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

Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027

The next Central Baltic Programme is almost here!
Work is ongoing and the next step is for each participating Member State’s government to approve the programme document. The programme is to be result-oriented and support cross-border cooperation between Finland (including Åland), Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. Based on the needs and challenges of our region, 7 thematically grouped Programme Objectives have been proposed.

Start getting ready! 

Now is the time to start developing your project idea. You can find the programme draft document as well as our 30-minute video about the preliminary programme and proposed Programme Objectives below.  
It’s a good time to get acquainted with the programme logic. If your interest fits to the selected Programme Objectives, start preparing your project idea and partnership.
Free Icon | Arrow in circle  Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027 Draft

Free Icon | Arrow in circle  Video about the new programme for public hearing

If you are a potential applicant, we would like to invite you to use the Project idea form below to define the project idea in the preparation phase of the project and think about the central questions to prepare for consultations, which will be announced later in the autumn. It can also be sent to the Joint Secretariat as an initial presentation of the idea.

What's new for Central Baltic in 2021-2027?

What will be new? What will remain the same? What will be simplified?
You will find answers to these questions and learn more about what's ahead in our recent article written by Merike Niitepõld, our Head of Managing Authority: What's new for Central Baltic 2021-2027

Expected Timetable  

Below you can see the provisional timeline with the next key steps in the process. Please note that the dates are tentative and subject to change. 
  • The Joint Programming Committee (JPC) met online for the 8th time on July 1 to discuss the final wordings of the programme document for the 2021-2027 period. The discussions continued on issues raised in the public hearings. During the day, the JPC came to a conclusion on all open issues.
  • The next step is for each participating Member State’s government to approve the programme document. This is referred to as the national approval process and it will take approximately three months.
  • Once the Member States have formally approved the document, it will be submitted to the Commission and the first call can be announced. The preparations are now made for a first call deadline in early 2022.
The launching of the new Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027 is planned for 15 November 2021. The event is to be held online. In this event, we hope to celebrate together with you that the new programme document is ready and approved.

We recommend everyone to read the latest available draft of the programme – a version that was available for the public hearing. Although this is not a final version, it gives potential applicants a fair understanding of the common challenges identified for the Central Baltic region, and the Programme Objectives within which projects will be funded.

In the autumn we will give further information on the timetable and tips for planning your project.
Find all the latest news about the 2021-2027 programming period from the left-hand side menu. 
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