Newsletter from Kolarctic CBC on 7th May, 2018

Published: May 7, 2018

This newsletter has been sent fo all Kolarctic CBC e-mailing list subscribers on 7th May.

The 3rd Call for Proposals will be launched on 21st September, 2018
The Joint Monitoring Committee of Kolarctic CBC decided in its meeting on 24th April that a call for proposals will be launched on 21st September, 2018. It will close on 21st December, 2018.
The JMC stated that especially project proposals to Thematic Objectives
7: Improvement of accessibility to the regions, development of sustainable and climate-proof transport and communication networks and systems. and
10: Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management
 are encouraged.
Documents for applying will be published in kolarctic.info in June.
The MA and the Branch Offices in Sweden, Norway and Russia are arranging spreading of information in each country. This means some similar information events as during previous calls for proposals, but the MA and BO:s are also prepared to individual consultations. Concerning these, potential applicants can send their suggestions to the Managing Authority or the Branch Office in their country.

Short about the programme timetable
The Managing Authority can sign Grant Contracts with the 18 already selected projects after the Russian Federation has ratified the Financing Agreement between the Russian Federation and the EC. According to information given to the MA by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation, this will happen by the end of July, 2018.
After the ratification, the Grant Contracts can be signed in the second month after the ratification. To avoid more delay in the project implementation, the MA:s goal is to carry out the Grant Contract negotiations with the Lead Partners by the end of June. The Lead Partners and the MA still have things to do in the GC negotiations, and the MA is waiting for answers to several questions that it has sent to Lead Partners.

Arctic Awards has been launched
ETC programmes that participate in Arctic Cooperation (http://www.interreg-npa.eu/arctic-cooperation/) have launched a project competition Arctic Awards. The award highlights good practice projects focused on topics of particular relevance to the Arctic area. The competition is open to projects funded by the NPA, Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg Nord, Kolarctic CBC and Karelia CBC programmes. Approved projects that have not yet started their implementation are also eligible to take part in the competition.The deadline for competition entries is 31st May 23:59 CET. You find more information on the website of Northern Periphery and the Arctic: http://www.interreg-npa.eu/news/the-arctic-project-awards-2018-are-launched/ 

Find Kolarctic CBC on the web
Kolarctic CBC has a website kolarctic.info During May, the MA is adding information about the next Call for Proposals, and generally about applying. There will also be a new sub-page ’Projects’ with information to ongoing projects and information about projects.
Recently, the MA has added links to https://www.goforenicbc.eu/ to kolarctic.info. It is a very useful online learning platform on Cross-Border Cooperation under the European Neighbourhood Instrument. It contains video tutorials, written guidance and training material to support you in project preparation and implementation. Language versions are available and the material is developing, so check it.

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