Cross-border Criteria for the Project

The project partners have conducted a number of meetings to discuss the joint project needs and the project design. The lead beneficiary was given the task to draft the first applicaton outline, and the other partners have given their feedback to the different drafts continously. Thereby, the project is firmly rooted among the project partners. 

Different partners have lead responsibility for carrying out the different components as well as different activities under each component.  However, each activity will have several partners working together to ensure joint implementation. 

The project will appoint a joint project manager, information officer as well as financial manager employed by the LB to ensure that LB can fulfil its obligations on behalf of the project partners. All partners have staff involved in the project including a Steering Committee member, a project group member, a staff member responsible for finance as well as other staff responsible for work in the respective components 3-5. This has been accounted for in the budget.  

The seven partners entering as full partners will each provide own financing of either 15 or 25 % according to the regulations of the South Baltic Programme.


Added Value of the Cross-Border Approach

A well functioning labour market around the southern Baltic Sea needs active participation from relevant organisations and authorities from the 5 participating countries. Through working together in the different activities in the project, a mutual understanding will arise of the mobility challenges. The partners will be disseminating their cross-border methods and results to other partners within teaching and nursing, as well as to partners that in general are interested in cooperation in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. The proposed activities and cross border added values are embedded in deepened and broadened knowledge of the targeted educations, enhanced knowledge and experience of staff and students from participating institutions and associate organisations as well as knowledge of and experience with regional and inter-regional structures. The cross border nature of the project supports cross fertilization not only between various national educational traditions and structures but also supports the building of new traditions, which are greatly needed in the participating regions, where such tradition and structures are absent or very weak. The project will build up and change habits and traditions, and it should therefore be kept in mind that the project has short term perspectives which will be met in the project as well as long term perspectives which will be realised after the project  – both aiming at cross border added value. The  project tackles two professions, but the methods and results can be a model and thus used as inspiration for education and labour market projects in the region in the future.

Project Contribution to the Achievement of the Programme Objectives

In the long run, the project will contribute to the objective of the priority, as the increasing cooperation and understanding between the higher education institutions in the project will lead to promoting labour market mobility between the countries in the south Baltic area.


The project is very much in line with the overall objective of measure 1.2, as the project actively works on strengthening connections between higher education institutions and labour market institutions of the 5 involved countries in the project. Furthermore, the project clearly addresses indicative actions, exemplary activities, outputs and results listed in the programme manual under measure 1.2, as the project focusses on new forms of education (e-learning, virtual courses), educational and trainnig courses, installation of ICT facilities enabling new forms of education, educational/training curricula etc.


Compliance with the European Union Policies

The project is very much in line with the Lisbon strategy which is about  investing in people; by creating possibilities for a more attractive South Baltic Sea in which to work and by creating new job possibilites. The project will improve the professional competence of people around the Southern Baltic Sea, leading to a greater labour market mobility and thereby improve the possibilities of finding a job in another South Baltic country.

The project is a labour market and educational project and does not actively work with environmental aspects, but as shown under 3.2 in the application, the project has a neutral impact on the natural environment. 

Due to the EU wide financial crisis and economic stagnation, it is especially important to work with projects that potentially can lead to labour market mobility and more job possibilities. 

The project responds to the 5 national strategic reference frameworks/development strategies in Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, as all 5 focus on new labour market possibilities, labour market skills and life long learning.In Denmark, Region Zealand has a regional development strategy focusing on the importance of developing international relations and on the importance of lifelong learning. In Germany there are various  documents supporting the relevance of the project; In the Operational Programme for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from 2007 to 2013, objectives and initiatives are highlighted to increase the qualification standard of employees and the effectiveness of enterprises by means of further qualification in the transnational/interregional area in which the Baltic Sea cooperation is highlighted as well as development and realisation of reforms within education to improve professional skills of teaching staff regarding knowledge society. The development plan of the University of Rostock determines the international exchange and the network building as a central aim to heighten the attractiveness of the location, the students education and the competitiveness of the alumni. In Sweden, many of Sweden’s municipalities and regions do work with implementing the national strategy for the Baltic Sea, coordinated by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions: In Poland, another relevant strategy is the Strategy of Education Development 2007-2013 and in particular point 4.5 The main directions of the strategy in higher education. In Lithuania, the National Education Strategy and the Lithuanian national report supporting Lifelong Learning can be mentioned.

The project is connected with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and its action plan to priority area 12. To maintain attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region for its citizens and to reinforce attractiveness for tourists.

The activities and outputs connected with EUSBSR are:

As the geographical area of the south Baltic sea program naturally is a part of the Baltic sea geography, there is obviously a strong link between the strategy and the programme.

There is a link between one of the cooperative actions in the strategy, focusing on education – further increase exchanges within the Baltic Sea region for students at schools, colleges, vocational institutions and adult education organisations as well as one of the health cooperative actions focusing on assessing differences in the accessibility and quality of primary health care in the region, and this project.

This project is related to some of the flagship projects mentioned like “Implement the Baltic Sea Labour Network project, which is a project aiming at improving the management and harmonisation of the common labour market issues in the Baltic Sea Region based on joint transnational strategies as well as Identify and remove barriers hampering mobility of researchers and students in the Baltic Sea Region. As a rationale for this project certain potential barriers will be addressed and others will arise during the cooperation – some of these barriers will be addressed by the partners in the project while others have to be dealt with at a national level, which is in line with above named flagship projects.


Part-financed by the European Union

(European Regional Development Fund)