The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

​A Central Baltic programme for the years 2021-2027 is being created

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 08:48
You may have caught wind that we are in the process of creating the Central Baltic programme for the 2021-2027 period. I’m very happy to provide you with a brief overview of this process. At the same time, we launch a ‘New programme’ category for news on our website. This will be the best source for staying up-to-date about the process.

Our hands-on work started on 10 March with the meeting of the Joint Programming Committee (JPC) in Helsinki. This is the official body responsible for drafting the content and structures of the new programme. The members of the JPC come from the regions and Member States/Åland of our programme.

The informal discussions about the future programme have been going on for almost two years. Therefore it was for me, and I believe for the other participants as well, very exciting to finally get to work!

In the meeting the JPC discussed the principles and schedule for the programming. In my role as Head of the Managing Authority, I have received a mandate letter - the formal request to begin programming from the Member States/Åland. In addition, the European Commission has sent us a Maritime Orientation Paper which provides general suggestions regarding the Interreg programmes in our area.

Programme area

The JPC wants to keep the current geographical area for the Central Baltic programme also in the next period. As the programming advances there may be minor adjustments to the geography, but we generally the area will probably remain roughly the same.

Programme content

The JPC must take into acount many inputs. First and foremost, the programme structure and content come from EU legislation. For example, the Commission has given a list of 5 Policy Objectives from which all programmes must choose what they will work with. The selection for Central Baltic will be prepared by a content working group, with members mainly from the regions. The proposal will finally be approved by the JPC.
The new programme can be expected to be result-oriented and focused. The selection of objectives will be based on the needs and challenges of our region. To get a good picture of these needs and challenges, input from stakeholders will be collected in many ways, ranging from surveys to thematic workshops and public hearings.

Current status - and what you can do

The work has now started and it will continue actively all this year. The next step is that the working group will start analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that are relevant for cross-border cooperation in our region. It is very much my role to facilitate the discussion between stakeholders and decision-makers and to make sure that your voice gets heard.

Me and my colleagues will keep you up to date of our progress and ways to give your input during the process through our website and social media accounts as well as newsletters. Let’s cooperate in creating the best programme for our region for the future.

Merike Niitepõld
Head of Managing Authority