Baltic Sea


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Programme description

Main objectives

The overall objective of the Programme is to strengthen integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea Region. The Programme promotes transnational cooperation and integration through projects that address common challenges and opportunities in the region. The Programme also supports the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The Programme is designed to tackle issues which cannot sufficiently be dealt with by individual countries. Challenges that require a joint response by partners from several countries from the Baltic Sea Region include improving water quality and increasing maritime safety and security.

The Programme invests in the institutional capacities of public authorities from local, regional and national levels, research and training institutions, sectoral agencies and associations, as well as non-governmental organisations and enterprises. Improved institutional capacity is understood as:

  • enhanced institutionalised knowledge and competence;
  • improved governance structures and organisational set-up;
  • more efficient use of human and technical resources
  • better ability to attract new financial resources; and
  • increased capability to work in a transnational environment.

Funding priorities

The programme will focus on the following four priorities:

  1. Capacity for innovation
  2. Efficient management of natural resources
  3. Sustainable transport
  4. Macro-regional cooperation

Some of the expected results

  • increased capacity of public authorities, research and training institutions, sectoral agencies and associations, as well as non-governmental organisations and enterprises for more innovation, to manage natural resources efficiently and to make transport more sustainable
  • 230 enterprises cooperating with research institutions
  • 10 newly developed market products and services
  • € 8 million of private investments unlocked in research & development
  • € 45 million of investments planned transnationally


  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
    • BERLIN
    • BREMEN
    • Lüneburg
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden


  • Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 263,830,658.00 €

Thematic priorities

Financial information

Total OP budget: 333,414,456.00 €

Total EU contribution: 272,630,658.00 €

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CCI number: 2014TC16M5TN001