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Flagships: functions, structure and added value

Flagship projects are a means to implement the EUSBSR actions in the priority areas, therefore these projects serve as pilot examples for desired change. A flagship fleshes out the ambition of a policy area in a specified field. It may, for example, develop key solutions, new methodologies, practises, be a network looking for new forms of cooperation or concern key investments of regional importance.

Structure of a flagship can be:

·        A single project;

·        A set of projects (a group) contributing to same action;

·        A process (e.g. network, new cooperation platform, etc.).

Criteria to become a Flagship:

·         Have a high macro-regional impact;

·         Contribute to meeting the objectives, indicators and targets of the EUSBSR;

·         Be related to the implementation of one or more actions of the policy area concerned.

A flagship is also expected to:

·         Have a clear macro-regional dimension (cooperation between and/or impact on at least three Baltic Sea region states including at least two EU Baltic Sea region states if another Baltic Sea region state (Russia, Norway, Iceland, Belarus) is involved), (Under exceptional circumstances projects with less than three countries involved could be considered);

·         Be mature for implementation:
 i.      Can be implemented within a realistic timeframe;
 ii.      Has a clear financial and activity plan which;
iii.      Partnership is established and a flagship leader is identified.

·         Be monitored and evaluated towards the objectives, indicators and targets of the EUSBSR and particular policy area.

The benefits to obtain a flagship status for a project or a process:

The status represents recognition of the project and shows that it is addressing questions of high macro-regional importance, central to the EUSBSR objectives and its policy areas actions. Flagship status will also help raise the profile and in many instances, when evaluated by programmes a project application will be given a higher score if it has flagship status.

Procedure to become a flagship

1)    Identify to which action of a chosen policy area/horizontal action the proposed flagship would contribute;

2)    Establish contact with the policy area coordinator(s)/horizontal action coordinator(s) concerned;

3)    After assessing the proposed flagship, the policy area coordinator(s)/horizontal action coordinator(s) will make a recommendation to the steering committee/coordination group for decision;

4)    If the proposal is supported by the committee/group, the policy area coordinator(s)/horizontal action coordinator(s) makes a recommendation to DG REGIO regarding the project, indicating how the requirements for becoming a flagship have been met;

5)     DG REGIO considers the proposal and may consult other Commission services before making a recommendation to the national coordinators;

6)     As soon as the national coordinators agree on the proposal, flagship status is granted. The flagship will be included in an Annex to the Action Plan and published on the EUSBSR and DG REGIO websites;

7)     The High-Level Group of macro-regional strategies will be informed about the modifications in the Annex to the Action Plan (concerning flagships).

A flagship can be listed under one policy area/horizontal action only. If a flagship contributes to several policies areas/horizontal actions, it is recommended to liaise with the other relevant policy areas/horizontal actions.

Furthermore, by implementing the flagship, its leader shall fulfil certain tasks of the flagship leader as specified under the tasks of flagship leaders above.
As soon as the flagship status is granted, the flagship leader should follow the visual identity requirements of the EUSBSR and attach flagship label to it.

More detailed information can be found in EUSBSR Action Plan on the EUSBSR website:

Flagship template for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)

 New - Flagship template 09.02.16.docx

How to find partners for projects?

KEEP is a source of aggregated information regarding projects and beneficiaries of European Union programmes dedicated to cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation within the European Union and between European Union Member States and neighbouring countries.

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