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RSO 1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities
The programme wants to help achieving the goal of using technology to benefit people, companies, research organizations, and public authorities. It will help create and improve digital solutions for different parts of the economy in a region. This measure also encourages sharing technology between regions and promotes collaboration between businesses, universities, and research institutions.
RSO 1.3 Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments
The aim here is to help small businesses to grow and to create more jobs by making them more competitive and helping them expand internationally. It will also create new opportunities for businesses to work together across borders. The measure will support productive investments that will help local businesses grow and contribute to the regional economy.
RSO 2.2 Renewable energy
the programme wants to allow for different projects to promote the use of renewable energy, as required by the Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, which has specific sustainability standards. These projects will help us move towards using more renewable energy sources.
RSO 2.5 Promoting access to water and sustainable water management
The project supported here will help improving the access to water and manage it in a sustainable way. It will help promote efficient use of land and water resources. The measure focuses on reducing the amount of harmful chemicals and nutrients that enter rivers and eventually flow into the Baltic Sea. It also aims to combat pollution and improve the quality of water in oceans and other bodies of water by addressing issues like eutrophication (excessive plant growth) and the presence of hazardous substances like plastics or chemical waste.
RSO 2.6 Circular economy
The programme aims at promoting a circular economy that is resource efficient and reduces waste. It focuses on changing people's attitudes and behaviours towards responsible consumption and production. This means moving away from the traditional approach of producing things, using them, and then throwing them away, and instead, creating a system where resources are reused and recycled. The goal is to develop a sustainable economy that supports environmentally friendly production processes, resource efficiency, and waste management.
RSO 4.6 Enhancing the role of culture and sustainable tourism
The initiatives supported here will focus on promoting sustainable and innovative tourism products and services in the South Baltic Area. The goal is to develop and support this important sector while also utilizing the power of culture and tourism for economic growth and social innovation. Additionally, the initiative aims to promote social inclusion and mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic on the labour market.
RSO 6.1 Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities
Here, the programme wants to support projects that aim at enhancing the capacity of public authorities and stakeholders who manage specific territories. It aims to overcome obstacles such as limited resources and capacity of small institutions, differences in policies across regions, lack of coherent financing models for technological innovations, inadequate exchange of information between regions, and insufficient integration of maritime security and safety policies. The initiative also focuses on developing cross-border cooperation and building capacity in this area, with a particular emphasis on empowering local communities and encouraging civil society participation.
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Last open call closed on 18th December 20186th call for proposals
The Interreg South Baltic Programme 2021-2027 enters a new era of multilateral cross-border cooperation between the coastal regions of five EU Member States: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, and Poland.
Even after more than 30 years of territorial collaboration the Programme demonstrates its relevance, timeliness, and pertinence to the development of the South Baltic area. The future priority and direction of growth is reflected in the motto of the new programming perspective: “United by the sea into action for blue and green future – Innovative, Sustainable, Attractive and Active South Baltic”.
Actions with the focus on economic, environmental, and social development, natural and cultural heritage, and cooperation of different actors in the area are supported by the Programme foremost aiming above all at improving the quality of life of its residents through the blue and green growth of the area.
The Programme recognises 3 types of partners: organizations can act as lead partners, project partners and associated partners.
Depending on the chosen role, the Programme proposes variations of the requirements, eligibility rules, funding volume and scope of tasks.
The following types of organisations can form partnerships and participate in projects supported by the Programme (non-exhaustive list):
• Public administrations and agencies;
• Public or private organizations (having either public or non-profit character);
• Chambers of commerce, trade unions;
• R&D facilities and educational institutions;
• Associations of public or private bodies and NGOs;
• SME associations and clusters;
• Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Please make sure to carefully read the Programme documents to correctly determine the project role considering the conditions stipulated by the Programme.
The preparation of the project proposal is a complex process that requires knowledge, competencies, and field expertise from the project partners.
However, it can be generally put down into 5 main steps:
1. Identify a cross-border problem and relevant target groups and stakeholders.
2. Form an eligible and relevant partnership.
3. Define project objectives expressed in the form of tangible outputs and results.
4. Structure corresponding budget, determine the timeframe and identify relevant activities.
5. Fill in and submit the Application Form when the Call for proposals is opened (within the set deadline).
Please make sure to get familiar with rules and requirements set by the Programme in the documents as well as all specific features of the South Baltic projects.