Information available on the first funded projects

You can now find more detailed information about the first 14 projects to receive funding from the Seed Money Facility on our website. In the section “Funded projects” on the left hand side you will find short summaries of the content as well as information on the partnership and budget of each project. Contact details of the respective Lead Partners are also available in this section if you would like to receive further details, or approach the project partnership on any other issue.


Europe's Macroregional Strategies: the first Evaluation

The European Commission has published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future.

The EU's Baltic and Danube Strategies, involving over 20 EU and non EU countries, have pioneered a unique kind of cooperation, based on the idea that common challenges faced by specific regions -whether environmental, economic or security related - are best tackled collectively, and that it makes sense to plan together for the most effective deployment of the funds available.

The report delivers a broadly positive verdict on the existing strategies so far. It highlights how they have created hundreds of new projects and helped to formulate joint policy objectives in areas of vital importance for the regions involved. The macroregional approach has also led to numerous joint initiatives and networks, as well as political decisions at collective level.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) - was adopted in 2009. The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was adopted in June 2011. A Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region has been requested. More info in the section on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.


Seed money granted to 14 first projects

The first 14 seed money projects were approved on 21 June 2013. The approved project proposals cover ten priority areas of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (Innovation, Energy, Health, Education, SME, Tourism, Bio, Agri, Culture, and Transport) and two horizontal actions (Neighbours, and Sustainable Development/Bio-economy).

The next decision round is planned for October/November 2013. The deadline for project submission to the Seed Money Secretariat is 30 September, 2013. Applicants are recommended to contact the responsible Priority Area Coordinators/Horizontal Action Leaders as soon as possible, and submit their project applications to the PACs/HALs no later than 16 September, 2013. The Priority Area Coordinators/Horizontal Action Leaders perform the strategic assessment of project ideas. Only projects that present the letter of support from PAC/HAL are eligible for funding.