What is Flagship?

Flagships demonstrate the progress of the EUSBSR and may serve as pilot examples for desired action. Flagships have a macro-regional impact and develop joint initiatives involving partnership from different countries.

Horizontal Action’s “Spatial Planning” Flagship status is recommended:

  • by the VASAB CSPD/BSR for the land-based spatial planning projects. Procedure is available here.
  • by the joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group for the projects concerning MSP issues. General procedure is available here.

Ongoing Flagships:

Flagship of MSP relevance


Pan Baltic Scope aims to achieve coherent national maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region and to build lasting macro-region mechanisms for cross-border MSP cooperation. To achieve these aims, the project uses the experiences and results from earlier projects in the Baltic Sea Region, an in particular the Baltic SCOPE (2015-2017) project, along with the national MSP processes.

Web: www.panbalticscope.eu
Project`s lifetime: January 2018 – December 2019
Budget: € 3 315 113
Financed from: DG Mare/ EMFF Work Programme 2016



Baltic LINes – Coherent Linear Infrastructures in Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans is aiming to increase transnational coherence of shipping routes and energy corridors in maritime spatial plans in the BSR in order to prevent cross-border mismatches and secure transnational connectivity as well as efficient use of Baltic Sea space.

Web: www.balticlines.eu
Project’s lifetime: March 2016 – March 2019
Budget: € 3 409 458
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020




Flagship for land-based spatial planning


BEA-APP – Baltic Energy Areas – A Planning Perspective aims to improve the capacity of regional and renewable energy planning actors by developing, testing and implementing new spatially adjusted spatial planning instruments, innovative stakeholder involvement modes and financing systems, as well as place-based pilot actions assessing local circumstances and conditions, defining the optimal renewable energy mix for strategically selected areas and setting the scene for a number of concrete renewable energy projects in the region.

Project’s lifetime: March 2016 – March 2019
Budget: € 2 700 000
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020



Completed Flagships:

Full list of Completed Flagships is available here.

Baltic SCOPE – Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Baltic Sea MSP develops common solutions of the cross-border MSP leading to alignment of national plans, by executing a unique exercise to challenge countries involved, learns from the gained experience and transfers the knowledge beyond the project and region, as well as facilitates the implementation of the EU MSP Directive. Two MSP case studies- Southwest Baltic case (SE, DK, DE, PL) and Central Baltic case (LV in cross-border consultation with EE and SE) focus on how shipping traffic, wind farming, fishing and other uses function in these areas and how they can compromise.
Web: www.balticscope.eu
Project’s lifetime: March 2015 – March 2017
Budget: € 2 638 829
Financed from: DG MARE (Call MARE/2014/22)



PartiSEApate – Multi-level Governance in MSP (Maritime Spatial Planning) throughout the Baltic Sea Region. Project developed methodologies for how to carry out multi-level MSP processes across national boundaries via three pilot cases. It brought together stakeholders to foster holistic thinking for sustainable and integrated MSP, as well as suggested a Pan-Baltic MSP governance model.
Web: www.partiseapate.eu
Project’s lifetime: June 2012 – December 2014
Budget: € 1 043 015
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013




Relevant Flagships from other Policy Areas



NSB CoRe – North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions aims to improve the sustainable accessibility of the regions along the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T corridor. Project implements TEN-T Regulation from a regional development perspective and brings the needs of peripheral regions to the TEN-T core network corridor context. The project produces a joint spatial vision for the North Sea – Baltic transport corridor. The vision improves linkages between NSB infrastructure and regional/urban transport networks and assesses impact of the NSB CoRe corridor upon regional development processes.
Flagship of PA Transport
Project’s lifetime: May 2016 – April 2019
Budget: € 3 307 649
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

Baltic Blue Growth – Initiating full scale mussel farming in the Baltic Sea establishes six fully operational mussel farms to counteract eutrophication and create new blue growth opportunities. The project also prepares recommendations for a harmonised methodology in MSP and possible nutrient compensation measures.
Flagship of PA Nutri
Project’s lifetime: May 2016 – April 2019
Budget: € 4 651 847
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

BalticRIM – Baltic Sea Region Integrated Maritime Cultural Heritage Management aims to integrate management of cultural heritage in and at the Baltic Sea into MSP. Project seeks to improve the collaboration between the stakeholder groups of maritime cultural heritage and MSP to steer the optimization of planning processes and successful articulation of interests of the MCH community in a sustainable and spatially compatible manner.
Flagship of PA Culture
Project’s lifetime: October 2017– September 2020
Budget: € 2 621 798
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

 Baltic InteGrid – Integrated Baltic offshore wind electricity grid development. The project aims to contribute to sustainable indigenous electricity generation, further integration of electricity markets and security of supply in the BSR by optimizing the potential and efficiency of offshore wind energy. It will present plans for a coordinated Baltic Sea offshore grid and significantly reduce one of the most important bottlenecks for the development of renewable energy sources in the BSR.
Flagship of PA Energy
Project’s lifetime: March 2016 – February 2019
Budget: € 3 948 961
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020