2018 Tallinn


Date, Time

Tuesday, 5 June, 11.00-12.30 @ Gallery Hall



Ms Erja Tikka, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Coordinator of EUSBSR

Ms Monika Stankiewicz, HELCOM, EUSBSR Horizontal Action Spatial Planning Coordinator

Ms Kaarina Williams, Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of Land Schleswig-Holstein, Member of the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Ms Joanna Przedrzymirska, Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Lead and Project Partner on several EUSBSR flagship projects such as SUBMARINER, DAIMON and Smart Blue Regions 



In this seminar, the Interreg Baltic Sea Region together with the Central Baltic, South Baltic and Öresund Kattegat-Skagerrak Programmes will explore the needs of stakeholders in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) for potential future Interreg programmes. Starting from the present budget of roughly EUR 280 million in EU funds for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region and the combined budget of EUR 250 million of the three cross-border programmes for a period of seven years, we aim to stimulate a debate on how these funds could be distributed for the benefit of the Baltic Sea Region. Four Panellists will present their proposals on how to ‘cut the cake’ and the audience will be invited to contribute to the debate. In so doing, the workshop aims to map the most pressing needs of stakeholders as a basis for future programme development.

Background: Interreg programmes have been funding European territorial cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region for two decades. In past years, the Interreg Baltic Sea Region has been the main financial source for the implementation of the activities of the EUSBSR: it has financed flagship projects, provided seed money for project development and supported the governance structure of the Strategy. Reports on post-2020 suggest that transnational Interreg programmes will assume broader responsibility for facilitating transnational cooperation beyond support for single projects, and for the benefit of macro-regional strategies. In addition, cross-border programmes have been important contributors to funding on many EUSBSR projects in different fields. Their support for EUSBSR implementation is expected to continue.



Ms Stefanie Maack, Interreg Baltic Sea Region Managing Authority, Joint Secretariat

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