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Procedure of granting support letters to the potential flagship projects

Procedure of granting support letters to the potential flagship projects

Land-based projects

On 22-23 January 2015 VASAB CSPD/BSR has agreed on the procedure of granting support letters on behalf of EUSBSR Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" to the potential flagship projects related to land-based spatial planning:

• VASAB requests all interested project developers to submit their project ideas (in the form of Concept Note or extended project description) at least 7 (seven) working days before the deadline for submitting applications to the funding programme;
• VASAB Secretariat serves as a contact point;
• VASAB Secretariat verifies if the formal requirements of a flagship project are met by the applicant;
• VASAB CSPD/BSR members are consulted before proposing formal decision;
• Decision to grant Letter of Commitment or Letter of Support is made by the VASAB CSPD/BSR via written procedure or at the CSPD/BSR meeting. Written procedure may take up to 7 (seven) days.

Criteria for the land-based flagship project

The project can be proposed to grant flagship status if the The label of a flagship project can be given to a project that fulfils the following criteria:

• Flagship project should have at least three partners from different countries with a clear indication of the Lead Partner. The information on the partnership composition is important to ensure that the project will be implemented in a good/professional way.
• Flagship project should have a clear transnational dimension and other traits of a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. It should contribute to the implementation of VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region and to the overall task of the Horizontal Action to achieve territorial cohesion perspective of the Region by 2030.
• In addition, VASAB Secretariat checks if the project contributes to the Tentative Action Plan for the Implementation of VASAB Tallinn Declaration 2015-2019.

MSP projects

The support letters to the potential flagship projects related to maritime spatial planning are granted by the joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group. Both HELCOM and VASAB Secretariats serve as contact points.

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