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.

Policy area’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 for land-based spatial planning

MARA – Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Areas aims to improve the accessibility and mobility in remote touristic areas of the Baltic Sea Region. By developing and testing innovative sustainable mobility solutions for remote areas and integrating them into spatial development plans, the project aims to increase the capacity of regional and local transport actors to address the multifaceted mobility needs.

Web: https://www.mara-mobility.eu/
Project’s lifetime: January 2019 – June 2021
Budget: € 2 366 652
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

Capacity4MSP is a project platform that aims to strengthen the capacity of maritime spatial planning stakeholders, policy- and decision-makers through intensified dialogue activities and amplifying gained knowledge in maritime spatial planning. Capacity4MSP builds on the results of the current and recently completed MSP projects and ongoing MSP processes in the Baltic Sea Region.

Web: www.capacity4msp.eu
Project’s lifetime: 1 August 2019 – 30 September 2021
Budget: € 1.089.272,50 European Regional Development Fund: € 909,950.00 The European Neighbourhood Instrument and Russia budget: €179,322.50 Own contribution: € 192,695.88
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme

Completed Flagships:

Full list of Completed Flagships is available here.


Pan Baltic Scope aimed to achieve coherent national maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region and to built lasting macro-region mechanisms for cross-border MSP cooperation. To achieve these aims, the project used 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 aimed 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 – April 2019
Budget: € 3 409 458
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

BEA-APP – Baltic Energy Areas – A Planning Perspective
aimed 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.
Web: www.balticenergyareas.eu  
Project’s lifetime:
March 2016 – March 2019
Budget: € 2 700 000
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020


Baltic SCOPE – Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Baltic Sea MSP developed common solutions of the cross-border MSP leading to alignment of national plans, by executing a unique exercise to challenge countries involved, learned from the gained experience and transfered the knowledge beyond the project and region, as well as facilitated 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) focused on how shipping traffic, wind farming, fishing and other uses function in these areas and how they could 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


BSR Access – Fostering an access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region project platform facilitates innovative and sustainable transport by creating linkages between traditional infrastructure nodes and smart transport solutions to further develop the TEN-T Core Network Corridors, and contribute to sustainable growth in the region.
Flagship of PA Transport
Project’s lifetime: October 2018 – September 2021
Budget: € 1 000 000
Financed from: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

SUMBA – Sustainable Urban Mobility and Commuting in Baltic Cities aims to help urban and transport planners assess, plan, and integrate alternative mobility options into transport plans and policies of cities and municipalities. The project seeks to reshape the urban transport system into an intermodal network that offers a combination of various transport modes.
Flagship of HA Climate
Project’s lifetime: October 2017 – September 2020
Budget: € 3 100 000
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
€ 2 621 798
Financed from:
Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

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

 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 presented plans for coordinated Baltic Sea offshore grid and significantly reduced 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