We are delighted to announce that in December 2023, the European Commission has approved the expansion and increased funding of the Central Baltic Programme.
The programme already covers regions from Estonia, Finland (including Åland), Latvia, and Sweden, and now includes two additional regions—Etelä-Savo in Finland and Latgale in Latvia.
Another significant development is the substantial funding increase of almost 30 million euros. As a result, the total funding for the Central Baltic Programme now amounts to 152 million euros (ERDF).
What’s the reasoning?
This strategic decision is a direct response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and the subsequent suspension of Interreg NEXT funding programmes involving Russia and Belarus. In light of these developments, the participating Member States restructured their allocation of funding to ensure that regional development remains a priority to create positive change in our regions.
More funding ahead
Looking ahead, the programme will have three calls for project proposals in 2024, providing opportunities for cross-border development and collaboration for both regular-size and small projects. Now is the right moment to start preparations and look for project partners for cross-border development and collaboration.
Map of the Central Baltic Programme area:
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2024. Here’s to successful cooperation in our expanded programme territory!