Baltic Programmes

Lithuania–Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020

The Lithuania–Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020 has been developed within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Instrument and is being co-financed by the European Union and the Russian Federation. The Programme will promote and broaden the cross-border cooperation (hereinafter – CBC) between the border regions of Lithuania and Russia, which so far has been pursued under the 2004–2006 TACIS Neighbourhood Programme Lithuania–Poland–Russia and 2007–2013 European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument CBC Programme Lithuania–Poland–Russia.

The Programme will address four priorities within the selected thematic objectives:

  • TO3: Promotion of local culture and preservation of historical heritage. Priority: Restoration and adaptation of historical and natural heritage, promotion of culture, cultural networking and tourism development;
  • TO4: Promotion of social inclusion and fight against poverty. Priority: Promotion of social inclusion and cooperation in CBC region through improved health, social and education services and community led initiatives;
  • TO5: Support to local and regional good governance. Priority: Promotion of cooperation between public authority institutions and strengthening local communities;
  • TO10: Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management. Priority: Ensuring efficient functioning of border crossing.

The selected thematic objectives and priorities of the Programme will directly contribute to the overall objective of progress towards an area of shared prosperity and good neighbourliness between Lithuania and Russia.

Joint Operational Programme Poland-Russia 2014-2020

The main objective of the Poland-Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 is to support cross-border cooperation in the social, environmental, economic and institutional sphere.

Within the Poland-Russia CBC Programme support can be obtained by applicants, who are legal persons established in the Programme area or by the international organizations with a base of operations in the Programme area. The European grouping of territorial cooperation may be beneficiary, regardless its place of establishment, provided that its geographic coverage is within the Programme area. Each project shall involve at least two beneficiaries: 1 from Poland and 1 from Russian Federation.

Programme budget

The total Programme co-financig amounts to 62 298 477 EUR. The financial allocation consisting of the European Regional Development Fund (20 652 617 EUR), European Neighbourhood Instrument (20 993 243 EUR) and Russian Federation contribution to the Programme (20 652 617 EUR). No grant may exceed 90% of the total eligible costs of the project.

Programme Priorities

The Poland-Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 has set four priorities that reflect the selected Thematic Objectives of the Programme:

  1. Cooperating on historical, natural and cultural heritage for their preservation and cross-border development.
  2. Cooperation for the clean natural environment in the cross-border area.
  3. Accessible regions and sustainable cross-border transport and communication.
  4. Joint actions for border efficiency and security.




INTERREG Central Baltic Programme

The Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027 is a EU cross-border cooperation programme. Its scope is to finance high quality projects with European Regional Development Funds in Finland (including Åland), Estonia, Latvia and Sweden, that aim at solving common challenges together and across borders. The programme budget for 2021-2027 is EUR 118 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which can be applied for in the calls.

Central Baltic Programme as such has already a long history. The programme has been existing in its current form from 2007 and cooperation links in the region are well established and developed. The region has formed into a functional cross-border cooperation area with joint interests, striving for cohesion.

The first call for project proposals to the Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027 will be open in the period 10 February to 31 March 2022.


Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy

The ICLD’s overall objective is to promote the development of sustainable democracy on the local and regional levels. A municipal partnership shall contribute to increased citizen influence by strengthening local and regional politically controlled organisations within one (or if relevant, some) of the following core areas:
• Equity/inclusion
• Citizen participation
• Transparency
• Possibility to demand accountability

Municipal Partnership is a form of cooperation financed by Sida that is designed to contribute to municipal and regional operations in high-priority partnership countries in the form of result-oriented projects. There must also be a mutual interest in partnership in which Swedish municipalities, county councils and regions clearly benefit from the projects implemented.

The following countries are eligible for Municipal Partnership:

Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus.

Asia: India, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.

Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Swedish Institute Seed Money

The Swedish Institute seeks to strengthen Sweden’s relations and develop cooperation with the countries around the Baltic Sea and in our immediate area. Swedish organisations can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute in order to cooperate with organisations in the Baltic Sea Region countries and organisations in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. The project activities that the Swedish Institute supports via ‘seed funding’ must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Projects encompassing countries in the EU Eastern Partnership must also relate to this framework. Furthermore, projects should help create conditions for long-term, sustainable relations in the region.

CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF)

The 2021 PSF call is dedicated to Innovative solutions for strengthening resilience by promoting inclusiveness and protection of most vulnerable societal groups in the BSR during a period of crisis. 

Resilience in this context means the ability of individuals, families and communities to quickly recover from the effects of an emergency or crisis-situation and return to a new or strengthened state of normalcy. Resilience therefore also means the ability to quickly learn and draw conclusions from crises and rebuild lives and societies even better and stronger than before. With the guidance given by the three CBSS Long Term Priorities below projects should focus on:

  • Innovative projects promoting the development of inclusive programmes designed to support groups particularly vulnerable to the pandemic and its effects, in order to offer them alternatives and strengthen their exit pathways from the crisis. 
  • Innovative projects that assess the impact of the crisis on domestic violence or develop strategies, tools and collaboration to build stronger, more accessible, inclusive and sustainable systems for child protection.
  • Innovative projects build on analysis of crisis impacts on societies and economies, which aim at proposing strengthening of societal resilience in a future, especially taking into account cross-sectoral character of problems and solutions (ex. culture in time of crisis and as a tool to build resilience and help societal and economic recovery, youth as vulnerable group in time of crisis and as a group able to develop innovative recovery strategies and projects).


Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4 priority axes to achieve the programme vision:
   -  Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
    - Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
   -  Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    - Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage


Interreg V A Nord is a EU-program supporting cross-border cooperation in order to strengthen the economic and social development. Areas included in the program are north Norway, north Finland, north Sweden and Sápmi (which spreads over all three countries).

The overall goal for the current program is to strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of the program area. To accomplish this, the region needs to be developed in an economic, social and environmental sustainable way. It is desirable that the cross-border cooperation takes place between all three countries, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as far as possible, and that they aim to identify common challenges and opportunities.

INTERREG Botnia-Atlantica

The Botnia-Atlantica programme is a cross-border cooperation programme intended to co-fund projects within the Botnia-Atlantica area. The programme is one of several European territorial Cooperation programmes, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The programme covers a larger area than the Kvarken-MittSkandia programmes. The area includes the regions Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia and Satakunta in Finland, Västerbotten and Västernorrland as well as the municipality of Nordanstig in Sweden and the Nordland region in Norway. The regions Southern Ostrobothnia in Finland and Gävleborg (except Nordanstig) in Sweden participate as adjacent areas in the programme.


INTERREG South Baltic Programme

The Interreg South Baltic Programme is a funding instrument that seeks to activate the potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between local and regional actors. “Blue growth” addresses the economic potential of the Baltic Sea and its coastal regions for sustainable growth and jobs, to be developed in harmony with the marine environment and through cross-border cooperation. “Green growth” is a term to describe a path of economic growth that utilises natural resources in a sustainable manner.


INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021-2027 is about to offer new funding to public and private players around the Baltic Sea who want to shape the region with their smart ideas. These smart ideas will turn into innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral solutions; solutions that will improve the life of people around the Baltic Sea.The Programme is structured along four priorities, which in the years 2021-2027 guide partners in achieving the most when cooperating across borders:

  • Innovative societies
  • Water-smart societies
  • Climate-neutral societies
  • Cooperation governance

The budget is around 250 mln eur.
A first call is expected in February 2022.