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

National Contact Points in spotlight - Annika Mändla

In this mini-series, we introduce our national Contact Points from around the programme area. The national Contact Points are the link between the programme and the regions. They inform about the funding opportunities and provide first information to potential applicants. Contact Points also help with partner search and matchmaking. In addition, they follow projects closely to share/spread project results and communicate the benefits of cross-border cooperation. Previus Contact Points in Spotlight:


Part 1: Our national Contact Point on Åland - Ester Laurell
Part 2: Our national Contact Point in Finland - Jaakko Ranta
Part 3: Our national Contact Point in Latvia - Ilze Legzdina
Part 4: Our national Contact Point in Sweden South - Annika Holmström
Part 5: Our national Contact Point in Estonia - Johanna Joosep 
Part 6: Our national Contact Point in Sweden-North - Christina Rehnberg 

Part 7: Our national Contact Point in Estonia - Ingel Türk

Part 8: Our national Contact Point in Finland - Julia Jokelin
Part 9: Our national Contact Point in Latvia - Daiga Krumina

How did you end up working with Central Baltic?

Before working with Central Baltic, I worked in tourism for 5 years. I was responsible for all tourism related developing and marketing activities in my town and county. I saw this job offer in my Facebook feed and after reading more about the tasks and job description, I realized that it seems like something I would like to do and something I would be good at. I thought that my previous work experience in local level would be a great asset and also there would be a lot to gain for my personal development as there is so much new information and knowledge.

What does a typical working day look like?

So far I’ve worked here for only three weeks and spent a lot of time getting to know the programme, projects and tasks. Mostly I start my day with reading my emails, looking through social media and then I go over my To Do list. Usually I have some kind of Skype meeting in a day and there I get more ideas to my To Do list. Probably it will change a lot according to the time of year but this is how it is now.

What are you currently working with?

I’m currently working on Central Baltic Instagram strategy, contacting more and more projects to get to know them and their activities with an aim to promote them and I’m also part of new website task force.

What is the best thing about your work?

I think the best part is meeting new and interesting people and to have an overview of so many different projects in a different field.
I’m from seaside town Haapsalu and I love sea and coastal area as a living and leisure  environment and I’m happy that Central Baltic programme is related to developing that kind of environments. No less important is the fact that I’m able to live in this beautiful town while being part of something bigger!