School to Work Aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth. www.s2wflagship.eu
Baltic Training Programme Supports the internationalization of vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurship and the internationalization of business. www.baltictrainingprogramme.se
Baltic University Programme Largest university network in BSR focused on sustainable regional development through cooperation in education, research and applied projects www.balticuniv.uu.se
Baltic Sea Labor Forum Aims to promote social dialogue, tripartite structures and cooperation as crucial elements of sustainable growth and social development in the BSR www.bslabour.eu
Baltic Science Network Aims to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level http://www.baltic-science.org/
The Programme Document is approaching its final approval. The programme had its first call December 18, 2014 and February 9, 2015.
•Sustainable use of common resources
•Skilled and socially inclusive region
Each priority is broken down to specific objectives. Each financed project will be implemented under one priority and one of its specific objectives.
In each specific objective an applicant can choose to use a small project approach or to apply for a regular project. Small projects mean that the ERDF contribution amount for one project is up to €200 000 0 euroand the project duration is up to 2 years. Moreover, the application and reporting process will be simplified. All other conditions are the same as for all other projects. Regular projects thus have a budget of more than €200 000 from euroERDF and last more than 2 years. However, under specific objective 4.1, applicants can only use a small project approach.
Actions aim to motivate young people to establish student companies and create international teams, which can serve as a basis for future business partnerships within the Central Baltic region.
Actions supported: awareness raising, training/coaching/internships, advisory services, networking of teams of pupils/students, experienced entrepreneurs, investors, capacity building of teams and pupil/student firms, designing and creating of e-platforms and e-tools.
Target: number of established joint student companies
Priority Axis 4 Skilled and socially inclusive region targeting social issues: more people benefiting from the stronger central Baltic communities (specific objective 4.1); and development of VET programmes with a target of more aligned VET programmes in the Central Baltic Region (specific objective 4.2).
Altogether €115 million from the ERDF will be made available through the programme. The funding is available for cross-border cooperation projects where partners from at least two countries are cooperating.
Total budget for Priority Axis 4 is €11.5 million
Co-financing rate varies – e.g. Estonia/Latvia (85%), Sweden/Finland Åland) (75%)
Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Åland
Public authorities (national, regional and local) as well as bodies governed by public law and bodies governed by private law. Only large companies are excluded from acting as partners. For more details see particular priority axis here
The programme has a 2-step application procedure. However, a simplified application procedure has been put in place for small projects (up to €200 000 ERDF contribution). The project duration of a small project is up to 2 years. work package (for preparation work) up to €10 000
Note: Only for those projects that are finally approved by the Secretariat of the Programme.
The Baltic Sea Strategy aims at reaching more stakeholders.
Regional meetings will attract stakeholders from several sectors and levels of governance to learn more about what the Baltic Sea Strategy can offer in the form of a framework for effective cooperation. Two regional meetings have already taken place, in Umeå and in Hässleholm.
More information about the event in Hässleholm can be found here.