and societal transition as well as entrepreneurship
          - Understanding of the skills required to develop and test solutions sustaining BSR economy
          - Increase of their capacity to avoid unwanted impacts from external disturbances
          - Reinforcement of the meaning of communities in the innovation processes
          - Contributing to building resilience of the Baltic Sea region taking into account uneven territorial developments and unequal impacts on different social groups.

        • Read about Innovative societies programme priority on the programme website.

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.5 Promoting access to water and sustainable water management

        • Sustainable waters:
          - Increase of the capacity to manage water and connected sectors in a more competent, sustainable and efficient way in a changing climate.
          - Wider application of available and newly tested water management solutions or solutions across different sectors.
          - Lower water pollution, removing pollutants from water and improving water quality. -- Improved urban and rural planning processes for better water management and help adapt water management strategies and action plans to emerging challenges.
          - Shift of consumers and production patterns in using water and materials thus preventing water pollution.

        • Read about Water-smart societies programme priority on the programme website.

        RSO 2.1 Energy efficiency

        • The Programme supports actions targeting:
          - Decarbonisation of energy systems in the region in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
          - The development of solutions that increase energy efficiency in industrial production processes as well as in public and private building stock
          - The increase of renewable energy production from locally available resources

        • Read about Climate-neutral societies programme priority on the programme website.

        RSO 2.6 Circular economy

        • The Programme supports actions that:
          - Facilitate the shift from linear to circular resource use
          - Carries holistic approaches that go beyond waste management to connect with water, energy, transport and land use
          - Build an enabling environment and raise awareness for circular opportunities
          - Untap the potential of digitalisation as a means of achieving a resource-efficient economy in the Baltic Sea region

        • Read about Circular economy programme objective on the programme website.

        RSO 2.8 Urban mobility

        • The Programme encourages the development of solutions that
          - Harmonise mobility systems across borders and thus enabling a coherent use of green mobility solutions
          - Enhance the capacity of public authorities in national, regional and urban planning to introduce green and intelligent mobility solutions to reduce pollution in cities and towns and their hinterland
          - Actively use green and intelligent mobility solutions by introducing technical solutions and changing mobility behaviours and demands

        • Read about Smart green mobility programme objective on the programme website.

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.1 Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities

        • The Programme supports actions that:
          - Implement and strengthen governance and communication activities in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
          - Help to the coordinators of the EUSBSR policy areas (PACs) to carry out additional tasks in order to coordinate the planning and implementation of the EUSBSR policy areas
          - Inform regional and EU stakeholders about the progress and achievements of these areas, changes and next steps in implementing the EUSBSR Action Plan
          - Ensure administrative, communication and capacity building assistance to the national coordinators of the EUSBSR
          and other stakeholders, for instance, in the form of a strategy point.

        • Read about Cooperation governance programme priority on the programme website.

        RSO 6.6 Other actions to support better cooperation governance

        • The Programme supports the cooperation of EU-funded projects in project platforms. These actions should:
          - Bring the results of various projects from different EU funding programmes to stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region in a structured way
          - Help public authorities and other organisations access project results more easily.
          - Identify solutions developed by projects and other initiatives in EU funding programmes, also co-funded by the third country Norway, relevant for the Baltic Sea region and interlink and synthesise them
          - Target public authorities as main drivers of policy change in the region and, in addition, closely involve relevant pan-Baltic organisations.

        • Read about Project Platforms programme objective on the programme website.

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14th March 2023

Last open call closed on 14th March 2023

Second call for applications (core projects)
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What is Interreg Baltic Sea Region?

Solutions for a green and resilient Baltic Sea region

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 is a source of EU funding. We offer more than money: we bring together cultures, perspectives and expertise to get the best ideas and joint solutions. With our support, projects drive the transition to a green and resilient region. Jointly, we make the life of people around the Baltic Sea better.

Which area is covered by the Programme?

The area of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme covers nine countries: eight EU Member States and one non-EU country. The Programme covers an area of around 2.9 million km² with a population of 80 million inhabitants. It stretches from central parts of Europe up to its northernmost periphery, comprising European metropolitan areas, while major parts of the programme area are counted as rural.

What is funded and how?

With experience and EU funding, we help organisations from countries around the Baltic Sea to cooperate and put their ideas into practice. These ideas need to fit into one of four thematic priorities and help build Innovative societies (Priority 1), Water-smart societies (Priority 2), Climate-neutral societies (Priority 3) or Cooperation governance (Priority 4).

To learn more about the Programme, you are invited to visit the Programme website and explore what our projects have achieved so far on our Project library.

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