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.
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.
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. ________________________________________
‘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.