Joint Monitoring Committee and the Programming Committee closed their work for 2021

Both meetings were held this week, side-by-side with the 3rd Annual Event of the Programme, and such a combination marks an important milestone summing up the past year.

The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme had its thirteenth meeting on 9 December 2021, online. The Committee received information and discussed the progress of the Programme, the state of play in projects’ implementation, results of the first finalized projects, communication and visibility actions and the first draft of the MA’s Annual Report (reporting period 7/2020-6/2021). The JMC approved updates to the Programme Manual to reflect the changes made to the Joint Operational Programme at the end of 2020. The updated Manual will be published on the Programme’s website in January 2022, at the latest. In addition, the meeting had an overview of the programming period 2021-2027 preparations. The next JMC meeting is foreseen in June 2022.

On 10 December 2021, the seventh meeting of the Programming Committee (PC) of the South-East Finland – Russia 2021-2027 Programme was informed about the state of play in regulative and legal processes, financial allocations to the 2021-2027 Programme and preparation of the Financing Agreement. Indicative financial envelope will top-up the 2014-2020 Programme, which is very positive indicator to increase and widen the level of Cross-Border Cooperation in the Programme area. The PC discussed the future Programme’s name and took a note of the Interreg branding work. The updated draft of the Programme documents and complemented LIP (Large Infrastructure Projects) proposals were among the topical issues at the meeting. Overall, the preparation process is advancing well, and the next important steps during January-March 2022 will be finalization of the Programme documents and their submission for the national approvals in Finland and in Russia.

The material supporting the process of the future Programme preparations are available at Programming material.