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INTERREG South Baltic 5th call for proposals

  - 25 days Deadline: 20 Dec 2017

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The 5th call for proposals of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is open between 13 November and 20 December 2017, 4 p.m. CET.
The call is open only for the following specific objectives:

  • Specific objective 2.1: “Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations”
  • Specific objective 2.2: “Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area”
  • Specific objective 3.1: “Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area” 
  • Specific objective 4.1: “Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions”

Please download a profiled announcement of the call for the specific objective you are interested in to access the information on the current situation in the specific objective. In some specific objectives the Programme is looking for projects contributing to the Programme output indicators, which are not yet achieved by the Programme.

 

 

1. State of play in specific objective 2.1(SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PROJECTS)

The Interreg South Baltic Programme in its second generation is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and becomes a well recognized financial instrument for cooperation across the southern shores of the Baltic Sea. The main objective of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is ‘to increase the blue and green growth potential of the South Baltic area through cross-border cooperation’.

In the framework of the specific objective 2.1 ‘Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations’ the Programme calls for projects related to sustainable tourism development. A comprehensive description of the Programme specific objective 2.1 can be found in the Programme Manual (Chapter II, Detailed description of Priority Axes) and the Cooperation Programme Document. Nonetheless, it can be concluded that the projects funded under specific objective 2.1 enable their participants to:

  • investigate best practices and exchange knowledge and experience related to sustainable tourism;

  • cooperate with partners and jointly develop tailored solutions for the tourism sector in their region and beyond;

  • test innovative methods and tools that could help to extend the tourist season and diversify the currently prevailing tourism patterns;

  • form international networks with organisations pursuing the same mission;

  • experience the cross-sector cooperation possibilities in an international setting

The total ERDF funding allocated to the specific objective 2.1 for the period 2014-2020 is EUR 19 886 852,00 that constitutes 24% of the overall Programme budget. As a result of the four finalised calls, 12 regular projects and 3 seed money projects have been selected for the implementation under specific objective 2.1.

Until now approximately 81% of the available funding for the specific objective 2.1 has been committed to the approved projects.

Before the 5th call for proposals the amount available to be committed is 3 830 446,74 EUR ERDF.

The projects approved under the four finalised calls for proposals have committed to deliver significant contributions to the Programme output indicator targets. The present situation related to fulfillment of Programme targets in the specific objective 2.1 is presented in the graph below.

The 5th call for proposals is open for projects contributing to any of the output indicators under specific objective 2.1, especially the Programme is looking for projects that intend to contribute to the Programme output indicator ‘Size of pilot investments co-financed by the Programme in blue and green tourism infrastructure and services’.

 

 

 

1. State of play in specific objective 2.2 (GREEN TECHNOLOGIES PROJECTS)

 

The Interreg South Baltic Programme in its second generation is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and becomes a well recognized financial instrument for cooperation across the southern shores of the Baltic Sea. The main objective of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is ‘to increase the blue and green growth potential of the South Baltic area through cross-border cooperation’. In the framework of the specific objective 2.2 ‘Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area’ the Programme calls for projects related to green technologies. A comprehensive description of the Programme specific objective 2.2 can be found in the Programme Manual (Chapter II, Detailed description of Priority Axes) and the Cooperation Programme Document. Nonetheless, it can be concluded that the projects funded under specific objective 2.2 enable their participants to:

 investigate best practices and exchange knowledge and experience related to the green technologies;

 cooperate with partners and jointly develop tailored solutions for the environmental challenges of their regions based on green technologies;

 test innovative green technologies;

 form international networks with organisations pursuing the same mission;

 experience the cross-sector cooperation possibilities in an international setting.

The total ERDF funding allocated to the specific objective 2.2 for the period 2014-2020 is EUR 19 886 852,00 that constitutes 24% of the overall Programme budget. As a result of the four finalised calls, 8 regular projects and 6 seed money projects have been selected for the implementation under specific objective 2.2.

Until now approximately 52% of the available funding for the specific objective 2.2 has been committed to the approved projects. Before the 5th call for proposals the amount available to be committed is 9 446 822,01 EUR ERDF

The projects approved under the four finalised calls for proposals have committed to deliver significant contributions to the Programme output indicator targets. The present situation related to fulfillment of Programme targets in the specific objective 2.2 is presented in the graph below.

The 5 th call for proposals is open for projects contributing to any of the output indicators under specific objective 2.2.

 

 

1. State of play in specific objective 3.1(SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT PROJECTS)

The Interreg South Baltic Programme in its second generation is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and becomes a well recognized financial instrument for cooperation across the southern shores of the Baltic Sea. The main objective of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is ‘to increase the blue and green growth potential of the South Baltic area through cross-border cooperation’. In the framework of the specific objective 3.1 ‘Improve the quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area’ the Programme calls for projects related to sustainable transport development. A comprehensive description of the Programme specific objective 3.1 can be found in the Programme Manual (Chapter II, Detailed description of Priority Axes) and the Cooperation Programme Document. Nonetheless, it can be concluded that the projects funded under specific objective 3.1 enable their participants to:

 investigate best practices and exchange knowledge and experience related to sustainable transport services;

 cooperate with partners and jointly develop environmentally sustainable quality services for the transport sector in their region and beyond;

 test innovative service models, methods and tools;

 form international networks with organisations pursuing the same mission;

 experience the cross-sector cooperation possibilities in an international setting.

The total ERDF funding allocated to the specific objective 3.1 for the period 2014-2020 is EUR 15 789 000,00 that constitutes 19% of the overall Programme budget. As a result of the four finalised calls, 5 regular projects and 6 seed money projects have been selected for the implementation under specific objective 3.1.

Until now approx. 54,49% of the available funding for the specific objective 3.1 has been committed to the approved projects. Before the 5th call for proposals the amount available to be committed is 7 185 731,39 EUR ERDF.

The projects approved under the four finalised calls for proposals have committed to deliver significant contributions to the Programme output indicator targets.

The present situation related to fulfillment of Programme targets in the specific objective 3.1 is presented in the graph below.

The 5 th call for proposals is open for projects contributing to any of the output indicators under specific objective 3.1.

 

1. State of play in specific objective 4.1 (SKILLED LABOUR FORCES PROJECTS)

The Interreg South Baltic Programme in its second generation is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and becomes a well recognized financial instrument for cooperation across the southern shores of the Baltic Sea. The main objective of the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is ‘to increase the blue and green growth potential of the South Baltic area through cross-border cooperation’. In the framework of the specific objective 4.1 ‘Increase the share of skilled labour force working in blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area through joint cross-border actions’ the Programme calls for projects related to skilled labour forces development. A comprehensive description of the Programme specific objective 4.1 can be found in the Programme Manual (Chapter II, Detailed description of Priority Axes) and the Cooperation Programme Document. Nonetheless, it can be concluded that the projects funded under specific objective 4.1 enable their participants to:

 investigate best practices and exchange knowledge and experience related to human resource capacities for the area’s blue and green economy;

 cooperate with partners and jointly develop tailored solutions for boosting human resource capacities for the area’s blue and green economy;

 test innovative methods and tools;

 form international networks with organisations pursuing the same mission;

 experience the cross-sector cooperation possibilities in an international setting.

The total ERDF funding allocated to the specific objective 4.1 for the period 2014-2020 is EUR 8 310 000, that constitutes 10% of the overall Programme budget. As a result of the four finalised calls, 4 regular projects and 4 seed money projects have been selected for the implementation under specific objective 4.1. Until now approx. 61% of the available funding for the specific objective 4.1 has been committed to the approved projects. Before the 5 th call for proposals the amount available to be committed is 3 201 888,75 EUR ERDF.

The projects approved under the four finalised calls for proposals have committed to deliver significant contributions to the Programme output indicator targets.

The present situation related to fulfillment of Programme targets in the specific objective 4.1 is presented in the graph below.

The 5 th call for proposals is open for projects contributing to any of the output indicators under specific objective 4.1, especially the Programme is looking for projects that intend to contribute to the Programme output indicator ‘Number of delivered cross-border employment schemes (i.e. services, model solutions, tools and programmes) and joint training supporting employment in the blue and green economy of the South Baltic area’.

 

 

2. Programme area

The eligible area for the Programme consists of regions from five EU countries, which includes the following NUTS III units:

 

Denmark: Bornholm, Østsjælland, Vest-og Sydsjælland

Sweden: Skåne län, Blekinge län; Kalmar län, Kronobergs län

Germany: districts (Landkreise) Nordwestmecklenburg, Rostock, Vorpommern-Rügen, Vorpommern- Greifswald and district-free city (kreisfreie Stadt) of Rostock;

Poland: Miasto Szczecin, Szczeciński, Stargardzki, Koszaliński, Słupski, Starogardzki, Gdański, Trójmiejski and Elbląski 1

Lithuania: Klaipėdos apskritis, Tauragės apskritis, Telšių apskritis

 

In comparison to the period 2007-2013 there are two significant changes to the Programme eligible area. Firstly, there is no division between the core and adjacent territories of the Programme. This means that all included territories are now governed by the same Programme rules. Secondly, due to an administrative reorganisation of districts and district free cities introduced in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE) in 2011, the total area covered by the Programme has been enlarged, with the former district (Landkreis) Güstrow now being a part of the district (Landkreis) Rostock for the programming period 2014-2020.

As a general rule, activities within the South Baltic Programme should be implemented in the Programme eligible area. In exceptional cases, if for the benefit of the Programme eligible area and the Programme’s objectives, some activities may be implemented outside the Programme eligible area or even on the territories of other EU Member States.

For those exceptional cases the EU created a possibility and legal framework under the Art. 20 item 2(b) of regulation No. 1299/2013. This rule, the so called 20% eligibility rule, allows accepting that some project activities are being implemented outside the Programme eligible area. The 20% eligibility rule is monitored at the Programme level.

With reference to the 20% eligibility rule, the following funding is still available in the 5th call for proposals:

 

The ERDF funding available for carrying out activities outside the eligible area (20% eligibility rule)

13 714 345,95

 

3. Who can apply?

In the South Baltic Programme the project partnership can consist of three types of partners:

  •   lead partner (LP);

  •   project partner (PP);

  •   associated partner (AP).

While all types of partners are expected to commit themselves to the delivery of the project, only the first two types of partners can benefit directly from ERDF funding and have to provide their own contribution as a counterpart to the Programme co-financing.

 

3.1 Lead partner

Definition of the lead partner

In order to act as a lead partner in the South Baltic Programme project an organisation must have a legal

personality and fall into one of the categories:

  • national, regional and local authorities;
  • bodies governed by public law (as defined in Art 2(1) of Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC (OJ L 94, 28.3.2014). This means body fulfilling all three conditions:
  • □  established under public or private law for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character, and

  • □  having legal personality, and

  • □  financed, for the most part, by the State, regional or local authorities, or other bodies governed by public law; or subject to management supervision by those bodies; or having an administrative, managerial or supervisory board, more than half of whose members are appointed by the State, regional or local authorities, or by other bodies governed by public law.

  1. associations of one or several regional or local authorities;
  2. associations of one or several bodies governed by public law;
  3. European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) (as defined in the Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 as amended by Regulation (EU) No 1302/2013).

Regardless of the category, an organisation has to make the results of the project available to the general public.

Bodies listed above can act as lead partner only if their financial and organisational capacities allow that. These will be assessed on a case by case basis during the quality assessment of applications. Therefore, such organisations, especially NGOs, should be able, on short notice, to present and provide the JS with three year’s balance sheets and employment records in order to prove their ability to cover for potential irregularities during project implementation.

In principle, to become a lead partner, an organisation has to be located (what is decisive is the legal address of the organisation) in the South Baltic Programme eligible area. In exceptional cases, where explicitly justified by the project’s character, organisations of national or regional level that are located outside the eligible area, but have a branch office in the eligible area (e.g. Marshal Office of Warmia-Mazury), may also become lead partners. In such cases it is strongly recommended that the JS is contacted in advance to confirm eligibility. The national/regional authorities, which have territorial jurisdiction over a Programme region (independent from the existence of a branch office) also can become lead partners. In such case, the general requirement for the organisations outside the eligible area shall be applied, i.e. their participation has to be explicitly justified by the project’s character and the relevant Programme Member State (Programme region) will take over the financial responsibilities related to the participation in the project.

For full information please check the Programme Manual, Chapter III Specific features of the South Baltic projects, point 2.1.

 

3.2 Project partner

In order to act as a project partner in a South Baltic project an institution must have a legal personality and fall into one of the categories:

  • national, regional and local authorities;
  • bodies governed by public law (as defined in Art 2(1) of Directive 2014/24/EU);
  • other entities established under public or private law operating for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character;
  • associations of one or several regional or local authorities;
  • associations of one or several bodies governed by public law;
  • European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) (as defined in the Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 as amended by Regulation (EU) No 1302/2013).
  • SMEs associations and clusters;
  • chambers of commerce, trade unions and NGOs

Following entities may not be financed by the Programme:

  • profit-oriented companies of strictly industrial or commercial character, not operating for the purpose of meeting needs in general interest.

In principle to become a project partner, an organisation has to be located (decisive is the legal address of the organisation) in the eligible area of the South Baltic Programme. As a rule, organisations located outside the Programme’s eligible area are recommended to be involved in the projects as associated partners. Only in exceptional cases they can act as regular project partners (geographical eligibility of project partners is limited to the EU) and directly benefit from ERDF funding. Applicants coming from the EU Member States may become partners only under special conditions. Potential applicants from other EU Member States are encouraged to contact the JS before applying to get more information on the formal and legal requirements.

One of the implications of such project set-up, involving the project partners from outside Programme area can be a longer clarification and contracting process. Furthermore, such organisations cannot realize small scale or pilot investments on their own area (outside Programme area).

In any case, if a potential applicant is not sure if it can act as a project partner it is strongly recommended to such partners to contact the relevant national authorities and the JS in advance during the preparatory phase of a project development.

For full information please check the Programme Manual, Chapter III Specific features of the South Baltic projects, point 2.2.

 

4. Co-financing rates

Depending on the location, the South Baltic Programme provides different ERDF co-financing rates for organisations participating in projects.

Partners from Poland, Lithuania and Germany can receive up to 85% ERDF co-financing. Partners from Denmark and Sweden can receive up to 75% ERDF co-financing for eligible costs generated within a project approved by the South Baltic Programme. The remaining part of the costs has to be contributed by the partners from their own resources, constituting the national co-financing. This applies also to partners coming from the Programme Member States, but outside the Programme eligible.

For partners coming from EU Member States other than the Programme Member States the applicable ERDF co- financing is maximum 75%.

It must be underlined that co-financing rates for particular project partners may be reduced in case activities are subject to the state aid rules.

 

5. Costs incurred during the project preparation

The eligibility of costs in the South Baltic Programme is time-dependent and relates to the project phases. The Programme offers lump sums for the project preparation costs (no proof in form of financial documents is needed), on condition that the project is approved. The proof of the delivery of the activities covered by the lump sum is submitted and approved project application. The lump sum is the only way to cover preparation costs; real costs cannot be presented and claimed for the reimbursement. The lump sum is granted provided that the project did not receive seed money from the South Baltic Programme (including the seed money facility implemented under the South Baltic Programme 2007 – 2013) or another seed money instrument.

Project applications that are partially based on the seed money project financed by the South Baltic Programme are advised to consult the JS during the project development in order to clarify their eligibility for preparation costs.

 

6. Project start date

The earliest start date of the project can be the day after the end date of the call for proposals. However, before the approval of the project by the Monitoring Committee, all activities are implemented at the project's own risk. At the latest the implementation phase is required to start three months after the decision of the Monitoring Committee. This does not apply to projects on the reserve list. The start date and end date of the project implementation are set in the Application Form, and can be changed during the clarification process.

 

7. Application package

  • The documents necessary for application can be found in the application package which may be updated in regards to each call for proposals and will be published on the Programme website – https://southbaltic.eu/call-for-proposals.
  • Programme documents will not be altered during the call for proposals and project assessment. The application package consists of:
  • call for proposals announcement;
  • Programme Manual;
  • Application Form with all required annexes;
  • Guidelines on filling in and submitting the Application Form; complaint template;
  • template of the Partnership Agreement;
  • template of the Subsidy Contract (with and without state aid)

 

Applicants should make themselves familiar with the draft template of the Subsidy Contract as well as with the draft template of the Partnership Agreement before submitting the application. It is also recommended for applicants to make themselves familiar with the Quality Assessment Guidelines, available under the call for proposals section.

Applications have to be filled in English as this is the official and working language of the Programme. Applications submitted in another language will be considered ineligible.

 

8. Submission of applications

The application package should be submitted in an electronic version including:

  • filled-in Application Form in the Excel format;
  • readable scan of confirmation page (part of the Application Form) signed and stamped (if applicable);
  • readable scans of Project Partner Declarations (for all project partners, including lead partner) and Letters of commitment (for all associated partners), signed and stamped (if applicable);
  • readable scans of Letter of dedication and support from EUSBSR policy area/ horizontal action coordinator (if applicable);
  • scans or electronic versions of other attachments (if applicable),

 

which have to be sent via email to application@southbaltic.eu by 20 December 2017, 4 p.m. Warsaw time (CET) at the latest.

 

9. Selection and approval of projects

The decision on the selection and approval of project proposals is taken by the Monitoring Committee of the South Baltic Programme. It is based on the results of the formal and the quality assessment, which is carried through by the Joint Secretariat in collaboration with external experts. The Monitoring Committee’s decision on the approval of projects submitted under the 5th call for proposals is expected on 25 April 2018.

 

10. Complaints

In accordance with the Article 74 (3) of the Regulation 1303/2013 the possibility to raise a complaint has been presumed in the programme. Complaints may be lodged if the lead applicant is of opinion that the project assessment did not comply with the assessment procedures laid out in the specific Call for Proposals. The decision related to a complaint is final, binding to all parties and not subject to any further complaint proceedings within the programme. The complaint procedure is without prejudice to any mechanism or process for legal redress at national level, in particular with regard to unsuccessful applicants.

The detailed procedure can be found in the Monitoring Committee Rules of Procedure available at www.southbaltic.eu.

 

11. Further information and contacts

Comprehensive information on the South Baltic Programme can be found at the Programme website www.southbaltic.eu

You are also welcome to contact the Joint Secretariat in case of any further questions:

JOINT SECRETARIAT
INTERREG South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 Al. Grunwaldzka 186
80-266 Gdańsk
Poland
Phone +48 58 74 638 57
 



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