The Programme area lies to the east of the Baltic Sea and covers the whole Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation as well as western and southern parts of Lithuania. The programme regions, due to the unique geographical position, have always been at the crossroads of European history and are rich on both cultural landscape and cultural heritage – castles, churches, fortifications etc. High disparities of employment levels as well as risks of poverty and social exclusion are observed in the programme area.

The programme territory covers many common natural assets such as the Baltic Sea, Curonian Lagoon and Curonian Spit, Neman river basin and other resources. The planning and management of these requires concerted institutional efforts from both countries. Proximity to European countries, presence of ice-free ports and a developed network of transport infrastructure provides the programme territory with unique opportunities and potential for freight and passenger traffic.

In order to address the specificities of the programme region, projects will be funded under three themes:

  1. Promotion of local culture and preservation of historical and natural heritage
  2. Promotion of social inclusion and fight against poverty
  3. Support to local and regional good governance

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