PA Nutri – Reducing nutrient inputs to the sea

Policy Area Nutri of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region works on Saving the Sea, which is one of the three main objectives of the Strategy. The aim of the Policy Area is to reduce nutrient inputs to the Baltic Sea to acceptable levels.

Of the many environmental challenges facing the Baltic Sea, the most serious and difficult to tackle with conventional approaches is the continuing eutrophication. Excessive nutrient loads through agricultural run-off, inadequately treated sewage, airborne emissions and internal loading are the main cause of eutrophication.
The impacts of eutrophication include oxygen depletion, reduced water clarity, an increase in filamentous algae, summer blooms of cyanobacteria (blue green algae) and other undesirable changes in species composition.

The latest decades' large-scale investments in waste water treatment plants and key decisions on cleaner shipping have had an important impact on decreasing the nutrient load. According to the latest HELCOM assessment total normalised nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to the Baltic Sea have decreased with 18% and 23%, respectively, since the mid-1990s. However, to save the sea, further and continued action is needed.

News and Announcements

EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021: Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Wednesday, 15th June 2016 @ 10:12am

  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU today signed the agreements on the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants for the period 2014-2021.

    The priorities for the 2014-2021 funding period reflect the major challenges facing Europe and align with EU priorities: •Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness •Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction •Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy •Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights •Justice and Home Affairs

    The support is divided into two schemes: one funded jointly by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA Grants) and one funded by Norway alone (Norway Grants).

    The funding will be made available to 15 beneficiary states in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

    EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

Third country participation in current EU projects or EUSBSR Flagships

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Monday, 13th June 2016 @ 12:47pm

  • Swedish Institute is proud to offer you the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine in a current EU project or in a flagship process/project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

    Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region funding (TCPBSR) aims to promote economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and its vicinity and thereby contribute to greater integration. SI accepts applications and takes decisions on an ongoing basis throughout the application period. The application deadline is 30 September 2016. A Swedish organisation must be the lead applicant to TCPBSR, and the partnership must comprise Sweden and at least one of the eligible countries mentioned above. ________________________________________

    Project period and project funding The project may last for no longer than two years and funds are available totalling SEK 350,000 (for one year) or SEK 700,000 (for two years). More information is available at

    Contact Swedish Institute Camilla Wristel, camilla.wristel(a) 

    Slottsbacken 10 Box 7434 SE-103 91 Stockholm SWEDEN

Stories that inspire from Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Posted by Andrzej Podscianski, Wednesday, 1st June 2016 @ 11:59am

  • ‘INTERREG changes the Baltic Sea Region. Stories that inspire’ conference in the framework of the Polish Council of the Baltic Sea States presidency was held at European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland, 23-24 May 2016. It was organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of Poland, in cooperation with the INTERREG programmes: South Baltic, Baltic Sea Region and Central Baltic as well as with the INTERACT.

    The focus of the conference was to present the role of the INTERREG programmes in the development of the Baltic Sea area to demonstrate how international cooperation can help the people of the region to jointly take on new challenges and solve problems.


    Inspiring Stories (Environment)


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Ongoing Flagships

Baltic Blue Growth (BBG)

2. Better Efficiency for Sewage Treatment (BEST)

3. Baltic Rural Wastewater (BaRuWa)

Sustainable Communal Wastewater Management in the Baltic Sea Region (SUWMAB)

5. Nutrient Offsetting for the Baltic Sea (NutriTrade)

6. Enhancing Efficiency of Small Wastewater Treatment Plants (SmallWWTPs)

7. Interactive Water Management (IWAMA)

Potential Flagships/ Seed Projects

1. Increasing Significance of Midfield Wetlands to Combat Baltic Sea Eutrophication (SIGWET)

2. Sufficient and Reliable Nutrient Loading Data – The River Daugava Catchment Area (RelNutData)

3. Consumer Guide for Sustainably Produced Meat (CONSUME)

Completed Flagships

1. Phasing Out of the Use of Phosphates in Detergents, finalized in 2011.
(EN and RU)

2. Putting Best Agricultural Practices into Work (Baltic Deal), 2010-2013.

3. Assessment of Regional Nutrient Pollution Load and Identification of Priority Projects to Reduce Nutrient Inputs from Belarus to the Baltic Sea, Nov 2012-Dec 2013.

4. Project on Reduction of the Eutrophication of the Baltic Sea Today (PRESTO), Jun 2011-Mar 2014.


With the support of

Nutrient inputs

Networks: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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