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European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

ETC programmes in Estonia are coordinated by the European Territorial Cooperation Unit (’ETCU’) of the Regional Development Department of the Ministry of Finance. The unit represents also Estonia as the Member State in total seven ETC programmes and in one ENI programme.

Estonia participates in three cross-border cooperation programmes (Estonia-Latvia, Estonia-Russia, Central Baltic), in four interregional programmes (INTERACT III, URBACT III, ESPON 2020 and Interreg Europe) and in one transnational cooperation programme (Baltic Sea Region).

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Ongoing Calls for Proposals

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Information Days, Events and Seminars

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  • 23rd September: European Cooperation Day 2017
 

2014-2020 Period Programmes


Estonia-Latvia Programme

The programme addresses some of the important cross-border challenges which are linked to the implementation of Europe 2020 in the border regions of Southern Estonia and Northern Latvia.

A strong focus of the programme is on environmental measures. The programme will support natural and cultural heritage in order to further develop sustainable tourism in the region, and will support the promotion of more environment-friendly behaviour of the population (energy saving, recycling, more careful use of water).

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 38,020,684 €. The co-financing rate for the Estonian and Latvian beneficiaries is minimum 15%.

  • Operational Document (441.05 KB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Area: Estonia (West-Estonia and South-Estonia) and Latvia (Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Riia and Pieriga).

The cooperation programme will promote entrepreneurship, facilitate the economic exploitation of new ideas and foster the creation of new firms. It will also help SMEs to engage in innovation processes, and will support cross-border labour mobility. It will also help to create a better network of small harbours.

The programme will contribute to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

 

 

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Estonia-Russia Progamme

The programme aims to foster cross-border cooperation across the borders between the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation. The Programme will complement overall European Union - Russia relations focusing on the eligible border regions on both sides of the border.

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 16 800 000 €. In addition Estonia contributes to the programme with another 8 400 000 € and also the Russian Federation with 8 400 000 €. The co-financing rate for the Estonian beneficiaries is minimum 10%.

  • Operational Document (1.46 MB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Manual (1.13 MB, PDF)
    Conditions and eligible costs are explained in the manual
  • Programme Area: Estonia (Central-Estonia, North-East Estonia and South-Estonia) and Russian Federation (Leningrad Oblast, Pskov Oblast and City of St. Petersburg). North-Estonia as a surrounding area can also participate in the Programme.

Preparation work of the programme started in June 2013 when the first Joint Programming Committee meeting took place.

The approval procedure of the Joint Operational Programme of Estonia-Russia Programmes 2014-2020 was finalised with the Programmes’ document being approved by the Governments of the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation in June 2015, following by approval of the European Commission in December 2015.

 

 

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Central-Baltic Programme

The programme's main focus will be on enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs and promoting entrepreneurship, promoting the sustainable use of common resources (supporting sustainable tourism, reducing pollution of the Baltic Sea, improving urban environment) and improving transport flows of people and goods. In addition, the programme will also support cross-border vocational education and training schemes, and will strengthen disadvantaged communities (through small-scale people-to-people projects).

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 122 360 390 €. The co-financing rate for the Estonian beneficiaries is minimum 15%.

  • Operational Document (546.6 KB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Manual (2.54 MB, ZIP)
    Conditions and eligible costs are explained in the manual
  • Programme Area: Estonia, Latvia, Finalnd (inc. Aland) and Sweden.

The cooperation programme addresses a number of challenges linked to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in coastal regions of the participating Member States.

The programme will develop and implement joint solutions for joint problems. Investments in infrastructure will be small-scale and in many cases of a pilot nature.

The programme will make a significant contribution to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

 

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Baltic Sea Region Programme

The overall objective of the Programme is to strengthen integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea Region. The Programme promotes transnational cooperation and integration through projects that address common challenges and opportunities in the region. The Programme also supports the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 263 830 658 €. In addition Norway contributes to the programme with another 6 000 000 and also European Neighborhood Instrument with 8 800 000 . The co-financing rate for the Estonian beneficiaries is minimum 15%.

  • Operational Document (546.6 KB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Manual (2.54 MB, ZIP)
    Conditions and eligible costs are explained in the manual
  • Programme Area: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Finalnd, Denmark, Germany (only Northern regions), Norway, Belarus and Russian Federation (only North-West regions).

The Programme is designed to tackle issues which cannot sufficiently be dealt with by individual countries. Challenges that require a joint response by partners from several countries from the Baltic Sea Region include improving water quality and increasing maritime safety and security.

The Programme invests in the institutional capacities of public authorities from local, regional and national levels, research and training institutions, sectoral agencies and associations, as well as non-governmental organisations and enterprises.

 

 

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Interreg Europe Programme

The Programme aims at improving cohesion policy through exchange of experience, transfer of good practices and joint initiatives among EU 28 regions (+ Norway and Switzerland) on thematic objectives, such as innovation, SMES, low carbon economy and environmental protection.

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 359 326 320. The co-financing rate for the Estonian beneficiaries is minimum 15%.

This programme is very specific, since it can only influence the way other Operational Programmes will mobilise their funding in the thematic objectives concerned, i.e.

  • Operational Document (970.68 KB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Manual (2.38 MB, PDF)
    Conditions and eligible costs are explained in the manual
  • Programme Area: all Member States of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland.

Expected impacts:

  • Share of growth and jobs programmes influenced by Interreg Europe in the field of innovation: 25%
  • Share of growth and jobs programmes influenced by Interreg Europe in the field of SMEs: 33%
  • Amount of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) mobilised in the field of low carbon economy, influenced by Interreg Europe: €192 million.

 

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URBACT III Programme

URBACT III acts as a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It will enable European cities to work together to develop solutions to urban challenges and share good practices, lessons and solutions with all stakeholders involved in urban policy throughout Europe. The programme will cover all of the 28 Member States of the European Union as well as the two partner countries of Norway and Switzerland.

The Programme will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and good practice between cities and other levels of government in order to promote integrated sustainable development and improve the effectiveness of regional and cohesion policy.

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 74 301 909.

  • Operational Document (2.13 MB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Manual (1.36 MB, ZIP)
    Conditions and eligible costs are explained in the manual
  • Programme Area: all Member States of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland.
Expected impacts:
  • Urban practitioners in cities have increased knowledge and capacity in relation to integrated approaches to sustainable urban development.
  • Cities have designed integrated strategies and action plans for sustainable urban development.
  • Cities have improved their performance with regard to the implementation of integrated plans for sustainable urban development.
  • Practitioners and decision-makers at all levels have increased access to URBACT thematic knowledge on sustainable urban development and make use of it.

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ESPON 2020 Programme

The objective of the the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme is to support the reinforcement of the effectiveness of EU Cohesion Policy and other sectoral policies and programmes under European Structural Investment (ESI) funds as well as national and regional territorial development policies, through the production, dissemenation and promotion of territorial evidence covering the entire territory of the 28 EU Members States, as well as 4 Partner States of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 41 377 019 €.

  • Operational Document (374.52 KB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Area: all Member States of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Expected impacts:

  • Enhanced production of territorial evidence through applied research and analyses.
  • Upgraded knowledge transfer and use of analytical user support.
  • Improved territorial observation and tools for territorial analyses.
  • Wider outreach and uptake of territorial evidence.

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INTERACT III Programme

The Programme aims at reinforcing the effectiveness of cohesion policy by promoting exchange of experiences, transfer of good practices and dissemination of innovative approaches among the territorial cooperation programmes and partners.

The Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution to the Programme is 39 392 594 €. The Programme neither supports projects nor opens calls for proposals.

This programme is very specific, since it can only influence the way other cooperation programmes and activities can be implemented more efficiently:

  • Operational Document (928.93 KB, PDF)
    Read more about the Programme from the Operational Programme
  • Programme Area: all Member States of the European Union.
  • to improve management and control capacity of more than 84% of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes;
  • to improve the capacity in capturing and communicating the programme results of more than 80% of the ETC programmes;
  • to improve the cooperation management capacity to implement innovative approaches (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, Revolving Funds, macro-regional strategies, etc.) of more than 84% of the ETC programmes.

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Last updated: 28 August 2017