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5-nation cooperation on developing regional products

  • In Poland, the City of Malbork works with German, French, Lithuanian and Swedish partners to promote entrepreneurship, local culture, cuisine and tourist products.

    Supported through the Polish cross-border and inter-regional fund of the EEA and Norway Grants, the Malbork project aims to develop the city’s economy and tourism by drawing on skills and experiences from other regions.

    Within the project, the City of Malbork is working in partnership with the regions of Lower Saxony and North Rhine Westphalia in Germany, Picardy Region in France , Vilnius County in Lithuania and Blekinge region in Sweden.

    The tastes of Europe
    Representatives of the partner regions have travelled to Malbork to provide input and lectures on how to search for and decide on regional products to develop. Additionally, an international workshop between the participating regions was held to exchange experiences of economic as well as touristic developments among a broader range of European regions.

    At the workshop, focused on regional marketing and touristic products, participants from several countries introduced each other to products characteristic for their regions. This involved presenting the way different products and tourist attractions were developed and sharing information on how the local communities were engaged in the developments.

    In order to strengthen the inter-regional cooperation, an equally important element of the project has been the mutual promotion of the cities in the partner regions on the Internet and in regional media and informal and promotional materials.

    Photo credit: the City of Malbork

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    Project title:

    Cross-border and Inter-regional Small Grant Fund

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Regional policy and cross-border activities



    Type & project assistance:

    Programme (group of projects)

    Project duration:

    31 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,049,479

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    27 November 2008

    The purpose of the Fund is the support of cross-border multilateral and bilateral partnership projects in the Euroregion Baltic , with the overall objective of strengthening cross-border and inter-regional co-operation in socio-economic development of Warmia-Mazury and Pomorskie regions. Reference is made to the application, dated 8 August 2007 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Programme shall include the following activities and results:

    - Re-granting towards selected sub-projects to promote cross-border cooperation. Cross border activities will focus on cooperations of Warmia-Mazury and Pomorskie regions with EEA and EFTA countries, Baltic Sea area countries and countries neighbouring Poland in the East (Ukraine, Belarus, Kaliningrad District of Russian Federation).

    - Fund management including publicity.

    The Intermediary is the Association of the Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Intermediary will provide at least 1.82 percent of the estimated eligible costs of the Fund.

    The grant rate requirements under the Financial Mechanisms shall be applied on sub-project level.