To coordinate national, regional and local strategies and funding with the objectives in the EU2020 and with European funding, the purpose of the EUSBSR is to coordinate strategies and funding in order to efficiently address the challenges for the Baltic Sea Region identified in the EUSBSR.
This means that the people and organisations involved in the implementation of the EUSBSR, in its Policy Areas, need not only to understand the multilevel governance system of the region, but also how the programming and funding structure works in the 2014 – 2020 programming period.
For the implementation of the EUSBSR to be successful, the key-actors need not only to be able to identify and address gaps within their thematic area of the Strategy and address those by means of projects but also, be able to navigate in the multilevel governance system of the region, as well as to have a good overview of the 2014 – 2020 programming period in order to attract the funding required. This calls for capacity building for actors involved in the implementation of the Strategy.
Recommended reading: "The alignment of funding to support the EUSBSR: Where do we stand?'. This short publication by INTERACT programmeincludes a compilation of articles and aims to present different viewpoints on what is the alignment of funding and the state of play in its implementation. It openly presents stakeholders’ concerns and challenges in the alignment of funding process as well as gives ideas for further development.