Under a mandate from the Programming Committee, the Regional Council of Lapland, acting as the Managing Authority (MA) of Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020, coordinates the programming process for the period 2021-2027. It will also continue as the MA in the new Programme.

Programming Committee

A programming committee has been nominated to take decisions on the 2021-2027 programme. It consists of members from Sweden, Norway, Russia and Finland, both from regional level and national level. The Programming Committee will decide on the content of the programme, and – which is not an insignificant detail – the name of it

Programme region

The Programming Committee has decided to propose to the EC, in its meeting in September, that the programme region in 2021-2027 will consist of following regions:

Norway:
• Nordland county
• Troms and Finnmark county

Sweden:
• Norrbotten county

Finland
• Lapland region

Russia:
• Murmansk region
• Arkhangelsk region
• Nenets autonomous district

Objectives

The objectives of the next programme will be defined during 2020-2021 in the Programming Committee – after hearing different stakeholder groups and involving them in the programme preparation. The objectives will be in the proposal for programme document which the Programming Committee will submit to the European Commission in 2021.

The European Commission has proposed a strategic framework for setting the Programme objectives. The framework is adjusted to the menu of five Policy Objectives and two Interreg Specific Objectives, each including up to six Specific Objectives that define activities on a more detailed level. The framework is proposed in EC’s Proposal for Regulation on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund, and in Proposal for Regulation on specific provisions for Interreg. The Specific Objectives and Interreg Specific Objectives are formulated in the following way in the ”Joint Paper on Interreg NEXT strategic programming”:

Policy Objectives (of which the Programming Committee will choose):

    • PO 1: A smarter Europe and its neighbourhood
    • PO 2: A greener low-carbon Europe and its neighbourhood
    • PO 3: A more connected Europe with its neighbourhood
    • PO 4: A more social Europe and its neighbourhood
    • PO 5: Europe and its neighbourhood closer to their citizens

Interreg specific objectives (ISO):

    • ISO 1: A better cooperation governance for Europe and its neighbourhood
    • ISO 2: A safer and more secure Europe and its neighbourhood

Partnership

Partnership is a central principle in the preparations of the next programme. It ensures the involvement of economic, social and environmental partners, including NGOs. Examples of good practice include involving representatives of different interests in the programming processes such as evaluation. An active involvement of public, economic, civil society and environmental partners should be ensured.

In late 2020, the Managing Authority conducted a survey to collect opinions on the selection and prioritization of programme´s themes from all interest groups and citizens if the region. 

Early 2021 all the participating regions organised stakeholder discussions and consultations in different formats, including interviews, webinars, thematic discussions to collect the needs and interests of regional level stakeholders for future Kolarctic cooperation.

In June 2021 the MA and the programming Task Force organised a joint  public consultation webinar´to all interest groups, where all the four priorities and six proposed specific objectives were presented and discussed.

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholders commented the Kolarctic 2021-2027 programme draft in June

Timeline

Background documents

Certain documents from the European Commission, as well as national strategies and regulations, set a frame for the content and strategy of the programme. Some relevant regulations such as the one concerning NDICI (the Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument), and Interreg-regulation were adopted in the EU during summer 2021. The national level regulations are under preparation in the respective countries.