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21.12.2007

Baltic Sea Programme 2007-2013 approved by the European Commission

The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 was approved by the European  Commission on 21 December 2007. The Programme document can be downloaded at http://www.eu.baltic.net/Programme_document.98.html?.

 

The Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 is a cooperation of eleven  countries around the Baltic Sea. Project partners work together to find joint solutions to common problems.

 

The Programme will support transnational projects with partners from at least three different countries. Following priorities will be supported:  

  • Fostering innovations

  • Internal and external accessibility

  • Baltic Sea as a common resource

  • Attractive and competitive cities and regions

The first meeting of the Monitoring Committee will take place in Rostock on 14-15 February 2008. Decision about when the first call for project proposals is open will be taken at this meeting.

 

As a support to project idea owners the Joint Technical Secretariat will offer individual consultations for potential applicants at the Lead Applicant seminars that will take place shortly after the first call for project proposals is opened. For more information please follow  http://www.eu.baltic.net/.

 

If you are looking for project partners we also encourage you to submit your project idea and look at other ideas in the project idea database at http://www.eu.baltic.net/Project_ideas.93.html?.

28.11.2007

Working meeting of  BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat representatives and RNSC working group with participation of Belarus representatives

On 28 of November 2007, in St.Petersburg at Leontief Centre the working meeting of  BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat representatives and RNSC working group with participation of Belarus representatives was held.

On the meeting the ENPI implementation issues for further Programme Manual development for the period 2007-2013 were discussed.

Irina Karelina, RNSC Responsible  Secretary and Elena Belova, St.Petersburg Info Point of Neighbourhood Programme BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat expert participated in the meeting.

The news publication date  – 29.11.2007

 

19.11.2007

Baltic Sea Programme 2007 - 2013 newsletter, November 2007

The November issue of the newsletter from the Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Programme and the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 – 2013 is available for download here.

Highlights of the newsletter are:

  • Interview with Ulla Ropponen, Territorial Cooperation Desk Officer of DG Regio

  • Urban and regional cooperation in the EU and Baltic Sea region

  • Outcomes of the Task force meeting on Programme Manual

  • Finalised projects: MA+

  • News from the programme & running projects

The news publication date  – 19.11.2007

 

16.11.2007

Public Hearings on the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme “Estonia-Latvia-Russia” of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007-2013

On 16 of November 2007 in St.Petersburg the Public Hearings on the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme “Estonia-Latvia-Russia” of European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007-2013 were held.

Irina Karelina, RNSC Responsible  Secretary and Elena Belova, St.Petersburg Info Point of Neighbourhood Programme BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat expert participated in the meeting.

Elena Belova has made presentation “Basic Results of Neighbourhood Programme Estonia-Latvia-Russia in 2004-2006 Realization”.

The news publication date  – 17.11.2007

 

07-08.11.2007

Task Force meeting on Programme Manual of the BSR Programme 2007-2013

On 7-8 of November 2007 in Rostock (Germany) the Task Force meeting on Programme Manual of the BSR Programme 2007-2013 was held.

Russian members of working group Valery Shahanov, Dmitry Bukin, Vladimir Skorohodov and Irina Karelina, RNSC Responsible  Secretary participated in the meeting.

Russian delegation provided proposals to Programme Manual.

The news publication date  – 09.11.2007

19.10.2007

Working Meeting of Russian National Sub-Committee BSR Interreg III B NP

On 19 of October 2007 in St.Petersburg in the framework of VI All-Russian Forum of Strategic Planning Leaders the working meeting of Russian National Sub-Committee BSR Interreg III B NP was held. 

 

Programme

List of participants

Virtual Minutes

The news publication date  – 22.10.2007

11-12.10.2007

III Annual International Conference "Cross-Border Cooperation: Russian Federation, European Union and Norway"

On 11-12 of October 2007 in Kalinigrad, Irina Karelina, Director General of Leontief Centre and RNSC Responsible Secretary has participated in the III Annual International Conference "Cross-Border Cooperation: Russian Federation, European Union and Norway ".

Irina Karelina has made presentation "BALTIC SEA PROGRAMME 2007-2013".
The news publication date  – 12.10.2007

05.10.2007

New flyer: “Facts & Figures” 2000-2006

A new flyer from the Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme is available for download here.
This publication presents “Facts & Figures” for 2000–2006.
Printed copies can be requested from Ms Liga Abika (
liga.abika@bsrinterreg.net, +49 381 45484 5288).
The news publication date  – 05.10.2007

24-25.09.2007

Interreg III A Conference "United by Borders"

“United by borders” was the motto of the IIIA conference that took place in Riga on 24-25 September. The event gathered more than 400 participants from Russia, Belarus, Baltic States, and Europe. The results and future of the cross-border cooperation was on the agenda at the plenary sessions and workshops. Project exhibition displayed 99 projects supported during last 3 years.

The conference provided also an outlook into the future of cross border cooperation programmes for 2007 - 2013 for border regions of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Belarus. Programmes for Estonia-Latvia, Estonia-Latvia-Russia, Latvia–Lithuania, Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus and Central Baltic (Finland–Sweden–Estonia–Latvia) were presented.

Baltic Sea Programme 2007-2013 had an info stand and a presentation during plenary session. A new publication from the Baltic Sea programme 2001-2006 “Facts and Figures” was launched during the event to participants.

The conference materials will be soon available at
www.bsrinterreg3a.net.

The news publication date  18.06.2007

 

21.09.2007

Baltic Sea Programme 2007 – 2013 newsletter, September 2007

The September issue of the newsletter from the Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Programme and the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 – 2013 is available for download here.

Highlights of the newsletter are:

  • Impressions from the Partner Search forum, BSSSC Annual conference

  • EU Environmental policy & Baltic Sea region contribution to it

  • Finalised projects: Seareg

  • News from the running project

The news publication date  21.09.2007

 

13-14.09.2007

15 BSSSC Annual Conference in Turku

15 BSSSC (Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation) Annual Conference will be held on September 13-14, 2007 in Turku, Finland. The conference is focused on Sustainable Energy and contributions to meet the threats of the climate change. The main speaker will be EU Commissionaire responsible for Energy - Mr. Andris Piebalgs.

Together with the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 a Partner Search Forum will be arranged on September 14th.

Conference programme can be downloaded from BSSSC web page www.bsssc.com. Final date for registration is July 31st 2007.

Registration Form

Invitation Letter

Information Letter

The news publication date  01.06.2007

 

12.09.2007

Meeting on Preparation of the Programme Manual

A meeting on preparation of the Programme Manual of the Baltic Sea Region Program 2007-2013 is scheduled on September 12th, 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be organized in the framework of Monitoring Committee meeting.

The news publication date  – 11.06.2007

 

11.09.2007

Monitoring Committee Meeting

The next Monitoring Committee meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Program is going to take place on September 11th, 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The news publication date  – 11.06.2007

 

August 2007

BSR Interreg IIIB Russian National Sub-Committee: Co-chairmen rotation

In August there was a rotation of Co-chairmen of RNSC. Now instead of Maximova Liana and Ruzankin Alexander Co-chairmen of RNSC became:

  • Sergey Nikolaev, Head of Division for Cooperation with European Union and International Business Associations, Committee for External Relations , St. Petersburg Government (phone: +7 (812) 5766513, fax: +7 (812) 5767633, nikolaev@kvs.gov.spb.ru)

  • Olga Malinovskaya, Head of the International Programs, Cross Border and Bilateral Cooperation Department, Committee on International and Regional Relations, Leningrad Oblast Government (phone: +7 (812) 2741556, fax: +7 (812) 2745986, intrel@lenreg.ru)

The news publication date  20.08.2007

 

09.07.2007

The second issue of the CBC information bulletin is now available on European Commission website. 

To access the bulletin, please click on the link below:
Consult the English version of the Information Bulletin - Issue #2

The news publication date  09.07.2007

 

06.07.2007

Baltic Sea Programme 2007 – 2013 newsletter, July 2007

The July issue of the newsletter from the Baltic Sea INTERREG III B programme and the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 – 2013 is available for download here.

Highlights of the newsletter are:

  • Neighbourhood programme at full speed

  • Accessibility in the EU and in the Baltic Sea region

  • Finalised projects: Baltic Gateway

The news publication date  06.07.2007

 

12.06.2007

In Brussels a meeting of the Working group of the Baltic Sea Region Program was held

On June, 12 in Brussels a meeting of the Working group of the Baltic Sea Region Program 2007-2013 was held. In a meeting took part Shakhanov V.B (RF Ministry for Regional Development), Bukin D.V. (the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation), Karelina I.A. (RNSC Responsible Secretary), V.A.Skorohodov (Tacis Local Support Office in St. Petersburg). At the meeting questions of the technical support were discussed, as well as it’s audit & control.

The news publication date  12.06.2007

 

08-10.06.2007

BEIDS Briefing 2007: 7th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe was held in Lüneburg (near Hamburg, Germany)

The Nordost-Institut, Lüneburg (near Hamburg, Germany) organized the 7th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe on June 8-10, 2007. Main Conference topic was The Baltic Region between Germany and Russia: Dependence and Independence - Past and Present. The conference featured panels in the following disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas: information and communication technology, media, education; energy and environment, geography; economics, sociology and demography, gender studies; political science, internationals relations and law; advancing Baltic studies etc.

For further information please consult the Institute’s website.

The news publication date  05.02.2007

 

04.06.2007

Regional Seminar of 'South-East Finland - Russia' Neighborhood Program

On June 4, 2007 in St. Petersburg the regional seminar of project participants of the Program South-East Finland - Russia, who received funding during the first and second selection procedures, with participation of Estonia-Latvia-Russia projects from St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast took place. In the framework of the seminar Elena Belova (St. Petersburg InfoPoint of INTERREG III B Program) reported on main results and implementation stages of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Program.

Seminar Program

Presentation (contains interesting statistics on all 9 calls for proposals including with Tacis financing)

The news publication date  – 06.06.2007

 

June 2007

Spatial Planning Website COMMIN.org was launched

An opened and permanently updated Internet portal COMMIN.org, which is a main COMMIN (COMmon MINdscapes) Project instrument stimulating international exchange of knowledge among all involved into the spatial planning and development in the Baltic Sea Region, has been recently launched. COMMIN web based portal was designed as a dialogue platform. Platform core is a constantly enlarging glossary on spatial planning terminology. The database on main spatial terms in English language was created on the web site: the most important terms applied in 11 participating countries (Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden) were harmonized and then presented through common English terms based on common understanding and generally adopted definitions.

The news publication date  – 20.06.2007

 

June 2007

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.6 (June 2007)

The Institute for Privatization and Management Research Centre under expert support of the German Economic Team has published a new issue of the bulletin Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.6 (June 2007). The bulletin reviews recent developments in political and economic life of the country, covering real sector, structural trends, external sector, public finance, monetary policy, and banking sector in Belarus. June issue of the bulletin covers following topics:

  • The Belarusian government and Gazprom have signed an agreement to sell 50% of Beltransgaz stock

  • A substantial share of social benefits is abolished

  • Subsidy to suppliers of customer-owned crude oil has reached the level of 90% of export duty on crude oil

  • The yearly plan for collection of export duties is overfulfilled in the course of Jan-Mar

  • Credit Bureau has begun to operate

This and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian economics, are available at the Research Centre web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  – 19.06.2007

 

June 2007

INTERREG newsletter ‘INTERREG updated’ in 2007

HERE you can download a second issue of the INTERREG newsletter ‘INTERREG updated’ in 2007, which contains selected projects within the Federal Initiative of Transnational Cooperation.

The news publication date  – 11.06.2007

 

June 2007

Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 Post Conference Newsletter

The post conference newsletter is dedicated to the highlights from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 conference in Hamburg on May 10th-11th, 2007. In the newsletter you will find quotes from the speakers, impressions from the workshop and information about what is happening next.

The news publication date  01.06.2007

 

20.05-20.07.2007

V International Internet-Conference

Fifth international internet-conference ‘State Strategy for Innovative Economic Growth’ organized by the South Federal University (Economic Faculty, Department of Economic Theory) will take place on May 20th – July 20th, 2007.

Information letter

The news publication date  – 16.05.2007

 

10-11.05.2007

Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 - 2013 Conference

Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 - 2013 Conference was held on May 10th-11th, 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. Around 30 Russian participants from Murmansk Oblast, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Pskov Murmansk Oblast, Kaliningrad Murmansk Oblast, Republic of Karelia, and Arkhangelsk Murmansk Oblast attended the Conference. Two-day Conference offered the chance to learn about new opportunities in the coming programme, to establish useful contacts for future transnational co-operation and to discuss how projects will address four new co-operation themes: "fostering innovations", "accessibility", "Baltic Sea as common resource" and "improving competitiveness of cities and regions". Project Ideas catalogue is posted on the Conference web site.

Conference Program

General Information

The news publication date  10.05.2007

 

09.05.2007

Meeting of JPC Drafting Groups of the Baltic Sea Program 2007-2013

A meeting of JPC drafting groups of the Baltic Sea Program 2007-2013 was held on May 9th 2007 in Hamburg (Germany). Participants: Valery Shakhanov (RF Ministry for Regional Development), Irina Karelina (RNSC Responsible Secretary), Vladimir Skorokhodov (Tacis Local Support Office in St. Petersburg). The first discussion of the additional documents to the Program Document ‘Baltic Sea Program 2007-2013’ took place. Project selection process, proposals on selection criteria and implementation features of strategic projects as well as next steps were also observed on the meeting (refer to Agenda). Valery Shakhanov delivered to Managing Authorities the approval letter signed by the directory of RF Ministry for Regional Development. Under p. 3-5 of the Agenda Russian delegation delivered their proposals to be included into the Minutes. Next meeting of joint drafting groups is scheduled for September 2007.

The Baltic Sea Program 2007-2013 has its new logo and a new web site http://www.eu.baltic.net/.

Agenda

The news publication date  15.05.2007

 

May 2007

BSSSC Newsletter

HERE you can download a new issue of BSSSC (Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation) Newsletter in May 2007. For more information please  visit www.bsssc.com.

The news publication date  – 07.06.2007

 

May 2007

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.5 (May 2007)

The Institute for Privatization and Management Research Centre under expert support of the German Economic Team has published a new issue of the bulletin Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.5 (May 2007). The bulletin reviews recent developments in political and economic life of the country, covering real sector, structural trends, external sector, public finance, monetary policy, and banking sector in Belarus. May issue of the bulletin covers following topics:

  • Gazprom has confirmed its decision to purchase 50% of Beltransgaz’s stock

  • Further deceleration of GDP growth occurred

  • Merchandise trade deficit increased due to decrease in volume of exports

  • The share of short-term loans reduced in half

  • An agreement has been reached to sell Mesztorgbank and Slavneftebank to investors from Russia

This and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian economics, are available at the Research Centre web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  16.05.2007

 

20.04.2007

Tender for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

For 2007-2013 the Commission proposed a new financial instrument, the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) supporting the implementation of the EU Neighborhood Policy.
Estonia, Latvia and Russia are currently working on the future Estonia – Latvia - Russia ENPI cross-border cooperation programme. The objective of the SEA is to integrate environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of the Estonia-Latvia-Russia ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007 – 2013 with a view to promoting sustainable development.
Hereby the companies/persons interested in carrying out the strategic environmental assessment are invited to submit their proposals. Deadline for submission of tender proposals is 20 April, 2007.
Further details are available HERE.

The news publication date  – 27.03.2007

 

13.04.2007

BEIDS Briefing 2007: European Commission answers questions related to Interreg III and Interreg IV

The European Commission has established a platform in the context of which questions about INTERREG III and IV that are posted on the INTERACT Forum, will be answered. BEIDS network members may be able to register, activate an account and post their questions in the reserved discussion thread which can be found at: http://forum.interact-eu.net/

The news publication date  – 23.04.2007

 

April 2007

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.4 (April 2007)

The Institute for Privatization and Management Research Centre under expert support of the German Economic Team has published a new issue of the bulletin Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.4 (April 2007). The bulletin reviews recent developments in political and economic life of the country, covering real sector, structural trends, external sector, public finance, monetary policy, and banking sector in Belarus. April issue of the bulletin covers following topics:

  • Output decline in food industry

  • Foreign oil extraction agreements have been concluded

  • Belarus and Russia agreed on foreign trade conditions

  • The NBB restricts money supply

  • The state share in ‘Belvnesheconombank’ will be sold to the Russian ‘Vnesheconombank’

This and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian economics, are available at the Research Centre web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  – 16.04.2007

 

21.03.2007

Meeting with BSSSC Delegation

A meeting between the Delegation of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) and RNSC members was held in St. Petersburg (Smolny). BSSSC representatives: Arne Ören, Chairman of BSSSC Board of Directors, Governor of Østfold District Municipality, Ann Irene Sæternes, BSSSC Deputy General Secretary, Yury Tomilov, BSSSC Secretariat.

Arne Ören reported on main goals and tasks of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation as well as on the Action Plan for 2006-2008. A new Baltic Sea Region Program 2007-2013 was also discussed during the meeting.

The news publication date  – 08.04.2007

 

21.03.2007

RNSC Meeting

The forth meeting of the Russian National Sub-Committee of BSR Interreg III B Neighborhood Program was held in St. Petersburg. Additional information is available in the section About Committee/ Meetings.

Agenda

List of participants

The news publication date  – 08.04.2007

 

14-15.03.2007

Communication & Media Seminar (Berlin, Germany)

Communication & Media Seminar for Projects Running in BSR INTERREG III B BSR and INTERREG IIIC North took place on March 14th-15th, 2007 in Berlin (Germany). More than 110 communication officers and project managers from INTERREG programmes attended that event. The seminar covered a range of the most important topics that would help projects to communicate better with their target audiences. Ms. Elena Belova, Head of Leontief Centre’s Development Department, participated in the seminar.

The news publication date  16.03.2007

 

08-09.03.2007

41st CSD/BSR Meeting

41st meeting of VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies around the Baltic 2010) Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSD/BSR) took place on March 8th-9th, 2007. Ms. Irina Karelina, Leontief Centre’s General Director and RNSC Responsible Secretary, participated in the meeting.

Details are available at http://www.vasab.org/.    

The news publication date  12.03.2007

 

March 2007

BEIDS Briefing 2007: EU Sets Goals on Climate Change

The leaders of the EU’s 27 member states adopted a "bold and ambitious" programme of measures on climate protection and clean energy.  Leaders emerged from talks to announce agreement on binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energies by 2020. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the EU now had "the most ambitious climate protection strategy anywhere in the world".  The conclusions of the Summit can be seen HERE.

The news publication date  17.03.2007

 

March 2007

ScanBalt ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER

ScanBalt prepared a new issue of the Electronic Newsletter (March, 2007). For more information and previous issues please visit ScanBalt web site/ Newsletter section.

The news publication date  – 26.03.2007

 

March 2007

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.3 (March2007)

The Institute for Privatization and Management Research Centre under expert support of the German Economic Team has published a new issue of the bulletin Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.3 (March 2007). The bulletin reviews recent developments in political and economic life of the country, covering real sector, structural trends, external sector, public finance, monetary policy, and banking sector in Belarus. March issue of the bulletin covers following topics:

  • Representatives of the Belarusian Parliament took part in the sitting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE

  • Growth of inventories in industry

  • Twofold increase of excise taxes on oil products

  • Increase of rates of local taxes

  • Limits on credit margin have been abolished

This and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian economics, are available at the Research Centre web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  15.03.2007

 

February 2007

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 27, February 2007

Highlights of BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER (No 27, February 2007) are:

  • Why do we talk about communication?

  • Preparation of next programme goes on

  • Announcement: Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 conference

  • Finalised projects: Barents 2010

For additional information please visit BSR INTERREG website.

The news publication date  – 03.03.2007

 

February 2007

Pan European Institute’s Baltic Rim Economies – Bimonthly Review

Pan European Institute announced the free delivery of the "Baltic Rim Economies - Bimonthly Review". The Review consists of interesting news concerning the business climate, legislation, corporate acquisitions and major foreign direct investments in the three Baltic States and Poland. Each bimonthly report includes several expert articles on current topics. Since February 2006, also the economic development of the Kaliningrad region has regularly been covered in the expert articles of the review.

If you would like to receive this review please fill in a brief REGISTRATION FORM.

Last issue of the BRE-Review is available HERE.

The news publication date  – 20.02.2007

 

February 2007

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.2 (February 2007)

The Institute for Privatization and Management Research Centre under expert support of the German Economic Team has published a new issue of the bulletin Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.2 (February 2007). The bulletin reviews recent developments in political and economic life of the country, covering real sector, structural trends, external sector, public finance, monetary policy, and banking sector in Belarus. February issue of the bulletin covers following topics:

  • President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has visited Belarus

  • The rate of economic growth in 2006 amounted to 9.9%

  • Conditions of oil supply to Belarus are settled

  • Merchandise trade deficit reached USD 1.9 bn

  • Excise taxes on oil products have been cut by 60%

  • The volume of household time ruble deposits decreased

This and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian economics, are available at the Research Centre web site.

The news publication date  15.02.2007

 

31.01.2007

Announcement on the BSR INTERREG IIIB Web Site

On January 31st, 2007 on the web site of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Program (News Section) following information was posted:

1. Russian partners discussed implementation of projects with Tacis component

2. The preparation of the new Baltic Sea Program 2007-2013 goes on

Details are available HERE.

The news publication date  10.02.2007

 

29-30.01.2007

Nine projects approved in the 5th Call for proposals of EU financed INTERREG IIIA Priority North

On the 29-30 January 2007 the Steering Committee (SC) of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme IIIA Priority North met in Riga, Latvia to discuss the project applications submitted for the Vth Call for Proposals. The Call was closed on December 4th, 2006. Altogether 29 project applications were received.

The SC approved 9 projects and committed all available Tacis funding (Tacis Action Programme 2005) – 1.9 million EUR. The implementation of projects’ activities will be fully financed from Tacis funding. All project proposals in 5th Call have been submitted for Measure 2 – Cooperation on the EU External Borders with Russia. All the projects have been approved under conditions.

Approved projects are available HERE.

At the moment there are no funds left in the INTERREG IIIA Priority North, therefore no more Calls for project proposals within this programme will be organized. Altogether there are 46 projects approved in the INTERREG IIIA Priority North.

More information on the approved projects will be available on the Programme’s website.

The news publication date  05.02.2007

 

29.01.2007

Russian Version of Interreg Programme Website is Availible

Russian version of Interreg Programme website has been started up. Information in Russian is availible at http://www.bsrinterreg.net/rus/

The news publication date  01.02.2007

 

26.01.2007

Infoseminar on Implementation of BSR INTERREG III B NP Projects for Russian Partners

Infoseminar on implementation of BSR INTERREG III B NP projects for Russian partners took place in Saint Petersburg on January 26, 2007. The seminar was organized by BSR INTERREG III B NP Joint Secretariat (Riga, Latvia) and JS Infopoint in Saint Petersburg with assistance of EC Delegation in Russia and Committee for external relations of Saint-Petersburg. 60 persons took part in the seminar. Tacis rules (grant-contracts, costs, report’s procedures and forms), reporting procedure for Programme Secretariat in Riga and informational and printing requirements at projects implementation were reviewed in the framework of event.  Projects approved in the 8 (III B) and 3, 4 (IIIA) Calls for Proposals of BSR INTERREG III B NP also were presented. Participants of the seminar were afforded an opportunity to get individual consultations from Secretariat members, EC Delegation in Russia and Infopoints. 

The news publication date  02.02.2007

 

25-26.01.2007

JPC Meeting Took Place in Vilnius 

Joint Programming Committee of BSR Programme 2007-2013 meeting took place in Vilnius (Republic of Lithuania) on January 25-26. Valery Shakhanov (Regional Development Ministry of Russian Federation), Dmitry Bukin (Ministry for Foreign affairs of Russian Federation) and Irina Karelina (Responsible Secretary of RNSC, Leontief Centre) took part in the meeting. Issues of new BSR Programme 2007-2013 working out were discussed at the meeting.

The news publication date 01.02.2007  

 

15-16.01.2007

JPC Working Group Meeting Took Place in Copenhagen 

Working group of BSR Programme 2007-2013 Joint Programming Committee meeting took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) on January, 15-16.  Valery Shakhanov (Regional Development Ministry of Russian Federation), Dmitry Bukin (Ministry for Foreign affaifs of Russion Federation) and Irina Karelina (Responsible Secretary of RNSC, Leontief Centre) took part in the meeting. Issues of new BSR Programme 2007-2013 working out were discussed at the meeting.

The news publication date 01.02.2007  

 

02.01.2007

VASAB Secretariat Has Successfully Started its Operations in Riga

VASAB Secretariat has successfully started its operations in Riga on January 2, 2007. New  contacts you can find in the section Programmes/ VASAB/ Contact Information.

The news publication date  10.01.2007

 

2006

20.12.2006

INTERREG III A Newsletter No. 8 is available

Highlights of the Newsletter:

- 5th Call results

- N+2 – What is it?

- Financial control – how does it work?

- INTERREG IIIA website in Russian 

- Development of the territorial cooperation Programmes 2007-2013.

You can download the Newsletter HERE or on www.bsrinterreg3a.net.

The news publication date  26.12.2006

 

18.12.2006

9 projects approved in the 9th call

The 12th meeting of the Steering Committee for the Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme took place on 7-8 December 2006 in the growing polish city Wroclaw.
Among other issues, the Steering Committee decided on the applications received in the 9th round. SC approved nine project proposals and committed all available Tacis funding (Tacis Action Programme 2005) – 3,325,000 Euro. Two projects were put on the reserve list. The reserve projects will receive funding in case some of the approved projects are unable to conclude contracts.
The approved projects will run for two years and will finalize their activities in the beginning of year 2009. The implementation of projects’ activities will be fully financed from External (Tacis) Funding.
The 33 proposals submitted in this call applied for three times more funding than was available. The 9th call was open from 21 July to 16 October 2006. Two measures under the priority 3 (transnational and bilateral capacity building) were open for applicants. Majority of the proposals came in the field of economic development. However also other themes like environment, energy, sustainable development and transport were represented. The applying projects focused mainly on the partner countries Russia and Belarus. Most of the project partners came from Russia - in total 119. Also Belarusian partners were active with 14 project partners in the received applications.
Approved projects (9th call)

Project Title Measure Lead partner country
SPb InnoReg 3.1 FI
EastWest Window 3.1 LV
BEN-EAST 3.1 DK
MATRUSCHKA 3.1 FI
DaGoRus 3.1 FI
Matryoshka 3.2 LV
EastWind 3.2 DE
MunEM 3.2 DE
JOCCOW 3.2 SE
Reserve list:    
Greenhouse 3.1 NO
HinterlandXP 3.1 DE

At the moment there are no funds left in the running Baltic Sea INTERREG III B programme, therefore no more calls for project proposals will be organized. The first call under the new Baltic Sea Programme 2007-2013 (territorial cooperation) is planned for the 2nd half of year 2007.
Altogether there are 129 projects approved in the Baltic Sea INTERREG IIII B programme.

The news publication date  19.12.2006

 

7-8.12.2006

Meeting of BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee 

Steering Committee meeting was hold in Krakow (Poland) on 7-8, December 2006. Steering Committee decided on the applications received in the 9th Call for Proposals of the BSR Interreg III B NP. Co-chairman of RNSC Liana Maximova and responsible secretary of RNSC Irina Karelina took part in the meeting. SC approved nine of the 33 project proposals (all projects of this round were applied with the Russian participation). For more detailed information, please, see the part "Programme - Interreg III B - Steering and Monitoring Committees - Steering Committee - Meetings".

The news publication date  13.12.2006

 

27.11.2006

Belarus signed Action Programme 2005

We are glad to inform you, that the Action Programme 2005 has been
recently signed by the Belarusian government. It means that projects
approved in the ninth call can be contracted (Tacis funds) and the
‘suspensive clause‘ announced with the call is not valid any more.
By now, both Russia and Belarus have signed the Action Programme 2005.

The news publication date  05.12.2006

 

24.11.2006

Russian National Sub-Committee fourth meeting 

Russian National Sub-Committee fourth meeting took place in Saint Petersburg on 24th of November. More information on the meeting you can find in the part "About Committee".

The news publication date  11.12.2006

 

07-08.11.2006

XLI CSD/BSR meeting

XLI meeting of VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSD/BSR) will be take place in Warsaw (Poland) on 7-8 of November 2006.

The news publication date  27.10.2006

 

06-07.11.2006

BSR Stakeholders Conference: FUTURE OF OUR BALTIC EUROPE TERRITORY

BSR Stakeholders Conference: FUTURE OF OUR BALTIC EUROPE TERRITORY will be take place in Warsaw (Poland) on 6-7 of November 2006. Baltic Sea Region input to the Rotterdam Process and the Long-term Perspective on Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region. Click HERE for more information.

The news publication date  27.10.2006

 

26-27.10.2006

ENPI integrated into new Baltic Sea programme 2007-2013 – but submission to the European Commission postponed

Joint Programming Committee meeting was hold in Riga (Latvia) on 26-27, October 2006. At its meeting the Joint Programming Committee (JPC), responsible for preparing the new transnational programme for the Baltic Sea area, reached agreement on how to include both, funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Norway as well as funding from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) for the eligible regions of the partner countries Russia and Belarus into a joint programme. A compromise was concluded with the European Commission’s Directorate General for External Relations (DG Relex) to integrate the ENPI into the already defined four transnational Priorities of the new programme instead of introducing a separate Priority only for ENPI. This way, Russian and Belarusian project partners can fully participate in transnational cooperation in all thematic fields covered by the present four Priorities (Innovation, Accessibility, Environment and Settlement Structures). ENPI amounts to some 22 Million Euros whereas ERDF and Norway contribute with some 209 Million Euros to the budget of the programme.
Consequently, the original plan does not hold any longer to submit firstly the ERDF programme component to the European Commission for approval in November 2006. The challenge will be to find ways of how to integrate the objectives of the ENPI into the four transnational Priorities. Preparing the ENPI component will require more drafting work, discussions and negotiations with the partner countries as well as with DG Relex. The JPC scheduled a sixth meeting at the end of January 2007 to review the “integrated” draft programme. Afterwards, the programme will have to be accepted by each participating country in a national approval procedure. The new date for submission to the European Commission is now March 2007.
The “integrated” draft programme will however not yet include a plan of how to implement the ENPI funds. The new ENPI Implementing Rules will not earlier be ready than at about March. These rules will describe how to deal with ENPI funds at a practical level: how to contract funds, how to monitor, audit and control expenditure on the territory of the partner countries.
The JPC also took note of the work of the Ex-Ante evaluators (COWI A/S, Denmark). Their general impression of the programme at this stage was positive although more analysis to justify priority themes could have been provided. They pointed out that due to the variety of themes as well as the complexity of the programme it would be difficult to define impact indicators measuring the success of the programme as a whole as well as on Priority level. The JPC re-defined the overall objective of the programme reading now “to strengthen the development towards a sustainable, competitive and territorially integrated Baltic Sea region by connecting potentials over the borders”. The programme’s short name will be “Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013” added by sub-titles.
The JPC, hosted by Latvia and chaired by Arina Andriečika, Ministry of Regional Development and Local Governments, worked off a long agenda. Despite the agreement on integrating the ENPI into the transnational priorities of the programme, the JPC supported the proposal that the 10% flexibility rule should be kept as an option for project participants from countries outside the EU and Norway to join in. The programme area was considerably extended to the North-East in the Barents region in Russia, and also includes now the whole of Belarus as eligible territory.
The JPC did not reach an agreement about the final rate for Technical Assistance to support programme implementation. It was however agreed that the level should be at 6% of the total ERDF budget co-financed with 30 % from the national budgets. Norway will provide a 50 % co-financing rate to its share of the Technical Assistance budget. Further on, Germany was urged to nominate an Audit Authority to the programme by the end of November.

The news publication date  02.11.2006

 

25.10.2006

Ninth Meeting of BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee 

Ninth Monitoring Committee meeting was been held in Riga (Latvia) on 25th of October. 

The news publication date  13.12.2006

 

18.10.2006

33 new project proposals received in the 9th call

The 9th call for project proposals was closed on 16 October 2006. Altogether Joint Secretariat received 33 new applications.
The projects will be assessed and presented to the Steering Committee. The Committee will meet on 7-8 December in Krakow and make funding decisions. All projects contracted in the 9th application call will be financed solely from the external (Tacis) funding AP 2005.
You can find the list of submitted projects at  the www.bsrinterreg.net.

The news publication date  24.10.2006

 

13.10.2006

Publication "Nordic and Baltic Lessons to Post-Enlargement Europe"

new publication "Wider Europe - Nordic and Baltic Lessons to Post-Enlargement Europe".
It consists of different articles, some of them might interest you. The publication is free for down-loading
HERE.
The news publication date  13.10.2006

 

10-11.10.2006

Partner Search Forum and Lead Applicant Seminar. Individual Consultations

BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat (JS) and Tacis Regional Capacity Building Initiative project (RCBI) jointly organize a Partner Search – Lead Applicant Seminar devoted to the 5th Call Call for Proposals in the framework of the INTERREG IIIA Priority North launched on 2 October with the deadline on 4 December 2006. Seminar will take place on 10-11 October, in Tigra Hotel (Priekuli, Latvia).

 In the framework of the seminar participants will get a unique chance to establish new contacts and strengthen already existing networks, develop new project ideas with the assistance of the JS and Tacis RCBI experts , obtain the latest information on the particularities of the 5th call, as well as receive individual consultations.

Seminar is designed to meet demands of different groups of actors involved in project activity: experienced applicants and partners, as well as beginners looking for new contacts, coming up with their first project ideas. Invited to the seminar are representatives of regional and local authorities, NGO’s, educational institutions, other non-profit organizations from Latvia, Estonia and Russia interested in developing project proposals for the cross-border cooperation projects on the borders with Russia.

Please note, that seminar will be in English! In order to apply for the event participants are asked to fill in the Registration Form and send it to Joint Secretariat Riga: eMail: info@bsrinterreg3a.net or fax: + (371) 735 7372. Deadline for registration: 5 October 2006. For further information please contact Olga Smirnova or Signe Raikstina: + (371) 735 73 68

The news publication date  04.10.2006

 

October 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.10 (October 2006)
The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal
Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the
German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian
Monthly Economic Review
No.10 (October 2006) where following items are
presented:

  • New trends in the foreign policies of Belarus.
  • Fuel industry ensured about one-fourth of GDP growth.
  • Simplification of the rules of conducting business.
  • Belarus-Russia controversy over trade in oil products.
  • Budget surplus went down.
  • Interest spread decreased.
  • The number of banks that could act as mortgagees has been increased.

The news publication date  24.10.2006

28-30.09.2006

BEIDS Briefing 2006: ‘Cities and Governance for Sustainable Development’ Conference in Vilnius

The Conference "Cities and Governance for Sustainable Development" (CIGSUD) will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 28-30 September 2006. It is organized by the Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System (BEIDS), National Commission on Sustainable Development of Lithuania (NCSDL), Mykolas Romeris University, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. It is supported by the European Reference Point for Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development and the Interreg IIIB Project "Castles of Tomorrow".
It will provide a forum for a dialogue between researchers, politicians and the public and business sectors with the aim of encouraging the integration of economics, ecology, management and social policies into an interdiscipline aimed at developing a sustainable world.

More information is available HERE 

The news publication date  21.02.2006

 

28-29.08.2006  

Task Force Meeting for ENPI contribution to the integrated ERDF/ENPI BSR 2007-2013

The Task Force Meeting for ENPI contribution to the integrated ERDF/ENPI Baltic Sea Region programme 2007-2013 took place in St.Petersburg, RCBI Office on 28-29 August 2006. The meeting was organized by RCBI project and Leontief Centre as Russian National Sub-Committee’s Secretariat. Representatives of North-West regions administrations, RF Ministry for Foreign Affairs and RF Ministry for regional development took part in the meeting. The issues on Baltic Sea Region Neighborhood and Partnership Programme 2007-2013 preparation discussed at the meeting.

The news publication date  – 7.09.2006

 

28.08.2006  

Consultation seminars in St.Petersburg and Kaliningrad

Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat organises the two day seminars in Saint-Petersburg and Kaliningrad for the potential applicants who intends to apply for funding in the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme 9th Call.

The events will take place on 

  • 11-12 September, St. Petersburg, Russia 

  • 18-19 September, Kaliningrad, Russia.

During the first day of the seminar the information on programme priorities, available funding, programme requirements etc will be explained. On the second day the applicants could attend individual project consultations. 

In order to register for the seminar and/or consultation in St. Petersburg, please fill in the registration form and send by fax +7 (812) 570 38 14 or e-mail: belova@leontief.spb.su
In order to register for the seminar and/or consultation in Kaliningrad, please fill the registration form and send by fax: +7 (4012) 53 37 17 or e-mail: dmitrij.ofitserov@interreg3a.org

Downloads:

The news publication date  28.08.2006

17.07.2006

9th call for project proposals (Tacis) will be launched in July

At the Meeting that took place on 8-9 June in Straszyn/Poland the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee decided to organise the 9th call for project proposals. The 9th call will be launched on 17.07.2006 and closed on 16.10.2006. The 9th call for project proposals will be launched under the suspensive clause, which means that contracts for approved projects can be concluded only after the Financial Agreement for Action Programme 2005 is signed. All projects contracted in the 9th application round will be financed solely from the external (Tacis) funding AP 2005. More information is available HERE

The news publication date  - 04.07.2006

14.07.2006

BSR Interreg III B project's list was added to our page

The table of all BSR Interreg III B projects where Russian partners take part in are presented HERE: Projects>Good practice from European and Russian partners in joint EU co-operation projects>BSR Interreg III B projects with the participation of Russian partners. For detailed information please visit the web site: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/programme.html in the "Approved projects" part.

The news publication date  - 14.07.2006

03.07.2006

Public consultations of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG programme 2007-2013

The programme document presents priorities for transnational co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region for the period of 2007-2013. Its main ambition is to enhance actions across the state borders, which would contribute to higher competitiveness, more sustainable development and better territorial cohesion of the Baltic Sea Region.
The document, prepared by representatives of 11 countries around the Baltic Sea, has entered the consultation phase. All submitted comments and remarks will be used by the Joint Programming Committee to prepare the final proposal and hand it over to the European Commission in autumn 2006.
If you wish to express your opinion on the draft programme document, please fill in the questionnaire and send it to consultations@bsrinterreg.net by 15 September 2006.
A report containing the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the programme will be available for consultation at the later date.

Downloads:

For more information please visit the web site: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/programme.html

The news publication date  - 03.07.2006

26-27.06.2006

Ten projects approved in the INTERREG IIIA Priority North 4th Call

On the 26-27 June 2006 the Steering Committee of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme IIIA Priority North met in Narva-Jõesuu , Estonia to discuss the project applications submitted for the 4th Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals was closed on the 2 May 2006 and altogether 31 project applications were received.

The Steering Committee approved 10 projects, all of which have to fulfill additional conditions.
One project was approved under Measure 1 (cooperation on borders between Latvia and Estonia):

(1) „ Nature learning” (Lead Partner: Tartu Environmental Education Centre, Estonia ) – project promotes nature education, outdoor teaching and intensifies cross-border cooperation between relevant actors of Latvia and Estonia .
Nine projects were approved under Measure 2 (cooperation on the EU external borders with Russia):

(2) “WATERS” (Lead Partner: Värska Municipal Government, Estonia) – project focuses on reducing the load of untreated municipal waste water flowing into Lake Pskov .
(3) “Influence of dam and turbines of Narva hydropower station on the migration of European eel from Lake Peipsi basin” (Lead Partner: Estonian University of Life Sciences) - this project investigates eel migration from Lake Peipsi basin to the Baltic Sea .

(4) “Connect BALTIC-RUSSIA” (Lead Partner: Connect Latvia) - objective of the project is to expand Connect network to Russia .

(5) “New Spatial Development Zone for Border Regions of Latvia and Russia - Connecting Potentials of Two Countries” (Lead partner: Latgale Regional Development Agency , Latvia ) - project focuses on spatial development around Daugavpils–St. Petersburg transport corridor.

(6) “Promoting Museum Cooperation in Border Areas to Explore the Common Cultural Heritage” (Lead Partner: Madona District Council, Latvia) - project focuses on intensifying cooperation between the museums of Latvian and Russian border areas and raising attractiveness of these museums.

(7) “Cross-border development of town centrals” (Lead Partner: Kohtla-Järve Town Government, Estonia) - objective of the project is modernization of life environment in Kohtla-Järve and Slantsy industrial towns through development of town centrals.

(8) “Unique Estonian-Russian fortresses ensemble development as a single tourist product and conservation of cultural and historical heritage” (Lead Partner: Narva Town Government, Estonia) - objective of the project is to develop Narva-Ivangorod fortress ensemble as a single tourist product, and their conservation.

(9) “Development of the River Narva water tourist routes and integration into the Baltic Sea small harbours network” (Lead Partner: Narva Town Government, Estonia) - project is aimed at studying the opportunities and development of water tourism on the River Narva.

(10) “Crossborder Estonian-Russian cultural tourism development” (Lead Partner: Ida-Viru Association of Local Municipalities, Estonia) - project promotes cultural tourism development in Ida-Viru county and Leningrad region.

The total ERDF funding requested by these projects amounts to approximately 1.9 million EUR and 1.2 million EUR from Tacis funds.

Next Call for Proposals for the South Priority will be launched on 2nd October 2006. It will be open until 30 November 2006. As there is no more ERDF funding available, projects can apply only for Tacis funding. In total there will be approximately 1.9 million EUR available from the funds of Tacis Action Programme 2005.

The news publication date  05.07.2006

21-23.06.2006

BEIDS Briefing 2006: ECOBALTICA 2006 in Russia

Expressions of interest are now invited for the VI (Jubilee) International Youth Environmental Forum of the Baltic See Region Countries ("ECOBALTICA 2006), which will be held on 21st-23rd June 2006, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The event will discuss the latest trends on youth environmental action in the Baltic, including projects, teaching programmes and other educational activities. Further details may be obtained from Prof. Vasily Rud', Chairman of the Organizing Committee at: ecobaltica@yandex.ru

The news publication date  03.02.2006

08-09.06.2006

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee & update on 2007-2013

On 8th of June in Straszyn, located 12 km from Gdansk in Poland, the 12th meeting of the BSR Interreg IIIB NP Steering Committee took place. The meeting was chaired by Mariusz Kasprzyk, Implementing Authority for Phare CBC, and attended by representatives of all 11 countries. This time no decision on projects’ approval was taken - all ERDF funds have been already committed in the 8th call. The meeting was dedicated to the evaluation of the programme’s progress, addressed some major challenges in running nearly still 100 projects (problems with reporting, project changes) and analysed the state of the programme already after its mid-term (e.g. commitments versus spending). However, a very important decision has been taken: the 9th call for project applications will be launched in order to commit external Tacis funds available to our Programme. Due to the fact that signing the financial agreement for year 2005 by the Russian partners is expected later this year, the call will be launch on suspense clause on 17 July 2006 and will be closed on 16th October. Decision on projects approval will be made by the Steering Committee in December 2006.

Back-to back to the SC meeting another event important for the programme took place: a meeting of the next BSR Programme Drafting Teams. On 9th June, the content and implementation strategy and rules were discussed in two parallel sessions in Straszyn. The results of the discussions of two Teams will be presented as a consolidated programme draft to the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) in Bodö/Norway on 26 June. The Content team meeting succeed with agreeing on the scope of each priority in the new programme document to be presented to JPC. Quality criteria and indicators issues are subject to written comments before the final draft will be issued. The question of incorporation of ENPI into the frames of transnational cooperation programme is still open and will be addressed in coming JPC meeting. The Drafting Team responsible for implementation structures will recommend to the Joint Programming Committee to approve a mixed ERDF co-financing rate for projects (up to 85% ERDF contribution for partners from the new EU Member States). There was less consent about the amount for technical assistance which is dedicated to support programme management 2007-2013. The location of the new Joint Technical Secretariat however is clear now: the main office will stay in Rostock/Germany, and a second location will be kept in Riga/Latvia.

The news publication date  27.06.2006

June 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.6 (June 2006)
The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal
Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the
German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian
Monthly Economic Review No.6 (June 2006) where following items are
presented:

  • Gazprom intends selling gas to Belarus in 2007 at market prices

  • Slowing down of economic growth

  • Temporary suspension of production at Belaruskali

  • Restriction of consumer goods import

  • Reduction of VAT share in consolidated revenues

  • Increase of investment crediting

  • Inflow of Russian capital to the Belarusian banking system

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian
Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  20.06.2006

June 2006

BEIDS Briefing 2006: Marie Curie Summer Schools in Emerging Theories and Methods in Sustainability Research (THEMES)

BEIDS and the European Reference Point for Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development are pleased to announce a series of four Marie Curie funded summer schools in Emerging Theories and Methods in Sustainability Research (THEMES). The scholarships are meant to support PhD students or young PhD holders; delegates from Baltic countries are welcome to attend it.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona will host the first summer school, titled "Analyzing Complexity" in June 2006.

For more information please visit the web site: http://www.umb.no/research/themes

The news publication date  03.02.2006

17-18.05.2006

XL CSD/BSR Meeting

The 40th meeting of the Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region - VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) was held on May 17th-18th, 2006 in Malmo (Sweden). Representative of St. Petersburg Mrs. Irina Karelina, Leontief Centre President and RNSC Responsible Secretary, participated in the meeting.

During this meeting following problems were discussed

  • Further perspectives of spatial planning development in the Baltiñ Sea Region including the discussion of Parnu Seminar results

  • Discussion of activities of the Joint Programming Committee and Spatial Planning Conference

  • VASAB Secretariat activities in 2007-2010

The news publication date  22.05.2006

16-17.05.2006

Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Project Conference

The Baltic Sea INTERREG III B Project Conference - Setting Regions in Motion was held on May 16th-17th 2006 in Malmö (Sweden). Results achieved through transnational cooperation illustrated the added value of INTERREG III B to Baltic Sea Region. At the same time participants were up-dated on the future transnational programme in the Baltic Sea area starting in 2007.

More than 300 participants from projects, programme’s stakeholders, pan-Baltic organizations and the European commission got together in Malmö. Interactive workshops and a project exhibition were competed.
Additional information is placed on the BSR INTERREG III B Program web site
http://www.bsrinterreg.net/.

Conference Agenda

The news publication date  22.05.2006

16-17.05.2006

BEIDS Briefing 2006: European Seminar on Sustainability Research in Lithuania

European Seminar on Sustainability Research was held on May 16th-17th, 2006 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Main aim of the Seminar was to discuss the latest trends on sustainability research in Europe, with a special emphasis to the links between sustainability research and coastal zone management issues. Organizers: the Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System (BEIDS) and European Reference Point for Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development at TuTech Innovation (Hamburg Germany) in cooperation with the University of Vilnius and the Interreg IIIB project COASTMAN (Coastal Zone Management in the Baltic).

More information on the Seminar is available HERE

The news publication date  22.05.2006

15.05.2006

Meeting of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 with participation of members of

Meeting of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 with participation of working groups took place on May 15th, 2006 in Malmo, Sweden. Mrs. Irina Karelina participated in the meeting as Responsible Secretary of the Russian National Sub-Committee of the BSR INTERREG IIIB NP Program. Mrs. Belova also participated in the JPC meeting. Groups are now preparing proposals on new transnational cooperation program in the Baltic Sea Region for 2007-2013.

The news publication date  23.05.2006

02.05.2006

31 Application received for the 4th Call for Applications for INTERREG IIIA Priority North

The 4th Call for project applications for the INTERREG IIIA Priority North was closed on 2nd May 2006. The interest from the applicants was great, altogether 31 Application Form was received.

16 of the received projects have Latvian Lead Partners, 14 – Estonian Lead Partners and one project submitted has a Russian Lead Partner. In addition 45 partners from Latvia, 28 partners from Estonia and 53 partners from Russia are involved in the submitted applications.

4 project proposals have been submitted for Measure 1 – cooperation on border between Latvia and Estonia and 27 proposals for Measure 2 – cooperation on the EU external borders with Russia.

The total amount of funding requested from the ERDF is over 5 million EUR. The total amount of ERDF funds available for projects to be implemented is 2.2 million EUR.

The total amount of funding requested from Tacis funds is 3.3 million EUR. The funding allocated for this call from Tacis Action Programme 2004 is 0.2 million EUR and from Tacis Action Programme 2005 2.85 million EUR. Please note that the funding available from Tacis Action Programme 2005 has been allocated with a suspension clause, which means that the Grant Contracts between the Contracting Authority and the projects can be signed only after the Financial Agreement of Tacis Action Programme 2005 is signed by the Russian Federation and the European Commission.

Decisions on projects to be funded shall be made by the INTERREG IIIA Priority North Steering Committee on June 26-27, 2006.

INTERREG IIIA is a European Community Initiative Programme aiming at utilising the cross-border cooperation potential and facilitating the socio-economic development of the border regions. INTERREG IIIA North Priority supports cross-border cooperation on the borders between Estonia, Latvia and Russia and is implemented in the framework of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme.

The news publication date  12.05.2006

May 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.5 (May 2006)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.5 (May 2006) where following items are presented:

  • Sergey Sidorsky stayed in the position of prime minister

  • Industry contributed most to GDP growth

  • Change in regulation of small business activities

  • Considerable increase of deficit in trade with Russia

  • The legislative norm of giving state support in exchange of shares was introduced

  • Population increased demand for foreign currency

  • New concept of the Bureau of Credit Histories was adopted

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  15.05.2006

28.04.2006

NORDREGIO'S ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER BIFROST No. 2/2006 April

Nordregio – European centre for research, education and documentation on spatial development, established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, prepared a new issue of the Electronic Newsletter BIFROST No. 2/2006 (April). More information is presented on the Nordregio web site/ Notice Board section.

The news publication date  01.05.2006

24-25.04.2006

BEIDS Briefing 2006: International Conference ‘Current Issues of Sustainable Development’

The international conference "Current Issues of Sustainable Development" was held on 24-25 April 2006 in Opole, Poland. It was organized by Opole University, Faculty of Economics, supported by the European Reference Point for Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development (http://www.tutech.de/sd), the Interreg IIB Project ‘Watersketch’ - Strategies for Sustainable River Basin Management (http://www.watersketch.net) and BEIDS Project (Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System).

Here you could find the detailed information about the Conference.

The news publication date  22.05.2006

20-21.04.2006

Meetings of the Working and Consulting Groups of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 

Meetings of the working and consulting groups of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 was held on April 20th-21st, 2006 in Berlin (Germany). Leontief Centre President Irina Karelina participated in the meeting as Responsible Secretary of the Russian National Sub-Committee of the BSR INTERREG III B NP. The groups are actively preparing proposals on new Program for transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region for 2007-2013.

The news publication date  24.04.2006

20.04.2006

Information Seminar of INTERREG IIIA NP South-East Finland-Russia

On March 13th, 2006 the first meeting of the Joint Selection Committee of South-East Finland – Russia Neighborhood Program took place. Summarizing the results it was resolved to hold the second call for project proposals in the end of April 2006. So on April 20th, 2006 at 10 am (Smolny Palace, Lepnoy Hall) the Information Seminar will be held to discuss problems connected with the results of the first call for project proposals, rules of project proposals in the second call as well as other questions.

Please, contact experts of the Joint Technical Secretariat: Georgy Psarev (georgy.psarev@ekarjala.fi) or Lubov Gorelikova (lubov.gorelikova@ekarjala.fi), tel.: (812) 312-64-63, (812) 314-63-18.

The news publication date  24.04.2006

12-13.04.2006

Information conference for the 4th INTERREG IIIA Call for Proposals in St. Petersburg

Information conference for the 4th INTERREG IIIA Call for Proposals was held on April 12th-13th, 2006 in St. Petersburg Government, Smolny. More than 100 participants form St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region participated in the Conference (25 representatives of the authorities, 50 participants from non-profit organizations, 12 representatives from educational institutions, 8 experts (Secretariats, Projects, Programs)). Key representatives from St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Governments, St. Petersburg Tacis Local Support Office, RCBI Project, South Finland- Russia NP Programme were involved in the work of the Conference: representatives of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast Committees for Foreign Affairs, who are responsible for INTERREG IIIA and Steering Committee activities opened the work of the Conference; Head of St. Petersburg Tacis Local Support Office gave overview of Cooperation programmes between the EU and Russia. During the second day experts from the Local Support Office were involved in consultations; RCBI expert delivered presentations on the Tacis requirements. During the 13th of April, 2006 24 consultations with potential Project applicants were held by Riga Secretariat and St. Petersburg info point experts jointly with experts from St. Petersburg Tacis Local Support Office.

The news publication date  20.04.2006

April 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.4 (April 2006)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.4 (April 2006) where following items are presented:

  • Presidential elections were held

  • 24.5% of all enterprises now make losses

  • Energy tariffs were increased

  • The export share of oil products increased

  • A new functional classification of state budget expenditures was adopted

  • The net foreign assets of the NBB were reduced

  • Administrative stimulation of investment crediting

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  15.04.2006

April-September 2006

BEIDS Briefing 2006: High Level Training on Education for Sustainable Development in Hamburg

The European Reference Point for Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development (ERP) in Hamburg, which hosts the European Centre of Excellence on Education for Sustainable Development is hosting a set of high level training and information events in Hamburg, Germany in 2006.

These are:

Further details on registration can be obtained from the ERP team at: sd@tutech.de.

The news publication date  03.02.2006

27-28.03.2006

Information Conference for the 4th INTERREG IIIA Call for Proposals in Pskov

On March 27th-28th, 2006 the Information Conference for the 4th INTERREG IIIA Call for proposals was held in Pskov Government. More than 80 representatives of the authorities (27), not-for-profit organizations (21), educational institutions (6) from Pskov Region and municipalities as well as EU partners from Estonia and Latvia (21) and Secretariat (7) participated in the Conference. Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development and Property Issues of Pskov Government and Head of Riga Joint INTERREG IIIB Secretariat opened the work of the Conference and key Riga Secretariat. Riga Secretariat and St. Petersburg info point experts delivered above mentioned presentations and hand out materials on the basic INTERREG IIIA Priority North and Tacis requirement. During the 28th of March, 2006 around 20 consultations with potential Project applicants were held by Riga Secretariat and St. Petersburg info point experts from St. Petersburg Tacis Local Support Office.

The news publication date  03.04.2006

09-10.03.2006

Second Meeting of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 

On March 9th-10th, 2006 the Second meeting of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 was held in Riga (Latvia). Leontief Centre President Mrs. Irina Karelina as Responsible Secretary of the BSR INTERREG III B NP Russian National Sub-Committee participated in the meeting. Draft materials for the new program as well as perspectives of correlation of INTERREG and Neighborhood Programs in the Baltic Sea Region were considered during the meeting.

The news publication date  11.03.2006

March 2006

Individual consultations in the Joint Secretariat Riga

Individual consultations are available to the potential applicants that develop INTERREG IIIA projects and would like to discuss their project ideas with the Project Managers in the Joint Secretariat Riga. 

Consultations take place every Wednesday from until 2 May 2006 in the premises of JS Riga, address: Elizabetes iela 19, Riga, Latvia (entrance from the yard).

To book a consultation time, potential applicants have to contact JS Riga and submit the project idea form that can be downloaded here

The news publication date  09.03.2006

March 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.3 (March 2006)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.3 (March 2006) where following items are presented:

  • Presidential candidates are registered

  • Share of loss making enterprises decreased

  • Tightening state regulation of prices

  • In 2005 exports and imports fell in real terms

  • 2005 closed with a net budget deficit

  • The money supply decreased January

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://research.by.

The news publication date  15.03.2006

March 2006

Programme Manual updated

Programme Manual for Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme INTERREG IIIA Priorities Estonia-Latvia-Russia (North) Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus (South) has been updated according to changes in the Programme implementation system.

The Manual provides an overview of the planning, managing and follow-up to the projects financed from the INTERREG IIIA Priorities North and South and will provide information on the process from implementation to monitoring, reporting and finalization of the project and assist to applicants in implementing and finalizing the approved projects.

The Programme Manual is available HERE

The news publication date  03.03.2006

28.02.2006

St. Petersburg Liaison office of the EC Delegation to Russia was closed

St. Petersburg Liaison office of the EC Delegation to Russia was closed on February 28th, 2006. All tasks related to the project management are relocated to the EC Delegation, Moscow. Contact information:

Tel.: +7 (495) 721 20 34

Fax: +7 (495) 721 20 40

e-mail: valentina.chaplinskaya@cec.eu.int

The news publication date  28.02.2006

27.02-02.05.2006

The 4th Call for Proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Priority South has been launched

The 4th Call for Proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Priority South supporting cross-border co-operation between Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus is open from 27th February 2006 with the deadline for project submission on 2nd May 2006.

Funding available in the ERDF budget for the 4th Call projects amounts at approximately 2.7 million EUR. Tacis funding available from Action Programme 2004 is 0.8 million EUR.

No Tacis funding will be allocated for small-scale projects, namely, small-scale projects will be financed only from ERDF.

Applicants can be public authorities from national, regional and local level, public equivalent bodies, such as research and training institutions, foundations, schools, universities, municipal enterprises, agencies, associations, as well as NGOs and other non-for-profit organizations. Also private bodies can participate in projects as partners.

Application Form and other relevant documents (e.g. Programme Document, Programme Complement, Programme Manual, EU legislation) are available here

The full set of documents and the Guidelines for Applicants are available at:

BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat Riga

Address: Elizabetes iela 19, Riga LV 1010,

Tel: (+371) 7357368,

e-mail: info@bsrinterreg3a.net

St. Petersburg Info Point of the Joint Secretariat BSR INTERREG III B NP

Address: 6, per. Antonenko, St. Petersburg, 190000

Tel.: +7(812) 570-36-26, tel.: +7(812) 314-14-12, fax: +7(812) 570-38-14

e-mail: belova@leontief.spb.su

Pskov Info Point of the Joint Secretariat BSR INTERREG III B NP

Address: 18, Metallistov, Pskov, 180000

Tel.: +7(8112) 16-97-19, fax: +7(8112) 16-47-78

e-mail: escpskov@ellink.ru

The news publication date  03.03.2006

01.02.2006

St. Petersburg and Pskov Info Points were opened

St. Petersburg and Pskov Info Points of the Joint Secretariat Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Program were opened on February 1st, 2006.

Contact information:

St. Petersburg Info Point of the Joint Secretariat BSR INTERREG III B NP

Address: 6, per. Antonenko, St. Petersburg, 190000

Tel.: +7(812) 570-36-26, tel.: +7(812) 314-14-12, fax: +7(812) 570-38-14

e-mail: belova@leontief.spb.su

Contact persons:

Elena Belova, Lead Expert

Zhanna Podolyako, Expert

Pskov Info Point of the Joint Secretariat BSR INTERREG III B NP

Address: 18, Metallistov, Pskov, 180000

Tel.: +7(8112) 16-97-19, fax: +7(8112) 16-47-78

e-mail: escpskov@ellink.ru

Contact person:

Svetlana Zhuravleva, Expert

The news publication date  10.02.2006

February 2006

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 24, February 2006

The presentations of following six projects were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 24/ February 2006:

- 20 regular and 8 Tacis upgrade projects approved in the 8th call

- No further regular ERDF calls in the Baltic Sea programme

- News from projects: eHealth for Regions

- Ex-ante evaluation - call for tenders to be opened

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 24, February 2006, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section

The news publication date  09.02.2006

February 2006

NORDREGIO'S ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER BIFROST No. 1/2006 February

Nordregio – European centre for research, education and documentation on spatial development, established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, prepared a new issue of the Electronic Newsletter BIFROST No. 1/2006 (February). More information is presented on the Nordregio web site/ Notice Board section.

The news publication date  06.02.2006

February 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.2 (February 2006)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.2 (February 2006) where following items are presented:

  • Consideration of Constitutional Act of the Union State of Belarus and Russia was postponed

  • Acceleration of GDP growth in the fourth quarter

  • More state support to loss making enterprises

  • Rise of oil products export duty

  • Withdrawal of government deposits from the NBB in December

  • Considerable growth acceleration of the money supply

  • Adoption of new regulations for Belinvestbank

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  15.02.2006

26-27.01.2006

Meetings of the Working and Consulting Groups of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 

Meetings of the working and consulting groups of the Joint Programming Committee on Baltic Sea Region Program for 2007-2013 took place on January 26th-27th, 2006 in Copenhagen (Dania). I.A. Karelina, Leontief Centre President, participated in the meeting as Responsible Secretary of the Russian National Sub-Committee of the BSR INTERREG III B NP. The Committee will prepare proposals on the priorities for transnational co-operation in the BSR programme 2007-2013. RF Ministry for Regional Development and RF Ministry for Economic Development and Trade were invited for cooperation from the Russian side. A.O. Bobyleva was appointed to the Joint Committee to represent RF Ministry for Regional Development.

The news publication date  06.02.2006

17-18.01.2006

Fifteen Projects Approved in the INTERREG IIIA South Priority

On the 17-18 January 2006 the Steering Committee (SC) of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme IIIA Priority South met in Daugavpils, Latvia to discuss the project applications submitted for the second Call for Proposals. The Call was launched on the 5th September 2005 and was closed on the 31 October 2005. Altogether 35 project applications were received.
The SC approved 15 projects to be co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), 14 of them have been approved under conditions.

The total requested ERDF funding amounts to 4 million EUR. However, the allocated funding may be different due to the fact that some projects have been approved under conditions, i.e. certain improvements are required, including budget changes.
Next Call for Proposals for the South Priority will be launched on 20 February 2006. It will be open until 2 May 2006. Available ERDF funding amounts to 2,7 million EUR. Tacis funding available from Action Programme 2004 is 800 000 EUR.

HERE you could find the list of approved projects.

The news publication date  19.01.2006

January 2006

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2006)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.1 (January 2006) where following items are presented:

  • Presidential elections will take place on March 19

  • The fuel industry experienced accelerated growth

  • In 2006 the price of Russian gas for Belarus will remain on the level of 2005

  • Surplus of current account decreased

  • Budget law for 2006 was passed

  • Ban on giving the government loans to finance its budget deficit was included into the Banking Code

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  27.01.2006

 

2005

 

13.12.2005

The Latest Amendments in the BSR INTERREG III B NP

The latest amendments in the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme were approved on 13th December 2005 by the Commission. The amendments were approved by the Monitoring Committee in the written procedure in August 2005.

The amendments of the programme concerned financial figures due to substitution of estimated private co-financing with national public co-financing in the Priorities 5 and 6. During the approval procedure with the Commission some technical corrections/ amendments were added in chapter 12.1 (Financing from Member States) as well as in pages 81 and 92 of chapter 7 (Priorities and measures) following the proposal of the Commission.

You could find the whole amended programme on the BSR INTERREG  III B NP web site, section Programme&Projects/ Programme Documents.

The news publication date  19.12.2005

07-09.12.2005

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee

The BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee 11th meeting was held in Lillehammer (Norway) on December 7th-9th 2005. M.V. Perov (RF Ministry for Regional Development), O.V. Klimov (Novgorod Oblast Administration) and I.A. Karelina (Leontief Centre) – as Responsible Secretary of the BSR INTERREG III B NP Russian National Sub-Committee – are Steering Committee members. I.A. Karelina presented Russian side on the meeting held on December 7th-9th 2005. Main aim was to select projects – winners of the 8th application round. As the result 28 applications including 25 with Russian participation were approved.

You could find the detailed information on RNSC web site, section Programs/ Steering Committee/ Meetings. 

The news publication date  19.12.2005

 

December 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.12 (December 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.12 (December 2005) where following items are presented:

  • The EU and the USA opposed the Belarusian proposal to begin drafting a final WTO accession document

  • The Belarusian government plans to clear all debts between enterprises

  • The Jan-Sep merchandize trade balance was close to zero

  • The Central Budget for 2005 was revised, increasing its revenues and expenditures

  • Transferable deposits of the legal entities have increased

  • The benefits for banks-residents of Free Economic Zones were abolished

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  16.12.2005

 

December 2005

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 23, December 2005

The presentations of following six projects were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 23/ December 2005:

- COMPASS

- ECO Forum Baltica

- EUROB

- High Quality Tourism II

- Islands in History

- Baltic Pallet II

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 23, December 2005, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section

The news publication date  15.12.2005

 

21-22.11.2005

The First Meeting of the Joint BSR Programme Committee

The first meeting of the Joint Committee of the Baltic Sea Region Programme for 2007-2013 was carried out on November 21st-22nd 2005 in Helsinki (Finland). Leontief Centre President Irina Karelina participated in the meeting as the Responsible Secretary of the Russian National Sub-Committee. The Programme Committee is obliged to prepare in 2006 the suggestions on a New Programme of transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region for 2007-2013 years. Task Force and Consulting Groups of the Committee will be developed within the next time. 

The news publication date  23.11.2005

 

November 2005

48 applications received for the 3rd Call for Applications for INTERREG IIIA North Priority

The 3rd call for project applications for the INTERREG IIIA North Priority was closed on 14 November 2005. Altogether 48 applications have been received.

24 of the received projects have Latvian Lead Partners, 23 – Estonian Lead Partners and one project submitted has a Russian Lead Partner. In addition 76 partners from Latvia, 96 partners from Estonia and 41 partners from Russia are involved in the submitted applications.

18 project proposals have been submitted for Measure 1 – cooperation on border between Latvia and Estonia and 30 proposals for Measure 2 – cooperation on the EU external borders with Russia.

Decisions on projects to be funded shall be made by the INTERREG IIIA North Priority Steering Committee on January 23-24, 2006.

INTERREG IIIA is a European Community Initiative Programme aiming at utilising the cross-border cooperation potential and facilitating the socio-economic development of the border regions. INTERREG IIIA North Priority supports cross-border cooperation on the borders between Estonia, Latvia and Russia and is implemented in the framework of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme. 

The news publication date  22.11.2005

 

November 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.11 (November 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.11 (November2005) where following items are presented:

  • The draft of the Constitutional Act of the Union of Belarus and Russia received preliminary approval

  • Services contributed most to GDP growth in the third quarter of 2005

  • The state became the sole owner of Beltransgaz

  • Local governments have fiscal surpluses as a consequence of the new VAT distribution mechanism

  • The NBB financed the government

  • More state interference in investment crediting

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  14.11.2005

 

24-25.10.2005

Lead Applicant Seminar INTERREG IIIA Latvia- Estonia – Russia

BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat Riga organizes the seminar for Lead Applicants to the INTERREG IIIA Priority North supporting the cross-border cooperation between Latvia, Estonia and Russia. The Lead Applicant Seminar will take place on 24-25 October in Taagepera, Estonia.

The objectives of the seminar are:

to provide Lead Applicants with detailed information on how to fill in the application form;

to explain the most important project implementation procedures;

to provide opportunity for individual consultations

The language of the seminar will be English.

In order to register for the Seminar, the interested Lead Applicants are asked to submit a Registration Form and the Project Information Form, which must be sent to Signe Raikstiņa: info@bsrinterreg3a.net, tel.+371 735 7368, fax: +371 7357372.

The deadline for registration is 14th October, 2005.

The news publication date  05.10.2005

 

20-22.10.2005

The 13th BSSSC Conference Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness: Key Challenges for the Baltic Sea Region

The 13th Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC) Conference Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness: Key Challenges for the Baltic Sea Region will take place in Szczecin, Poland (SAS Radisson Hotel) on the 20th-22nd of October 2005.

Here you could find the full programme.

For further information, please, contact Ms. Katarina Lewalska: tel.: +46 (0) 70 924 02 67, katarina.lewalska@skane.se

The news publication date  03.10.2005

 

October 2005

Additional information about INTERREG IIIA Running projects

The information about the projects supported from the INTERREG IIIA priorities is provided now on the BSR INTERREG III A web site, the Running Projects section.

In this section is possible to download list and description of INTERREG approved projects in 1st and 2nd round.  

The news publication date  13.10.2005

 

October 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.10 (October 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.10 (October 2005) where following items are presented:

  • The fuel sector growth has slowed

  • Russia carries out a compensation investigation on sugar imports from Belarus

  • Lower growth rate of oil imports from Russia

  • The VAT revenue distribution mechanism was changed

  • The NBB’s net foreign assets decreased

  • Negotiations took place on possible selling authorized banks to foreign investors

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by

The news publication date  13.10.2005

 

October 2005

ScanBalt ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER ScanBalt No. 7/2005 October

ScanBalt prepared a new issue of the Electronic Newsletter No. 7/2005 (October). More information and previous issues are presented on the ScanBalt web site/ Newsletter section.

The news publication date  03.10.2005

 

October 2005

New Strategic Documents

You could find following new strategic documents on the RNSC web site, section Useful Links:

The news publication date  06.10.2005

 

23.09.2005

The Eighth Call for Project Application of BSR IR IIIB Programme

The eighth call for project proposals was closed on the 23rd of September 2005. Totally 64 project applications were submitted to the Joint Secretariat. The approval decisions will be taken by the Steering Committee in December 2005.

The news publication date  01.10.2005

 

19.09.2005

Sixth Conference of Ministers in Gdansk
Sixth Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Countries of the Baltic Sea Region was held on the 19th of September 2005 in Gdansk (Poland). Leontief Centre President Irina Karelina, as a member of VASAB Committee and official representative of the RF Ministry on Regional Development participated in the Conference.

- Gdańsk Declaration

- I.A.Karelina Presentation

- Photo Report

The news publication date  22.09.2005

06.09.2005

InfoSeminar on the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG IIIB Neighborhood Programme
The Information Seminar devoted to the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG IIIB Neighborhood Programme and Baltic Sea Region INTERREG IIIB Programme IIIA Priority North (Estonia-Latvia-Russia) and organized by St. Petersburg Tacis Local Support Office Project Support to Local Capacity Building through Local Support Offices (Technical Offices) in the Russian Federation and by the Central Office of Regional Capacity Building Initiative (RCBI) Project, was held on the 6th of September 2005 in Smolny. I.A. Karelina, Leontief Centre’ President, and E.G. Belova, Head of Development Department of the Leontief Centre, Academic Secretary, participated in the Information Seminar. 

Seminar Materials:

The news publication date  10.09.2005

05.09-15.11.2005

Individual consultations on INTERREG III A Programme

Individual consultations are available to the potential applicants that develop INTERREG IIIA projects and would like to discuss their project ideas with the Project Managers in the Joint Secretariat Riga. 

Consultations take place every Wednesday from 5 September until 31 October (South) and 15 November (North) 2005 in the premises of JS Riga, address: Elizabetes iela 19, Riga, Latvia (entrance from the yard).

To book a consultation time, potential applicants have to contact JS Riga and submit the project idea form that can be downloaded here

The news publication date  14.09.2005

05.09-15.11.2005

The 3rd Call for Proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Priority North has been launched

The 3rd Call for Proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Priority North supporting cross-border co-operation between Estonia, Latvia and Russia has been launched on 5th September 2005 with the deadline for project submission on 14th November 2005.

The INTERREG IIIA Priority North is implemented within the framework of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme and is financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Tacis programme, and co-financed by national partners.

You could find all the documents needed on the INTERREG III A web site, How to Apply/ Applicant's Pack section.

The news publication date  05.09.2005

 

05.09-31.10.2005

The 3rd Call for Proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Priority South has been launched

The 3rd Call for Proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Priority South supporting cross-border co-operation between Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus has been launched on 5 September 2005 with the deadline for project submission on 31 October 2005.

The objective of the Priority South is to utilize cross-border co-operation potential in order to facilitate the socio-economic development of the cross-border co-operation territory. INTERREG IIIA Priority Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus (South) is implemented in the framework of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme.

INTERREG IIIA Priority South is financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and EU Tacis programme and co-financed by project partners.

You could find all the documents needed on the INTERREG III A web site, How to Apply/ Applicant's Pack section.

The news publication date  05.09.2005

01-02.09.2005

XXXVIII CSD/BSR meeting

The XXXVIII meeting of the Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region - VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) was held on the 1st-2nd of September 2005 in Gdansk (Poland). I.A. Karelina as RNSC Responsible Secretary participated in this meeting.

During this meeting the questions concerning preparation of the Sixth Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Countries of the Baltic Sea Region were discussed. Also in the framework of the meeting Gdańsk Declaration, which will be signed by the Ministers of BSR countries, was considered. 

The news publication date  05.09.2005

September 2005

2 new articles on the BSR INTTEREG web site

You could find 2 new articles on the BSR INTTEREG web site, What’s new section:

1) Applying for Tacis funding - questions and answers

2) Pskov Region expressed its interest in participation in projects 

The news publication date  – 14.09.2005

September 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.9 (September 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared a new number of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review No.9 (September 2005) where following items are presented:

  • Belarus signed the Kyoto Protocol

  • Wages grew faster than labor productivity

  • Belarus adopted the Concept of Energy Security

  • The export of ferrous metals fell by 7.4% yoy in the 2nd quarter of the 2005

  • Government deposits in the NBB decreased

  • The legal requirement to provide collateral by guarantor for loans was abolished

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  – 13.09.2005

 

September 2005

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 22,  September 2005

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 22/ September 2005:

- Eighth call for project applications is open!

- Extension Stage Instrument to the running projects launched!

- Maritime Safety Umbrella Operation

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 22, September 2005, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section

The news publication date  01.09.2005

 

September 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: Nordic Council of Ministers supports professional links

The Nordic Council of Ministers´ Information Office in St. Petersburg has announced the opening of applications for the NordProLink (Nordic Professional Links) scheme.

The scheme provides an opportunity to young employees, residents in the Russian Federation, from small and medium-enterprises in St. Petersburg, the Republics of Karelia and Leningrad, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Pskov, Veliky Novgorod and Kaliningrad regions to fulfill a training programme of up to one month in a Nordic country.

Grants cover accommodation expenses, travel fare to and from the chosen Nordic country, insurance and a daily allowance. Further details can be seen at: http://www.nordprolink.net

The news publication date  – 01.09.2005

August 2005

NORDREGIO'S ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER BIFROST No. 4/2005 August

Nordregio – European centre for research, education and documentation on spatial development, established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, prepared a new issue of the Electronic Newsletter No. 4/2005 (August). More information is presented on the Nordregio web site/ Notice Board section.

The news publication date  – 15.08.2005

August 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: Environmental policy integration in Europe - Administrative Culture and Practices

A new report on Environmental policy integration in Europe - Administrative Culture and Practices (Technical report No 5/2005), has been released. The report presents an overview of administrative culture and practices for EPI in Europe and investigates some of the main management styles used.

It reviews institutional structures and practices in the EU-25, the candidate and applicant countries, the countries of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) and the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and central Asia (EECCA).

Here you could find the report.

The news publication date  – 16.08.2005

August 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.8 (August 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005), ¹3 (March 2005), ¹4 (April 2005), ¹5 (May 2005), ¹6 (June 2005), ¹7 (July 2005)  and ¹8 (August 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  – 11.08.2005

05.07.2005

Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs: Community Strategic Guidelines, 2007-2013

On the 5th of July European Commission approved the strategic document Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs: Community Strategic Guidelines, 2007-2013

Here you could find this document

The news publication date  10.07.2005

July 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.7 (July 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005), ¹3 (March 2005), ¹4 (April 2005), ¹5 (May 2005), ¹6 (June 2005)  and ¹7 (July 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  – 10.07.2005

July 2005

Neighbourhood Programmes Electronic Newsletter

HERE you could find the 3rd edition of the Neighbourhood Programmes Electronic Newsletter

The news publication date  21.07.2005

July 2005

Vacancies at Baltic 21

The Baltic 21 Unit at the CBSS Secretariat is seeking a Head of Unit (in spring 2006) and a Senior Adviser (on 12th November 2005). A vacancy announcement and a detailed description of tasks and responsibilities, required qualifications for the two posts, as well as other relevant information are provided on the Baltic 21 web site.

The news publication date  04.07.2005

29-30.06.2005

Nine projects approved in the INTERREG IIIA South Priority

On the 29-30 June 2005 the Steering Committee (SC) of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme IIIA Priority South met in Druskininkai, Lithuania to discuss the project applications submitted for the second Call for Proposals. The Call was launched on the 28th February 2005 and was closed on the 2nd May 2005. Altogether 21 project applications were received.

The SC approved 9 projects to be co-financed from the ERDF, all of them have been approved under conditions.

Next Call for Proposals for the South Priority will be launched on 5th of September 2005. It will be open until 31 October 2005.

The Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme IIIA Priority South is financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the EU Tacis Programme. It supports cross-border cooperation between the regions located on the borders between Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. Total amount of funding available for the projects in South priority for the years 2004 - 2006 amounts to 10,417,541 EUR from the ERDF and 1 million EUR has been allocated from Tacis 2004 Programme.

The news publication date  01.07.2005

22.06.2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: Specialist Seminar Dealing with Environmental Risks and Catastrophes in Coastal Areas in the Baltic Region

The main aim of the event is to discuss with specialists on environmental disasters and catastrophe management which measures, projects and initiatives are being undertaken to deal with environmental risks and prevent or deal with environmental accidents in the Baltic Coast.

The specialist Seminar "Dealing with Environmental Risks and Catastrophes in Coastal Areas in the Baltic Region" will be held in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday the 22nd June 2005.  It will be opened by Hamburg’s Senator for City Development and Environment, Dr. Michael Freytag. The programme and further logistical information can be seen at:

http://www.coastalmanagement.net/en/index.php?page=seminar&nav=seminar

The news publication date  20.04.2005

21.06.2005

Russia Signed Financial Agreement for Tacis 2004

The funds for Russian partners in the applying projects can now be released. The bodies managing Tacis and ERDF funds have to agree on procedures to be followed. Russian partners will be eligible for funding in the coming (eighth) call. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

The news publication date  23.06.2005

13-14.06.2005

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee
The BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee 8th meeting took place on the 13th – 14th of June in Helsinki (Finland). I.A. Karelina, RNSC Responsible Secretary, participated in the meeting as observer.

The news publication date  20.06.2005

02-03.06.2005

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee

The BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee 10th meeting was held on the 2nd – 3rd of June in Oslo, Norway. I.A. Karelina, RNSC Responsible Secretary, participated in the meeting. The project applications, which were submitted to the 7th application round for INTERREG financing, were discussed during that meeting. 21 project ideas with Russian participation were submitted and among them10 projects ideas were approved.

You could find more information on the RNSC web site, section Programs/ Steering Committee/ Meetings

The news publication date  10.06.2005

June 2005

Action Programmes 2004 has been signed
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) signed copies of the 2004 Action Programmes (CBC - including both Neighborhood Programmes and Infrastructure)

The news publication date  22.06.2005

June 2005

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 21, June 2005

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 21/ June 2005:

- next call to be open in July

- 17 projects approved in the seventh call

- uncertainty about future transnational co-operation

- guidance note (for those interested in applying in the next call for project applications in autumn 2005)

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 21, June 2005, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section

The news publication date  22.06.2005

June 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.6 (June 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005), ¹3 (March 2005), ¹4 (April 2005), ¹5 (May 2005) and ¹6 (June 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  10.06.2005

 

26-27.05.2005

XXXVII CSD/BSR meeting

The XXXV meeting of Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region - VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) was held on the 26th-27th of May 2005 in Kaliningrad (Russia). I.A. Karelina participated in this meeting.

You could find more information on the RNSC web site, section Programs/ VASAB 2010/ Events and Meetings

The news publication date  30.05.2005

23-24.05.2005

Partner Search Forum in Vilnius

The fourth Partner Search Forum (PSF) was organized on the 23-24 May 2005 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The purpose of the Partner Search Forum was to encourage the prospective partners to present their ideas and find partners for the cooperation in the field of spatial planning and regional development issues. The Forum was focused on the Priority 2 for promotion of territorial structures supporting sustainable development and on the programme’s Priority 3 for transnational and bilateral cooperation on institutional and capacity building.

Forum organizers: BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat and the Ministry of Interior of Republic of Lithuania.

HERE you could find additional information

The news publication date  30.05.2005

23.05.2005

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B National Sub-Committees
The BSR INTERREG III B National Sub-Committees meeting took place on May 23rd 2005 in Vilnius (Lithuania). Irina Karelina, as RNSC Responsible Secretary, and A.V. Sereda, as Representative of RNSC Co-chairman from Pskov Oblast Administration, participated in the meeting from the side of Russian National Sub-Committee.Irina A. Karelina, RNSC Responsible Secretary, made a presentation concerning RNSC activities.

The news publication date  25.05.2005

May 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.5 (May 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005), ¹3 (March 2005), ¹4 (April 2005) and ¹5 (May 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  15.05.2005

May 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: Governments offered sustainability guidance
A new European Commission paper asks EU governments to recommit to sustainable development, ahead of a forthcoming review of its sustainability strategy.

EU leaders, including leaders from all Baltic countries, will review the communication at their June summit. It broadly reiterates priorities and definitions in the existing strategy. But whereas EU and global sustainability matters were previously agreed at separate summits in Gothenburg and Barcelona, they are now set to be drawn into one document, the communication says.

HERE you could find additional information

The news publication date  30.05.2005

18.04.2005

15 Applications Received for the INTERREG IIIA North Priority

The 2nd call for project applications for the INTERREG IIIA North Priority was closed on 18 April 2005. Altogether 13 applications have been received.

9 of the received projects have Latvian Lead Partners and 6 – Estonian Lead Partners. In addition 35 partners are from Latvia, 21 partners from Estonia and 5 partners from Russia are involved in the submitted applications.

11 project proposals have been submitted for Measure 1 – cooperation on cooperation on borders between Latvia and Estonia and 4 for Measure 2 – EU external borders with Russia.

Decisions on projects to be funded shall be made by the INTERREG IIIA North Priority Steering Committee on June 16-17, 2005.

INTERREG IIIA is a European Community Initiative Programme aiming at utilising the cross-border cooperation potential and facilitating the socio-economic development of the border regions. INTERREG IIIA North Priority supports cross-border cooperation on the borders between Estonia, Latvia and Russia and is implemented in the framework of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme.

The news publication date  20.04.2005

06.04.2005

IBPP competition - Support of Civil Society and Local Initiatives

On the 6th of April 2005 St. Petersburg Local Support Office of EU Projects in cooperation with Committee for External Relations and Tourism under St. Petersburg Administration carried out an information seminar to discuss conditions of announced IBPP competition – support of civil society and local initiatives with representatives of regional and local authority bodies and non-commercial partnerships of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast

In the framework of this programme it is possible to get grant on projects in following spheres:

- administrative and legal reform

- local economic development

- reforming of social system

Here you could find presentations of Valentina Chaplinskaya, EU Delegation, St. Petersburg Liaison Office, Project Officer, and Vladimir Skorokhodov, St. Petersburg Local Support Office, Head

The news publication date  13.04.2005

April 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: European Sustainability Survey Starts

A major survey on people’s level of understanding and opinions about sustainability is now underway. Run by the European Reference Point for Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development (ERP-TTSD) at TuTech Innovation in Hamburg, the study will throw some light into the different views, opinions and perspectives of Europeans towards sustainable development. Due to the role played by education for sustainable development, the survey also tries to gather inputs and views on this important issue at the same time ascertaining the extent to which respondents are prepared to pay for making sustainability a reality. The survey is designed to be cross-sectoral, i.e. it involves professionals from different fields and may also be completed by schoolchildren.

The European Sustainability Survey is coordinated by Professor Walter Leal Filho, Head of Life Sciences at TuTech innovation and a leading authority in the field. It runs from 20th April 2005 to 20th June 2005. The on-line form, from which data will be gathered, is available at http://www.tutech.de/se. The results will be available in early September, after which the "World Sustainability Survey" will be undertaken. Further details are available from the sustainable development team at TuTech: sd@tutech.de.

The news publication date  21.04.2005

April 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.4 (April 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005), ¹3 (March 2005) and ¹4 (April 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  18.04.2005

April 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: EEA circulates "core set" of EU green indicators

The European Environment Agency has released a guide to the "core set" of 37 environmental indicators that will underpin other EU indicator-based assessments of green progress. The agency adopted the set last year; first measurements will be published for most of them in the final quarter of this year. The indicators will be used to compile other reports such as the headline EU sustainability indicators and specialized transport and environment indicators.
here you could find the core-set indicators guide

The news publication date  21.04.2005

April 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005. Hamburg Sustainable Construction Forum: Environmental Management and Sustainable Construction in Europe

One of the major obstacles to the implementation of sustainable development is the fact that it is often perceived as something vague and abstract. Yet, the implementation of a sustainability dimension in the construction sector is not only possible, but it also makes environmental and finance sense. This seminar, organized in the context of the Interreg IIIB SmartLIFE project, will explore the links between environmental management and sustainability in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region and showcase ways of putting sustainability in the construction field into practice.
The event will be held at TuTech in Hamburg on 26.05.2005 - 27.05.2005. Its primary aim is to clarify what the concept of sustainable development is and means to the construction business. In addition, the event aims at providing some information on the integration between environmental management methods and approaches to sustainable construction. Finally, it intends to provide a platform from which specialists from the North Sea region can interact with experts from other parts of Europe, especially from the Baltic Sea area.

Participation at the Hamburg Sustainable Construction Forum is free of charges but is by invitation only. Interested persons should register online at http://tutech.de/22323463 and - subject to acceptance - will receive further information.

The news publication date  – 05.04.2005

April 2005

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 20, April 2005

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 20/ April 2005:

  • 46 applications received in the seventh call

  • 58 seed money applications submitted

  • funds for Belarus were made available

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 20, April 2005, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section.

The news publication date  – 04.04.2005

31.03.-01.04.2005

The Lead Applicant Seminar INTERREG IIIA Estonia – Latvia – Russia, will take place on 31 March- 1 April in Diki, Latvia.

BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat Riga organizes the seminar for Lead Applicants to the INTERREG IIIA Priority North supporting the cross-border cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Russia. The Lead Applicant Seminar will take place on 31 March- 1 April in Diki, Latvia.

This event is specifically aimed at Lead Applicants - the organizations intending to submit the project application as a lead partner.

The objectives of the seminar are:

  • to provide Lead Applicants with detailed information on how to fill in the application form;

  • to explain the most important project implementation procedures;

  • to provide opportunity for individual consultations.

The language of seminar will be English.

In order to register for the Seminar, the interested Lead Applicants are asked to submit a Registration Form and the Project Information Form, which can be downloaded here.

The deadline for registration is 24th March, 2005. The Registration Form and the Project Idea Form must be sent to Signe Raikstiña, eMail: info@bsrinterreg3a.net, fax: +371 7357372.

For further information please contact Signe Raikstiña, Programme Assistant, BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat Riga:

Address: State Regional Development Agency, Elizabetes Street 19, Riga, LV-1010, phone: +371 735 7368, fax: +371 735 73 72, eMail: info@bsrinterreg3a.net

The news publication date  20.03.2005

31.03.-01.04.2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: Conference EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT IN THE BALTIC

The Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania and the Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System (BEIDS) as well as other institutions have the pleasure to announce the First Meeting on Education for Sustainable Development in Baltics, to be held on March 31 – April 1, 2005, Vilnius. The Meeting is organized in a framework of implementation of Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Here you can find detailed information concerning conference programme, topics for discussion, and exact place of carrying.

The news publication date  17.02.2005

March 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.3 (March 2005)

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005) and ¹3 (March 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  15.03.2005

14.03.2005

The Seventh Call for Seed Money Applications

The seventh seed money application round was closed on Monday, 14 March 2005. The call was open to all measures, including measure 3.2. 58 projects applied for funds. 12 projects were approved, 4 projects indicating Russian partners

The news publication date  22.03.2005

07.03.2005

The Seventh Call for Project Applications of BSR INTERREG III B Programme

The seventh call for project proposals was launched on 1 February 2005 and was closed on 7 March 2005. Joint Secretariat has received 46 projects applications. The approval decision was taken by the Steering Committee on 2-3 June 2005 in Oslo. 17 projects were approved, 10 projects indicating Russian partners

The news publication date  23.03.2005

March 2005

The ESPON Programme Reports

The ESPON Programme was launched in 2002 as a follow up of the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP). The programme is implemented by EU member states in the framework of the Community Initiative INTERREG III.  The main objective of ESPON is to prepare:

  • a diagnosis of the principal territorial trends at EU scale as well as the difficulties and potentialities within the European territory as a whole;

  • a cartographic picture of the major territorial disparities and of their respective intensity;

  • a number of territorial indicators and typologies assisting a setting of European priorities for a balanced and polycentric enlarged European territory;

  • some integrated tools and appropriate instruments (databases, indicators, methodologies for territorial impact analysis and systematic spatial analyses) to improve the spatial co-ordination

The ESPON Project 1.1.1 deals with the role, specific situation and potentials of urban areas as nodes in a polycentric development. It was started in  2002 and completed in autumn 2004.

Here you could find reports of ESPON projects.

The news publication date  28.03.2005

March 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005-12- European Commission sets a positive agenda for the 2005 review of the Sustainable Development Strategy
Here you could find detailed information

The news publication date  17.03.2005

March 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: New anti-pollution measures for the Baltic agreed
Russia and the eight EU countries bordering the Baltic Sea agreed three new anti-pollution resolutions at the annual meeting of the Helsinki commission (Helcom) last week. The resolutions deal with radioactivity, waterborne pollution, and measures to discourage dumping ship-source garbage and sewage at sea.
Helcom also announced that it would lead efforts to draw up a regional action plan for Baltic waters, as part of the EU's forthcoming marine environment strategy.

Meanwhile, Germany, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic agreed to draw up a common strategy for the management of areas along the Elbe River by 2009 so as to ensure compliance with the EU water framework directive. The four countries will, by 2006, establish monitoring programmes for pollutants entering the Elbe. "The overall goal of the strategy is to restore and guarantee the river as a natural resource", the German ministry said in a statement.
Further details are available from Helcom and from the German Environment Ministry.

The news publication date  10.03.2005

March 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005: Norwegian Sustainability Indicators Proposed
A Norwegian government committee has proposed 16 national sustainability indicators to provide follow-up to the Government’s action plan for sustainable development. In contrast to an EU list of 14 sustainability indicators published in 2003, more than half of the indicators on Norwegians’ list are directly environment related.
The indicators include greenhouse gas emissions, the percentage of land area where the critical load for acidification has been exceeded, ecosystems (separately: terrestrial, freshwater and coastal), energy efficiency (use per unit of GDP), fisheries management, and household consumption of hazardous substances.
Here you could find detailed information

The news publication date  09.03.2005

March 2005

1st call for projects: Slovenia/Hungary/Croatia

The 1st ever Neighborhood call for projects was launched by the Slovenia/Hungary/ Croatia programme on 17 December 2004.  The overall objective of the programme is to promote the development of the trilateral border region.  This objective is to be achieved through the improvement of the competitiveness of the region within the European context, sustainable enhancement of the residents’ living conditions and assistance in overcoming regional development disadvantages caused by separation through national borders.

The deadline for submitting project proposals is 1 March 2005. During the application period, workshops are organized where application conditions are being explained in detail and assistance with partner search and project development is being provided. Workshop schedules are available on the following web sites:
http://www.gov.si/arr/4eu-p/1p-8-interreg-c-new.html (SI),
http://www.vati.hu/owa/vati/tfi.tfimenu?kod=34.1.3 (HU),
http://www.delhrv.cec.eu.int/en/item2/topic_5.htm
(HR).

The Steering Committee will take decisions on the projects to be funded in May.

The news publication date  28.02.2005

28.02.2005

The 2nd Call for Project Applications in INTERREG III A Priority North

The 2nd Call for Project Applications in INTERREG III A Priority North will be open on the 28th of February 2005 and close on the 18th of April 2005.

The news publication date  – 16.02.2004

22-23.02.2005

XXXVI CSD/BSR meeting

The XXXVI meeting of Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region - VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) was held on the 22nd - 23rd of February 2005 in Copenhagen (Denmark). During the meeting questions concerning preparation of the Sixth Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Countries of the Baltic Sea Region were discussed and the final date of carrying was determined – October 14, 2005 in Gdansk (Poland). Also the project of Declaration on Strategy of Baltic Sea Region Development was considered. In the frame of the meeting the Policy Document was discussed as main document of the conference.

M.V. Perov, Representative of the Russian Ministry on Regional Development, participated in the meeting for the first time.

The news publication date  20.01.2005

February 2005

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 19, February 2005

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 19/ February 2005:

  • Norway takes over chairmanship in the Steering Committee

  • seventh call for project applications was opened on 1 February 2005

  • seventh call for seed money applications was opened on 14 February 2005

  • meeting with the new commissioner for regional policy, Ms Danuta Hübner

  • article about spatial planning for sustainable development

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 19, February 2005, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section.

The news publication date  – 17.02.2005

February 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.2 (February 2005).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), ¹2 (February 2005) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  17.02.2005

January 2005

Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation

Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation was established in 2004. According to the Statement about the Ministry approved by Resolution ¹40 of the RF Government (from 26th of January 2005):

Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation is federal executive body implementing functions on development of state policy and normative and legal control in the sphere of social and economic development of the RF subjects and municipalities including Northern districts and Arctic; administrative-territorial system of the Russian Federation; delegation of authorities concerning objects of co-ownership between federal executive bodies, executive bodies of the RF subjects and bodies of local government; construction, architecture, urban planning (except state technical registration and  technical inventory of objects of urban planning activities) and housing and communal services; state national policy and international relations in the Russian Federation as well as protection of minorities and  the indigenous population of the Russian Federation.

Yakovlev Vladimir Anatolievich is the Head of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation.

Here you could find detailed information

Address: 127051, Russia, Moscow, Sadovaya-Samotechnaya st., 10/23, building1

The news publication date  – 03.03.2005

January 2005

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2005).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2005: No. 1 (January 2005), where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

The news publication date  20.01.2005

January 2005

BEIDS Briefing 2005 – Sustainable Regional Development: 2nd Nordic Conference

The Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System (BEIDS) is pleased to announce the "2nd Nordic Conference on Decision support: Sustainable Regional Development - Concepts, Systems and Methods". The meeting will be held in Lund, Sweden, on 18-19 April 2005.

The venue is Lund University, one of Sweden´s most traditional universities. The event will discuss regional approaches to sustainable development in the Baltic and beyond, as well as consider the links between sustainability and concepts, systems and methodological approaches.
Here you can find the details. 

The news publication date  20.01.2005

January 2005

BSR INTERREG IIIB Neighborhood Programme

Russian partners participation in the 7th call for project applications of the BSR INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme:

Also please find a presentation on NP preparations.

The news publication date  20.01.2005

January 2005

Norway and Russia – new  co-chairmen of BSR IR IIIB Steering Committee in 2005

Norway and Russia have been appointed as new –co-chairmen of BSR Interreg IIIB Steering Committee in 2005.

The news publication date  – 10.06.2004

2004

October 2004

BEIDS Briefing 2004 - Nominations open for the Baltic Sea Prize
The “Aland Foundation for the Future of the Baltic Sea”, usually called the Baltic Sea Fund, has since 1990 annually been presenting awards to recognize significant and prominent contributions for the benefit of the environment of the Baltic Sea. Up till now nearly 50 prize winners, representing all of the Baltic Sea countries, have been awarded for their achievements. And the total sum of awards adds up to about 445 000 ˆ.
The Baltic Sea Fund invites companies, organizations as well as private individuals from the Baltic Sea region to submit nominations for the 2005 Baltic Sea Prize. They are looking for candidates engaged in finding practical and technical solutions to the environmental problems of our common inland sea, dedicated people to be found not only among scientists, environmental activists and artists but also administrators and decision-makers, not least in the business world.
The candidates must represent one of the Baltic Sea countries. To nominate a candidate for the award, write a letter, send e-mail or send a fax. Additional details (no more than 10 pages) that will illustrate the achievement and assist the jury’s decision-making process can be submitted but are not obligatory. In a similar way references may be mentioned. Information about nominations is kept confidential.
All nomination documents must be submitted/postmarked at the latest by October 31, 2004. For more information, please contact: Edgar Öhberg, manager, Baltic Sea Fund, tel. +358 18 15 270, mob +358 457 31 35 894, e-mail:
edgar.ohberg@ostersjofonden.org

October 2004

Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Programme includes two new Priorities

Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Programme includes two new Priorities aimed at cross-border cooperation: 

  • Priority North: Estonia-Latvia-Russia shall support cross-border cooperation on the immediate borders between Estonia, Latvia and Russia

  • Priority South: Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus will support cross-border cooperation between Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus

Here you could look at information about the first call for proposals for the INTERREG IIIA Programme that is launched on October 1, 2004 with the deadline for project submission on November 15, 2004

Please visit BSR INTERREG Programme web site for relevant programme documents and other information needed

September 2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004),¹6 (June 2004), ¹7 (July 2004), ¹8 (August 2004) and ¹9 (September 2004).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004), ¹6 (June 2004), ¹7 (July 2004), ¹8 (August 2004) and ¹ 9 (September, 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

August 2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004),¹6 (June 2004), ¹7 (July 2004) and ¹8 (August 2004).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004), ¹6 (June 2004), ¹7 (July 2004) and ¹8 (August 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

July 2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004),¹6 (June 2004)  and ¹7 (July 2004).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004), ¹6 (June 2004) and ¹7 (July 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

01.07.2004

NEW EUROPE 2020: STRATEGIES AND VISIONS FOR WIDER EUROPE

27-28 August 2004 Turku, Finland

The Pan-European Institute at the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration organises a high-level international conference on the future economic and business development in Wider Europe.

The first conference day consists of plenary sessions with presentations by representatives from various European countries, top managers of large European corporations and leading academics. The main topics of the conference are divided in five conference tracks:

  • Business Development in Wider Europe,

  • Trade and Investments in Wider Europe,

  • Policies in Wider Europe,

  • Environmental Challenges in Wider Europe

  • Social Changes in Wider Europe

Please visit the conference website for additional information

26.06.2004

News release from Baltic 21 – An Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region

Baltic 21 submitted to the Prime Ministers of the Baltic Sea States a report "Five Years of Regional Progress Towards Sustainable Development". The report can be downloaded here. The report delivers a concise assessment of sustainable development trends in the Baltic Sea Region and a review of the progress in the implementation of the Baltic 21 Action Programme. 

5th Baltic Sea States Summit, which was carried out on the 21st of June 2004 in Laulasmaa, Estonia, took note of the Baltic 21 Report and expressed their “interest in the concept of making the Baltic Sea region an Eco-Region for Sustainable Development covering the economic, ecological and social spheres”. You can find the outcome of the Summit at the Council of Baltic Sea States website

For further information please visit our website www.baltic21.org.

03-04.06.2004

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee
The BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee meeting will take place on 3-4 June 2004 in Latvia.

June 2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004)  and ¹6 (June 2004).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (March 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004), ¹5 (May 2004) and ¹6 (June 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

24.05.2004

Fifth call for project application of BSR IR IIIB Programme – 12 projects being preliminary approved

The fifth call for project application was closed on February 2004. Out 36 project applications submitted to quality assessment, 12 projects have been preliminary approved. 14 projects of the 5th Call of BSR IR IIIB indicated Russian partnership, 6 projects approved.

The final decision on approvals will be made during the SC meeting that is scheduled for 3-4 June 2004 in Riga (Latvia).

09-12.05.2004

Conference on Environment, Security and Sustainability, The Hague, Netherlands
The Institute for Environmental Security with support of the Ministry of Housing, Strategic Planning and Environment of the Netherlands will hold an international conference on Environment, Security and Sustainability on May 9-12, 2004 in The Hague, Netherlands. It will bring together around 200 of the leading scholars and thinkers (senior decision makers and representatives from governments, non governmental organisations, development institutions, the private sector, and academia) and aims to derive comprehensive approaches to address the challenges posed by environmental change for human security. Registration Form, available on the conference website: www.envirosecurity.org should be completed by 20 April 2004. Registration Fee paid before 30 April is ˆ 300 and covers the costs of receptions, dinners, lunches, coffee/tea during the sessions and the conference documents.

For more information on the conference, see the conference website.

May of 2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (Marth 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004) and ¹5 (May 2004) .

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (Marth 2004),  ¹4 (April 2004)  and ¹5 (May 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

May of 2004

Third meeting of BSR Interreg IIIB Russian National Sub-Committee

The third meeting of BSR Interreg IIIB Russian National Sub-Committee is sheduled for May of 2004. At present the location and date of the meeting are under agreement.

20.04.2004

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee
The BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee meeting will be held on 20 April 2004 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

15.04.2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (Marth 2004) and ¹4 (April 2004).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004), ¹3 (Marth 2004) and ¹4 (April 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

14.04.2004

Fifth call for project application of BSR IR IIIB Programme – 36 projects being assessed

The fifth call for project application was closed on February 2004. Altogether 39 projects sent their application to the Joint Secretariat. One project withdrew its proposal and two projects didn’t pass the technical eligibility check. 36 project applications are now undergoing the quality assessment. The decision on approvals will be made during the SC meeting that is scheduled for June 2004.

02.04.2004

The last call of Tacis Cross-Border Co-operation small project facility programme will be closed on 2 April 2004.

In December 2003 Tacis Local Support Office in St. Petersburg has announced the opening of the Tacis cross-border co-operation small project facility programme.

The Leontief Center experts took part in Tacis informational seminar, held in St. Petersburg on 30 January 2004. Among the programme requirements it was mentioned that projects should present a strong aspect of cross-border cooperation and innovative approach, be ready for realization. It should aim the rise of life standard in the region of new independent states and promote a bridging interaction. Projects should co-finance 20% of project costs.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 02/04/2004.

Click here for relevant documents.

April of 2004

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 13, January 2004

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 14/ April 2004:

  • Programme name will change

  • Fifth Call for Project Applications

  • Fifth Call for Seed Money projects  

  • Amending the Program

  • Neighborhood Programme

  • Norwegian national co-financing decreased to 30%

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 14, April 2004, please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/news.html at Newsletter section.

April of 2004

Seed Money – 5th project applications round closed

The fifth call for seed money projects was closed on March 2004. The Joint Secretariat received 42 seed money project applications. Especially measures 2.3 and 1.2 were popular. Majority of the Lead Partners in the applying projects is from Sweden, Finland and Latvia; many second obligatory partners come from Lithuania. 42 projects are now undergoing the eligibility and quality assessment. The decision on approvals will be made in the end of April 2004.

April of 2004

"Encos 2004", 1st European Networks Conference on Sustainability in Practice

"Encos 2004", the 1st European Networks Conference on Sustainability in
Practice that addresses the sustainability experts from across the Baltic Sea region will be held in Berlin, Germany on 1-4 April 2004. The organizers of the conference are the Collegium of Management and Design of Sustainable Development (KMGNE) and the project BEIDS. The deadline for submission of papers is December 1st 2003.

Further information is available at: http://www.encos2004.net.

04-05.03.2004

XXXII CSD/BSR meeting

The XXXII meeting of Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region - VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) will be held on 4-5 March of 2004 in Riga (Latvia).

01.03.2004

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2004), No.2 (February, 2004) and ¹3 (Marth 2004).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review in 2004: No. 1 (January 2004), No. 2 (February, 2004) and ¹3 (Marth 2004) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

01.03.2004

The 5th call for project applications is closed

The 5th call for project applications was closed on 27 February 2004.

So far 39 project proposals were submitted to the secretariat. Additional applications may arrive by post this week (date of stamp /not later than 27.02.2004/ is the deciding factor). The approvals will be made during the Steering Committee meeting in June 2004.

March of 2004

BSR IR IIIB/Neighborhood Programme:

Monitoring Committee Task Force for amending the Community Initiative Programme) and Steering Committee Task Force for Programme Strategy

The Task Force for amending the main programme reference document Community Initiative Programme (CIP) meets in Rostock on 9-10 March to discuss the position paper of the Commission and necessary changes in the BSR INTERREG III B Neighborhood Programme.

On 11-12-March the BSR IR IIIB Steering Committee Task Force for Programme Strategy will meet in Berlin to discuss changes in the strategic focus of the Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme.

24.02.2004

The meetings of BSR Interreg Steering (meeting report of Russian representative V.Skorohodov) and Monitoring Committees took place in January-February of 2004. Within the meetings the Russian side has raised a question about creating a Task Force for preparing proposals for submitting changes to the Interreg III B program document  under conditions of transition to the Neighborhood Programmes.

The RNSC committee, as the main labour body of Russian regions in the framework of Interreg III B Programme under coordinating role of Committee for Economic Development has on the fly created "micro" Task Force for preparation of proposals for submitting to the Interreg III B program document.

Micro Task Force members :

  • I.À. Medvedeva - Head of International Technical Assistance Section, Department of Economic Development programmes and Co-operation with International Financial Institutions, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation,

  • G.Ì.Psarev – Head of Department of Cooperation with European Union and International Business Associations, Committee for External Contacts? Government of Saint-Petersburg,

  • Zh.V.AlexandrovaDeputy Head of Committee for Committee for External Economic Activity and International Contacts, Government of Leningrad oblast,

  • L.S.Gorelikova – Committee for External Economic Activity and International Contacts, Government of Leningrad oblast,

  • V.À.Skorohodov – Head of Tacis Local Office in St.Petersburg,

  • I.À.Karelina – RNSC Responsible Secretary,

  • Å.G.Belova- Academic Secretary of ICSER «Leontief Centre»

05.02.2004

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee
The BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee meeting will be held on 5 February 2004 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

February 2004

Seed Money – 5th application round

Call for seed money was open for projects applications on 9 February 2004. The deadline is set to 8 March 2004.  The call is open for all measures and could provide funds up to 10,000 ˆ per project. Projects have to provide 50% co-financing.

Application pack is available for download from the BSR INTERREG III B Programme homepage’s seed money section: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/.

22-23.01.2004

The Baltic Strategy 21 Workshop will take place in Riga, Latvia.

Baltic 21 - an Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region launched five years ago, approaching the renewal of its mandate in June 2004. While the initiative has been successful at the level of dialog and research, there is broad consensus that the next mandate period should produce more tangible, measurable results. For this purpose the Baltic Strategy 21 Workshop will take place on 22-23 January 2004 in Riga, Latvia. It aims to review current regional needs and challenges, to generate innovative new ideas for addressing those challenges through the unique, cross-sectoral platform that is Baltic 21 and to create initiative proposals for Baltic 21 that can serve as "Lighthouse Projects" in the next mandate period (2004-2008).

Preliminary Workshop Agenda

For more information please visit:

http://www.ee/baltic21/document/adhoc/index.htm.

January of 2004

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 13, January 2004

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 13/ January 2004:

·        Fifth Call for Project Applications is open

·        Amending the Program

·        Committed and Remaining Funds

·        Tacis

·        PHARE CBC

·        BSR Interreg IIIB NP Events

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 13, January 2004, please go here.

January of 2004

BSR Interreg IIIB project consultation meetings
BSR Interreg IIIB project consultation meetings was held on 14-16 January 2004 in Karlskrona (Sweden) and in Rostock (Germany) on 21-23 January 2004. Both meetings, aimed for partners working on large project elaboration for the 5th Call of BSR Interreg IIIB, covered issues related to the development of the project rationale and the various work-packages as well as budgetary and financial matters.

January of 2004

"BEIDS Five Years"

The Baltic Environmental Information Dissemination System (BEIDS) has now entered its fifth year. Since its origin as an Interreg-Project IIC back to 1999, BEIDS has evolved to become an important regional tool for environmental information in the Baltic region and its extensive network includes over 8.000 people and institutions across the region. As part of the "BEIDS Five Years" celebrations, a set of activities will be directly organised or supported by BEIDS in the region over the course of the year 2004. Some of them are:

  • a workshop on transborder cooperation in Tallinn, Estonia in February

  • a sustainability workshop in Berlin in April

  • a workshop on sustainable urban planning in St. Petersburg (Russia) in May

  • a workshop on Brownfields in Hamburg in June as part of the Baltic Urban Forum project

  • a conference on sustainable energy in Falkenberg (Sweden) in June

  • a sustainable development seminar in Cracow (Poland) in September

  • a conference on sustainability indicators in Kaunas (Lithuania) in October

  • the Euro Environment 2004 conference in Aalborg (Denmark) in November

Details on the above and other important events to be held in 2004 will also be featured in "Baltic Environment Agenda" at the following page: http://www.beids.de.

January of 2004

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee
The BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee meeting will take place on January 26-27 2004 in Lubeck, Germany.

January of 2004

The 5th call for project applications was launched on 12 January 2004

The 5th call for project applications was launched on 12 January 2004 and will be closed on 27 February 2004.

From the fifth call on, the four BSR Accession Countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Poland) will be eligible for full participation in ERDF funded projects, both as Lead Partners and project partners. The decision on fifth round project approvals will be made during the SC meeting that is scheduled for June 2004.

To download the Applicant's Pack please go to http://www.bsrinterreg.net/toapply.html.

2003

December 2003

The Tacis cross-border co-operation small project facility programme call has been open.

Tacis Local Support Office in St. Petersburg has announced the opening of the Tacis cross-border co-operation small project facility programme. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 02/04/2004.

Click here for relevant documents.

December 2003

Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.9 (September 2003), No.10 (October, 2003),  No.11 (November, 2003) and No.12 (December, 2003).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the new issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No. 9 (September 2003), No.10 (October, 2003), No.11 (November, 2003) and No.12 (December, 2003) in Russian where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These and previous issues, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

October 2003

Approved projects - BSR Interreg IIIB Programme Seed Money 4th Round 

The 4th Round Seed Money BSR INterreg IIIB Programme was closed in September 2003. The final decisions on seed money projects have been made. Out of the 21 applications received, 20 went through the eligibility check and 10 passed the quality assessment and were approved.

The Russian project partners participated in 13 projects, 6 of them received an approval.

For more information please go here

October 2003

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 12, October 2003

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 12/ October 2003:

  • Amending the Programme

  • Upgrading of the Partners from the new Member States

  • Fifth Call for Project Applications

  • Committed and Remaining Funds

  • Info-Activities in new Member States

  • Upcoming BSR Interreg IIIB Events

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 12, October 2003, please go here.

October 2003

New Flyer for the BSR INTERREG III B programme has been prepared

The new flyer for the BSR INTERREG III B programme has been prepared, which gives general overview of the programme. According to the Programme Complement was amended on June 2003, only project partners from EU Members States can apply for funding from the BSR Interreg IIIB Programme. A potential funding source for Russian partners as well as partners from Belarus is the EU Tacis Programme.

The flyer will be mainly distributed at events organised by the JS.  Please have a look at the electronic version here.

October 2003

Planum Newsletter, October 2003

 Planum is the European journal of planning online http://www.planum.net, funded project in the year 2000 by Ten Telecom. The current issue of Planum Newsletter presents a large number of updates. The relaunched section "city and immigration" focuses on how new populations can contribute to the re-configurations of urban and domestic spaces.
 Out of the topics presented online in the current issue:

  • Effect of Intelligent Transport Systems on spatial development "ICT-based innovation of transport: the links with spatial development".

  • Urban quality and town planning.

For detailed information on Planum Newsletter please visit: http://www.planum.net.

October 2003

BSSSC XI Annual Conference "Bridging the Future"

The 11th Annual Conference of the Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation  "Bridging the Future", EU Northern Dimension - a challenge for regions of the Baltic Sea took place in St. Petersburg on 23 - 25 October, 2003. The BSR Interreg IIIB RNSC Responsible, Mrs. Irina Karelina was a moderator of the BSSSC conference Workshop “Spatial development as a basis for future work within the Baltic Sea Region”. The workshops' summaries and conclusions will be published on the BSSSC web-page: http://www.bsssc.com/.

16-17.10.2003

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee
The BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee meeting was held on 16-17 October 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden.

06-07.10.2003

XXXI CSD/BSR Meeting

The XXXI CSD/BSR meeting (Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region) VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) was held on October 6-7 2003 in Minsk (Belarus).

September 2003

Meeting of the Joint Programming for elaboration of the cross border priorities (WS BSR IIIA Estonia – Latvia - Russia). The Good-Neighborliness Program for the years of 2004-2006.

The meeting of the Joint Programming for elaboration of the cross border priorities (WS BSR IIIA Estonia – Latvia - Russia) took place on September 4-5, 2003 in Riga (Latvia). The members of BSR Interreg IIIB Russian National Sub-committee, Pskov region representatives: Mr. V.V.Petruhin, Chairman of State-legal Committee, Deputy Head of Board of Administration of Pskov oblast and Mr. A.A.Balandin, Consultant of Committee for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Administration of Pskov oblast participated in the meeting. As a result the Joint Programming document had been amended.

September 2003

New Neighborhood Programmes

On July 1 2003 the European Commission proposed significant steps to boost cooperation with new neighbours of the enlarged EU. The plan for 2004 – 2006 would improve partnerships at the external borders with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, as well as with Balkan countries and in the Mediterranean after enlargement. Here please find the European Commission press-release for the New Neighborhood Programmes.

The document "Paving the way for a New Neighbourhood Instrument" prepared by the EC and distributed to RNSC members in early August of 2003.

It has four key objectives:

  • promoting economic and social development in the border areas;

  • working together to address common challenges, in fields such as environment, public health and fight against organized crime;

  • ensure efficient and secure borders;

  • promoting local, people-to-people partnerships.

On 25-26 September of 2003 the New Neighborhood Programmes presentation was made in Moscow. This meeting was organized for the Russian national and regional authorities - partners for cross-border cooperation, INTERREG Secretariat and Tacis representatives and gathered 53 participants including 7 RNSC members and observes.

September 2003

BIFROST, NORDREGIO'S ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER No. 6/2003 September
SIRIUS WINTER SCHOOL 2004. Trans-national co-operation and managing successful development projects, and the Interreg programme
 Nordregio Stockholm, Sweden 17-23 January 2004.  Registration by 15 December Cost EUR1500
The impending changes in the political scene throughout Europe are the backdrop for our SIRIUS Winter School 2004.  Nations that so recently found themselves on either side of an iron curtain, now prepare to be members of the same European Union.  New relationships across boundaries are now possible and in fact, inevitable.  The dynamics of development and the questions of sustainability and cohesion make functional regions important units for initiation and implementation of programmes and projects.

More information and registration forms can be found at  http://www.nordregio.se/siriusaut03.htm
ECPR - 2004 joint session of workshops 13-18 April 2004 in Uppsala, Sweden. Call for Papers -Workshop 14 " European Spatial Politics or Spatial Policy for Europe? "
The workshop seeks to re-politicise spatial politics, a field largely dominated by geographers and spatial planners, by taking a closer look at meeting pints and
contingencies between spatial, territorial and regional policies in their different guises. Are policies with a spatial effect (within an EU perspective) only bureaucratic exercises in the field of planning, to be understood in purely geographical terms or are we in fact faced with a deeply politicised process requiring an integration of political and policy perspectives based on a multi-disciplinary understanding of spatiality?

More info: www.nordregio.se/ecpr2004.htm

The news publication date  – 14.10.2003

June 2003

BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 11, June 2003

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 11/ June 2003:     

  • FOURTH CALL FOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS – 6 PROJECTS APPROVED

  • PARTNER SEARCH FORUM 3 IN GDAŃSK

  • FOURTH LEAD PARTNER SEMINAR IN ROSTOCK

  • FIFTH CALL FOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS

  • SEED MONEY NEWS

  • PROJECT IDEAS DATABASE

  • PREPARATIONS FOR EU ENLARGEMENT UNDER WAY

  • CEEC/NIS

  • NEWS FROM THE JOINT SECRETARIAT

  • COMING EVENTS

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 11, June 2003, please go here.

The news publication date  – 08.07.2003

 1517.06.2003

The 3rd Partner Search Forum

Partner Search Forum (3) focused on polycentric settlement structures (measure 2.1), transport and communication (ICT) (measure 2.2) and institution and capacity building (priority 3) was held on June 15-17, 2003  in Gdansk (Poland).

Interested project owners were invited to present their project ideas related to the thematic fields mentioned above. Out of 45 Project Ideas interactively submitted to the Joint Secretariat, a Project Idea Catalogue was produced for dissemination among participants.

Some of the presentations and speeches presented at the Partner Search Forum 3 in Gdansk:

For more information on the Third Partner Search Forum please go: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/projects.html  at Partner Search Forums section.

The news publication date  – 30.06.2003

24.06.2003

Seed Money - fourth call for applications is open!

Thematic fourth call for seed money applications was open on 24 June 2003 and will be closed on 8 September 2003.

The call will be open for applications focusing on:

Measure 2.1: Promoting balanced polycentric settlement structures (settlement structures covers urban regions, rural areas and urban-rural partnerships),
Measure 2.2: Creating sustainable communication links for improved spatial integration (transport and ICT),
Priority 3: Transnational promotion of institution building, strengthening the capacity for spatial development activities (institution building in regional and local authorities and other bodies of importance to spatial development).

Please go here for Seed Money Applicant's Pack.

 1517.06.2003

The 3rd Partner Search Forum

Partner Search Forum (3) will be held on June 15-17, 2003  in Gdansk (Poland).

The focus of the Partner Search Forum will be on polycentric settlement structures (measure 2.1), transport and communication (ICT) (measure 2.2) and institution and capacity building (priority 3). Interested project owners are invited to present their project ideas related to the thematic fields mentioned above.Deadline for the registration is 16 May.

Out of all Project Ideas interactively submitted to the Joint Secretariat till 16 May, a Project Idea Catalogue will be produced for dissemination among participants.

To add your project idea please go to the interactive  "Project Idea" database at www.bsrinterreg.net/projects.html in “Project Ideas” section and follow the ”Add idea” in the left navigation bar.

 12 –13.06.2003

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee
BSR INTERREG III B Monitoring Committee meeting was held on 12-13  June 2003 in Uppsala, Sweden.

 06–07.06.2003

XXX CSD/BSR Meeting

The XXX CSD/BSR meeting (Committee for Spatial Development of the Baltic Sea Region) VASAB 2010 (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic 2010) was held on June 6-7 2003 in Helsinki (Finland).

 02–03.06.2003
Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee 
BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee meeting was held on 2-3 June 2003 in Marienhamn, Åland (Finland). At its meeting the following
Fourth Call projects were approved (under various conditions) by the Steering Committee:

INTRASEA - INland TRAnsports on SEA routes, Swedish Maritime Administration, SE
Barents 2010, The County Administration of Vasterbotten, SE
South Baltic Four Corners, Southeast Skåne Com. of Coop., Carrefour South Sweden, SE
Baltic Balance - Integrated settlement structures, Kalmar County administrative Board, SE
NECL - North East Cargo Link, County Administrative Board of Vasternorrland, SE
New Hansa of sustainable ports and cities, Stadtwerke Lübeck, DE

Out of 9 submitted projects, with the Russian project partners - 3 approved projects.

Spring of 2003

Joint Task Forces meetings 

Due to the EU enlargement and according to the European Commission proposal, amendments need to be done for the existing INTERREG programmes. In the Baltic Sea region, two new cross-border priorities (IIIA priorities) will be created within the existing IIIB BSR programme - EST-LV-RUS and LV-LT-BY.

To prepare these two priorities, the joint Task Forces unit was organized. Its members have identified partners on Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian side and found relevant counterparts in Russia and Belarus to involve relevant partners from these countries in the preparatory process for the new priorities.

The first joint Task Force meeting was held on April 25, 2003 in Riga (Latvia).

The second joint Task Force meeting was held on May 26, 2003 in Tallinn (Estonia).

The next joint Task Force meeting will be held on June 30, 2003 in Vilnius (Lithuania).

April 2003

Project ideas database of BSR INTERREG IIIB Programme has been launched

The new project ideas online database has been launched at www.bsrinterreg.net/projects.html. The aim of the database is to bring owners of project ideas and potential partners together, thus facilitating generation of projects.

To use the project ideas database please go to section "Project ideas and partner search" and choose the sub-section "Project Ideas". The menu on the left hand side will guide you to either add a new project idea, search for ideas or to change one of ideas that you submitted before. You can also subscribe to the “Project ideas mailing list” in order be informed about all new project ideas added to the database.

All previously submitted ideas (PIFs filled-in and sent to JS before the database was launched) have not been added to the database. Therefore owners of the project ideas are kindly asked to visit www.bsrinterreg.net/projects.html and submit their ideas once again (this time – on-line).

The news publication date  – 24.04.2003

April 2003

Informational electronic newsletter NORDREGIO No.3/April 2003

The current issue of informational electronic newsletter No.3/April 2003 was published by the Center of Spatial Planning Nordregio (Sweden) in April of 2003. The following seminars will take place in Europe in summer of 2003:

For further information on Nordic Centre for Spatial Development NORDREGIO (Sweden), please visit: www.nordregio.se.

April 2003
Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No.1 (January 2003), No.2 (February 2003), No.3 (March 2003), No.4 (April, 2003), ¹5 (May, 2003), ¹6 (June, 2003), ¹7 (July, 2003).

The Institute for Privatization and Management under support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (Germany) within the frames of the German Government Program TRANSFORM prepared the following issues of the Belarusian Monthly Economic Review: No. 1 (January 2003) , No. 2 (February 2003) & No. 3 (March 2003), No. 4 (April 2003), ¹5 (May, 2003), ¹6 (June, 2003), ¹7 (July, 2003) where both analysis of functioning of the Belarusian economy and analysis of the main political events are presented.

These publications, as well as other information on the Belarusian Economics, are available at the Institute web site: http://ipm.by.

April 2003
Decisions on seed money projects (3rd round)

The final decisions on seed money projects for the third call have been made.

Out of the 32 applications received, 31 went through the eligibility check and 16 passed the quality assessment and are approved. Out of the 16 approved projects 10 have lead partner from a non-EU country. From 11 submitted projects with the Russian project partners - 7 projects are approved.

For more information on approved projects please go to Seed Money section at BSR Interreg IIIB web-page: http://www.bsrinterreg.net/.

March 2003
BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 10, March 2003

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 10/ March 2003:     

  • FOURTH CALL FOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS CLOSED
  • POSTPONED FIFTH CALL FOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS 
  • SEED MONEY - THIRD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS CLOSED
  • PROGRAMME COMPLEMENT HAS BEEN UPDATED (13 February 2003)
  • PROJECT IDEAS DATABASE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED 
  •  PARTNER SEARCH FORUM 3 IN GDAŃSK
  •  PROJECT PROGRESS REPORTS
  •  PHARE CBC
  • TACIS CBC
  •  COMING EVENTS
  •  INTERREG PROGRAMMES ARE FACING ENLARGEMENT
  •  MID-TERM EVALUATION

To have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 10, March 2003, please go here.

February 2003
BSR Interreg IIIB Russian National Sub-Committee: Co-chairmen rotation

In 2001-2002 years the Russian National Sub-Committee was co-chaired by:

  • Representative of Leningrad oblast Mr. Sergei Naryshkin – Chairman of the Committee for External Economic Activity and International Contacts, Government of Leningrad oblast

  • Representative of St. Petersburg Mr. Kirill Avdeev - Head of External Economic Co-operation Department, Committee for External Affairs, Administration of Saint-Petersburg

In accord with rotation of co-chairmen, occurred in February of 2003, the Russian National Sub-Committee is co-chaired by:

  • Representative of Arkhangelsk oblast Mrs. Svetlana Gorlanova – Deputy Head of Administration of Arkhangelsk oblast in International Affairs and Tourism Development, Head of Committee for International Affairs 

  • Representative of Republic of Karelia, Mr. Eugene Ieshko- professor, Vice-Chairman of the Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences

The news publication date  – 11.03.2003

February 2003
EXTRA MEETING OF THE BSR INTERREG IIIB STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee will meet for an extra meeting to be held in Helsinki on 14 February 2003. The Steering Committee will review the project portfolio already approved and assess to which extent the objectives of the programme have been met so far. The Steering Committee will also discuss future directions, in particular with a view to the extended co-operation area during 2004 following EU enlargement. In 2003, the SC will be chaired by Ms Ulla Koski, Finnish Ministry of Environment.

February 2003
SEED MONEY – THIRD APPLICATION ROUND

The next call for seed money applications will be open on 3 February and closed on 3 March 2003.

The BSR EU Member States have decided to add an extra amount of EUR 80.000 to the seed money facility to be used for seed money projects with lead partners from the four accession countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) as well as from Russia and Belarus. Maximum grant size per project is EUR 8.000 (20% national co-financing required). The seed money eligibility and selection criteria will be applicable to these funds. More information on this new funding is published in Seed Money section at www.bsrinterreg.net/projects.html.

Due to the fact that most of the financial means allocated to measure 1.2. (promoting sustainable spatial development of specific sectors) of the BSR INTERREG III B programme are committed, seed money projects are no longer encouraged to apply for funds in this measure (1.2.).

For further information please go to www.bsrinterreg.net or feel free to contact the BSR INTERREG III B Joint Secretariat.

Rostock office:

E-mail: info@bsrinterreg.net

Karlskrona office:

E-mail: bsda@balticinstitute.se

14.02.2003

Meeting of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee 
The next meeting with the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee will be held in Helsinki, Finland 14 February 2003.

January of 2003
BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 9, January 2003

The following issues were presented in the BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 9/January 2003:

  • THIRD CALL FOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS – APPROVED PROJECTS

  • THIRD LEAD PARTNER SEMINAR IN ROSTOCK, 22 JANUARY 2003

  • ALREADY 27 PROJECTS ARE RUNNING IN BSR INTERREG IIIB PROGRAMME

  • FOURTH CALL FOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS

  • EXTRA MEETING OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE

  • TACIS

  • PHARE CBC

  • SEED MONEY – Third Application Round

  • Vacancy at Joint Secretariat

Have a look at BSR INTERREG III B NEWSLETTER No 9, January 2003, please go here.

January of 2003
New visual identity guidelines for the cooperation programme with Russia (former Tacis).

New visual identity guidelines for the programs under the European Union, including Cooperation programme with Russia (former Tacis) have been adopted.

"The new guidelines have been drawn up to ensure that projects that are wholly or partially funded by the Europen Union (EU) visibly acknowledge the support of the EU. They are to be used in briefings, press conferences, presentations, invitations, signs......and all other items used to highlight EU participation......Contractors and/or implementing partners are responsible for giving adequate publicity to the project or programme that they are implementing and to the support from the EU."

And new contractors are required to follow them (they can be found on the website www.eur.ru under Tacis - How to work with Tacis?) - to be adapted). Please find here  a template for the stationary to be used by contractors. You will see the only requirement is that the contractor should not use any longer the Tacis logo, and have at the bottom of the page the EU logo with the sentence "This project is funded by the European Union under its Tacis Programme".

As regards business cards, they should also feature the EU logo and the above sentence. Of course they should also contain the name of the project etc. so that the person can not be confused with somebody working/representing directly for the EU

January of 2003

Fourth call for project applications of the BSR Interreg IIIB Programme

The fourth call for project applications of the BSR Interreg IIIB Programme will be open on 17 February 2003 and closed on 14 March 2003. Applicant's Pack will be available for download at http://www.bsrinterreg.net/ before the call is open.

08.01.2003

Approved projects - 3rd Call for project applications of the BSR Interreg IIIB Programme -

Decisions on project applications of the BSR Interreg IIIB 3rd Call were made at the Fourth Steering Committee Meeting on 16-17 December 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. From 37 applications submitted - 36 applications passed the eligibility check and 16 projects went through the quality assessment  and were approved by the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee members. The Russian project partners are indicated in  9 approved projects.

For further information on the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee meeting, please go: http://www.leontief.ru/rnsc/rus/programs/vstrechiS.htm.

2002

05.11.02

New internet address for BSR INTERREG III B & JS    

BSR INTERREG III B programme has new internet domain name: bsrinterreg.net. Therefore new address of homepage is www.bsrinterreg.net. E-mail addresses for employees of Joint Secretariat are following: name.surname@bsrinterreg.net.
Attention! Old internet address
www.spatial.baltic.net and old e-mail addresses (name.surname@spatial.baltic.net) will still be working.
If you have any question concerning the change of addresses please do not hesitate to contact Mr Darijus Valiucko (+49 381 45484 5277),
darijus.valiucko@bsrinterreg.net.

The news publication date  – 25.11.2002

21.06.02

The Meeting of Russian National Sub-Committee.

On the 21st of June 2002 the Second Meeting of Russian National Sub-Committee of BSR Interreg III B Program was held in St. Petersburg (Pushkin) to discuss the issues of North-West Russia’ participation in the collaboration in the spatial planning field in the Baltic Sea Region. The following representatives took part in the meeting: the members of Russian National Sub-Committee, the specialists in the Spatial Planning field and in the field of collaboration with European countries, as well as the representatives of VASAB 2010 program.

For the further information, please go to our site’ section “About Committee»/ «Meetings RNSC»

03.06.02

The deadline on the Call for Proposal to Phare Cross Border Co-operation (CBC) Programme Small Projects Fund LE0004

Ministry of Finance, Republic of Latvia, has launched the Call for Proposal to Phare Cross Border Co-operation (CBC) Programme Small Projects Fund LE0004. The submission deadline for project applications to the Central Finance and Contracting Unit, Ministry of Finance, is June 3, 2002, at 17:00 (local time). Guidelines and Application Forms for the Phare CBC SPF LE0004 are available at the web-site: http://www.fm.gov.lv/information/cohesion2/fr.coh.htm

01.04.02

Opening an electronic magazine “Actual economic issues of Russia”

In April 2002 an e-magazine “Actual economic issues of Russia”, containing materials of 3rd annual conference “Leontief Readings” (St. Petersburg, February, 8th -9th 2002) was open by the Leontief Centre.

07.02.02
The meeting of the Deputy Head of VASAB Secretariat Mr. Jacek Zaucha and Leningrad oblast municipalities
The meeting of the Deputy Head of VASAB Secretariat Mr. Jacek Zaucha and Leningrad oblast municipalities aimed for spread of information about INTERREG and VASAB programmes was organized in the Leningrad oblast Government office on February, 7, 2002. Mr. Zaucha took part in discussion and made a presentation about using of spatial planning instruments in the Baltic Sea Region while municipal strategic plans elaborating.

11.12.2002
Mr. Vladimir Yakovlev, the Governor of St. Petersburg Meets Mr. Richard Wright, the Head of Delegation of the European Commission in Russia

On December 11th, 2002 Mr. Vladimir Yakovlev, the Governor of St. Petersburg met Mr. Richard Wright, the Head of Delegation of the European Commission in Russia in Smolny.

The following proposals of the European Commission on taking part in the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg Event were discussed in a course of the meeting:

«A Month of the European Culture 2003» in St. Petersburg (obtained by directive, adopted at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Culture of European Union on May 28, 1998) and «The European Route» – a project of placing at historical sites of St. Petersburg the informational guides with the names of Europeans, who made a significant contribution to the city history.

December of 2002
A new call for proposals for Tacis Small and Micro Project Facilities (SPF and MPF) was launched

The European Commission’s Tacis Cross Border Cooperation Programme launched a new call for proposals for its small and micro project facilities (SPF and MPF) with a deadline for submissions of 21st March 2003. The Call invites local and regional authorities in border regions in Belarus, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine to submit proposals for funding in partnership with neighbouring countries in central Europe and European Union member states.

The press release on the CBC Tacis Small Project Facility, please find  here .

December of 2002

Informational electronic newsletter NORDREGIO No.8/December 2002

The current issue of informational electronic newsletter No.8/December 2002 was published by the Center of spatial planning Nordregio (Sweden) in December of 2002. The following sectors were presented there:

CONFERENCE

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IN THE LIGHT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The 5th Nordic Conference on Environmental Assessment will be held in
Reykjavík, Iceland 25 - 26th August 2003. The Conference is organised by the Planning Agency, Iceland and Nordregio in cooperation with the Ministry for the Environment and the University of Iceland.
The theme of the conference will be "Planning for sustainable development -
the practice and potential of Environmental Assessment". The overall aims of the
conference are to describe, analyse and discuss the role of Environmental Assessment with respect to planning and the political goal of sustainable development. The focus will be both on experiences so far, and on emerging issues with regard to the assessment of policies, plans and programmes through Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and the assessments of projects in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Furthermore, the theoretical basis for environmental assessment will be explored, in particular with regard to the existing theories of planning and policy analysis and recent developments in the field of planning theories with relevance to the impact assessment field will be highlighted. For more information:
www.nordregio.se/confaug03.htm

PUBLICATION

Restructuring the State - Regional Impacts: A Comparative Nordic
Perspective.
Edited by Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith and Lars Olof Persson. (Future Challenges
and Institutional Preconditions for Regional Development Policy, Volume 5)
(Nordregio Report 2002:9) or downloaded from
www.nordregio.se/R0209.htm.

COURSES

COMPLETELY NEW URSA FOR 2003
The Urban and Regional Studies Academy, URSA, is part of Nordregio.
URSA still offers continuing education with an international comparative
approach in the areas of spatial planning, urban and regional development,
strategic planning and sustainability.

Programmes and detailed information for the individual modules will be
updated  on our website:
http://www.nordregio.se/ursa03.htm.
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December of 2002

New guidelines and application forms both for TACIS Small and Micro CBC TSPF will be available soon.

New guidelines and application forms both for TACIS Small and Micro CBC TSPF will be available after the official call for proposals, i.e. towards the end of 2002. Now they are under the process of amendments/discussions/approval within the EU/Europeaid.

25.11.02

Seed Money - Second application round closed

The second call for Seed Money applications was closed 1 September 2002. On the 16 October 2002, on behalf of the BSR INTERREG III B Steering Committee, the Joint Secretariat made the decisions on applications of the second call for seed money projects. After eligibility check and assessment, 9 out of 12 applications were approved.