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  1. Governance, partnership: Projects aimed at increasing the application of multilevel and transnational or cross-border governance, designing and testing appropriate governance structures and mechanisms. Also cooperation between public institutions on any theme.

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    • rural and peripheral development, referring to remote, sparsely populated areas, rural community development, and rural economics, in particular access to remote areas and policies for rural areas.
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Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Parent programEuropean Regional Development Fund
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Content of program

short description

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 creates suitable framework conditions in the region for supporting the transition towards greener and more resilient societies and economies through transnational cooperation. The Programme is demand-driven and support public authorities in meeting the needs of their target groups (e.g. companies and communities). Transfer of knowledge is an important component of transnational activities in all policy objectives. Future projects support capacity building to increase public awareness and behaviour-change.

program objectives

The following priorities and specific objectives have been developed within the programme:

  • P1: Innovative societies
    • SO 1.1: Resilient economies and communities
    • SO 1.2: Responsive public services
  • P2: Water-smart societies
    • SO 2.1: Sustainable waters
    • SO 2.2: Blue economy
  • P3: Climate-neutral societies
    • SO 3.1: Circular economy
    • SO 3.2: Energy transition
    • SO 3.3: Smart green mobility
  • P4: Cooperation governance
    • SO 4.1: Project platforms
    • SO 4.2: Macro-regional governance
Expected results

Please find a non exhaustive list of the objectives below.

P1: Innovative societies

  • SO 1.1: Resilient economies and communities
    • strengthen European identity based on common values, culture and heritage
    • increase innovativeness of the region
    • adapt smart specialisation approaches
    • adjust innovation ecosystems
    • untap digitalisation
    • consider uneven territorial development
  • SO 1.2: Responsive public services
    • deliver tailor-made, needs-based and cost-efficient services
    • harmonise systems and standards
    • develop solutions responsive to change
    • apply emerging digital technologies
    • trigger interactions between service providers and the community
    • develop public responses across sectors and borders

P2: Water-smart societies

  • SO 2.1: Sustainable waters
    • adapt existing solutions, develop and implement new solutions in order to prevent and reduce water pollution
    • adapt water management practices to the changing climate
    • implement cross-sectoral actions
  • SO 2.2: Blue economy
    • encourage actions for blue businesses
    • facilitate joint use of sea space and help mitigate potential conflicts
    • strenthen resilience of blue businesses
    • mitigate impact of blue businesses on climate change

P3: Climate-neutral societies

  • SO 3.1: Circular economy
    • create and promote circular environments
    • redefine smart specialization approaches
    • create business opportunities for environmental and societal benefits
    • untap digitalisation
    • mind uneven territorial effect and disadvantaged by transition processes
  • SO 3.2: Energy transition
    • adapt and update policies
    • increase distribution of renewable energy across sectors
    • coordinate plans and share solutions across borders
    • mobilise industry and citizens to apply energy solutions
  • SO 3.3: Smart green mobility
    • harmonise mobility systems across borders
    • mobilise transport companies and citizens to use smart green solutions
    • support public authorities in introducing smart green solutions and reducing air pollution in cities

P4: Cooperation governance

  • SO 4.1: Project platforms
    • synthesise and interlink project solutions relevant for the region
    • help public authorities and other organisations access project results
    • communicate and transfer solutions to broader target groups
    • target public authorities, pan-Baltic organisations and EUBSR stakeholders
  • SO 4.2: Macro-regional governance
    • support the coordinators of the EUSBSR policy areas in implementing their policy areas and engaging with stakeholders
    • provide assistance to the national coordinators of the EUSBSR and a strategy point
    • support informing about the developments within the EUSBSR Action Plan and the achievements of the EUSBSR policy areas
    • encourage synergies between the EUSBSR and the strategies of the non-EU countries

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Regions / countries for fundingDenmark (Danmark), Estonia (Eesti), Finland (Suomi/Finland), Germany (Deutschland), Latvia (Latvija), Lithuania (Lietuva), Norway (Norge), Poland (Polska), Sweden (Sverige)
eligible entities
Research Institution incl. University,  Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit),  International organization,  Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME),  Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO),  Other,  Education and training institution,  Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs)
Mandatory partnershipYes
Project Partnership

Interreg Baltic sea projects shall involve at least three partners from three Programme area countries, on average 10 partners.

other eligibility criteria

Programme area:

The Programme area covers nine countries. It comprises the following EU Member States:

  • Denmark: the whole country
  • Estonia: the whole country
  • Finland: the whole country
  • Germany: the States (Länder) of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Niedersachsen (only NUTS II area Lüneburg region)
  • Latvia: the whole country
  • Lithuania: the whole country
  • Poland: the whole country
  • Sweden: the whole country

In addition, a third country takes part in the Programme:

  • Norway: the Regions of Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Vestland, Rogaland, Agder, Vestfold og Telemark, Viken, Innlandet, Oslo

Programme budget and co-financing:

  • Priorities 1 - 3
    • Partners from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are entitled to receive up to 80% ERDF co-financing.
    • Partners from Norway will receive up to 50% co-financing from Norwegian national funding.
  • Priority 4
    • Project partners from all Programme countries under priority 4 are entitled to receive up to 80% co-financing from ERDF and Norwegian national funding.
  • Project partners from countries outside the Programme area receiving support from ERDF are entitled to get up to 80% ERDF co-financing.
Types of projects:
Type of project Project duration Budget Min. number of partners Programme priorities
Core projects up to 36 months No limitation (must be proportionate to activities) At least 3 organisations from 3 Programme countries 1-3
Small projects up to 24 months up to € 500,000.00 At least 3 organisations from 3 Programme countries 1-3
Project platforms up to 36 months see call announcement At least 3 organisations from 3 Programme countries that are partners from Programme projects 4.1

Additional information

Topics Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation,  Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality,  Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management,  Circular Economy, Natural Resources,  Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship,  Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT,  Disaster Prevention, Resilience, Risk Management,  Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy ,  Health, Social Services, Sports,  Mobility & Transport,  Rural & Urban Development/Planning
Relevance for EU Macro-RegionEUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
Program documents Interreg Baltic Sea Programme Manual 2021-2027 (2944kB)
Interreg Baltic Sea Programme Summary 2021-2027 (554kB)
ContactInterreg Baltic Sea Managing Authority
+49 163 600 5284