The 9th Annual Forum of European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will take place on 4–5 June in Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), which will host nearly 700 participants from Estonia and Europe. The main topic to be discussed is the Baltic Sea region after the year 2020.

 
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At the Forum the study "EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region after 2020" commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be introduced. The study analyses the activity of networks and projects of the EUSBSR and the effectiveness of fulfilling the goals of the Strategy.

Additionally, the Forum will discuss the contribution of the Strategy to improving the condition of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and will be looking for possibilities to develop the region as a global digital centre. 21 thematic seminars will be held at the Forum in the key areas of the strategy, for example the protection of the sea environment, safety, energy and transportation sector and digital development of the region.

"The EUSBSR Annual Forum will look for solutions to the three goals of the Strategy: how to improve the living environment of the Baltic Sea, unite the Baltic Sea region and increase its well-being. I can personally assure that the governments of the Baltic Sea countries are co-operating in order to promote a sustainable, inclusive and environment-preserving economy“ states Sven Mikser, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

Preceding the EUSBSR Annual Forum, co-organisers Baltic Development Forum will host their 20th Annual Summit – Time for a BSR 2.0? Join leading experts, politicians and researchers from 09:15 on 4th June to discuss the latest political and economic analysis of the Baltic Sea Region, and gain an insight into what’s next for the Region. View the programme here.

You can register for BDF Annual Summit by marking your attendance on the Annual Forum registration form.

Registration available at the event website.

 

The Annual Forum is organized by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Baltic Development Forum and other partners in co-operation with the European Commission. The Annual Forum is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund programme Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

 

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its work with innovation and smart specialisation are discussed in a seminar in Oslo, Norway on 25 April 2018.

The seminar aims at giving input to the regional reform process in Norway and highlighting smart specialisation and the experiences with S3-strategies in the Baltic Sea region. One purpose is also to inform Norwegian actors’ possibilities for more active engagement and participation on the arenas and in concrete project activities in the Baltic Sea Region.

The seminar is targeted to representatives from Norwegian regions working with regional planning and development, international cooperation and actors involved in innovation, digitalisation and smart specialisation from national and regional level in Norway. However, participants from the whole Baltic Sea Region are welcome to join.

Find more information about the programme and registration link available here.

 

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The seminar is organised in the framework of the "Let's communicate!" project. One of the tasks of the project is to promote the EUSBSR in Norway. 

Is your organisation participating in an EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? Would you like to cooperate with Russia or the EU Eastern Partnership countries? Organisations based in Sweden can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute.

The Swedish Institute has opened a call to offer Swedish actors support for the inclusion of actors from Russia or the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership in a current EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The funding aims at creating conditions for mutual and long-term cooperation between actors in Sweden and other EU countries in the Baltic Sea Region as well as Russia and the countries of the EU's Eastern Partnership. The goal is also that the programme countries will receive increased knowledge about and access to EU structures and networks. This will strengthen the opportunities for long-term international cooperation as well as give ongoing EU projects / flagships a broader approach and a new dimension.

 

Basic facts:

  • The call closes 17 April 2018.
  • The main applicant has to be based in Sweden.
  • The application must include at least two actors in two different countries eligible for support, one of which is Sweden (as main applicant).
  • The application must be linked to a current EU project where one of the parties involved is the Swedish applicant. Alternatively, the application may be linked to a flagship under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region where the Swedish applicant is involved.
  • A project may run for no longer than 2 years.
  • A project can apply for up to SEK 350.000 for a 1-year project and up to SEK 700.000 for a 2-year project.
  • The funding is available for actors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine.

 

More information in Swedish / in English

 

Contacts at the Swedish Institute:

Annika Claesson, +46 8 453 78 58, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Katrine Larsen, +46 8 453 79 62, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camilla Wristel, +46 8 453 79 67, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, organized a seminar on the issues of implementation and communication of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and its importance. This macro-regional strategy addresses the challenges of the prosperity, transport, ecology and security of the region.

 

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 The seminar "Baltic Sea Region Strategy in Lithuania: Own or Foreign" was organised on March 9 2018 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. In the seminar, it was emphasised that cooperation between different actors is necessary for succesful implementation of the EUSBSR. It is also important to spread information and share examples of good practices and succes stories. International cooperation was recognised as a mean to achieve more and better results for the region.

 

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During the seminar, there was active discussion on possibilites of different actors to contribute to the implementation and promotion of the EUSBSR. In addtion, some issues and difficulties were highlighted, for example, how to improve the involvement of municipalities in the implementation of the Strategy.

In conclusion, all participants generally agreed that it is necessary to publicize achieved results and raise awareness of the EUSBSR in Lithuania, both in public and private sectors.

 

Read more about the seminar in the press release attached.

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Ministers of the Environment and High-Level Representatives of the nine Baltic coastal countries and the European Union met on 6 March in Brussels to agree on new commitments for the Baltic marine environment.

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A ministerial declaration welcomes, among others, the joint HELCOM-UNESCO-EUSBSR status report on pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment as well as the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) regional cooperation platform to reduce pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea.

The many successful cooperation projects developed with partners in the region, including under the EUSBSR, as well as different projects within the cross-border cooperation programmes are welcomed.

The countries commit to continue the constructive cooperation with actors and to endeavour to ensure synergies between the priorities of the Baltic Sea Action Plan and, among other frameworks, the EUSBSR Action Plan.

The declaration is available at HELCOM website.

 

The National Coordinators (NC-group) met on 6 February at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia. This was the third NC-group meeting under the Estonian Chair. The NC-group welcomed the new Danish National Coordinator, Mr Morten Skovgaard Hansen.

Future of EUSBSR Communication Strategy

At last meeting, the NC-group suggested that the "Let´s Communicate!" project will lead the process of renewing the EUSBSR Communication Strategy. The NC-group considered that the document should be of more strategic and permanent nature. The “Let’s communicate!” project consortium is willing to function as the core “task force” responsible for the planning and for writing the Communication Strategy.

Preparations for EUSBSR 2018 & 2019 Annual Fora

The Estonian hosts briefed the NC-group about the state-of-play of the preparations for the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2018. The call for seminars had raised high interest with more than 50 received proposals. As this exceeds the capacity, organisers will select 21 seminar proposals. The registration for participants will start in mid-April. 

In the meeting, the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2019 was also discussed. It is planned on 12-13 June and will be organised by the Pomorskie region in Gdánsk, Poland. The envisaged main theme of the Annual Forum 2019 is  "Circular and sharing economy – answer to demographic challenges for the Baltic Sea Region".

Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) ceasing the role of PA Innovation coordinator

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) Secretariat informed in the beginning of February that it will not continue as the the coordinator for Policy Area Innovation after July 2018. The NCM has also taken a decision not to continue as manager of the flagship BSR Stars beyond the 31 July 2018. The changing situation and its impacts were discussed and the NC Chair will continue to inform and consult the NC-group about new developments.

New Flagship Approved

A new EUSBSR Flagship Project under the Horizontal Action Climate was approved: “Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth" (BioBIGG). Lead partner is Roskilde University in Denmark. The project is financed by Interreg South Baltic programme and it lasts until 2020.

 

Next NC-group meeting will be taking place during the second half of April. The last meeting during Estonian Chairmanship is planned for 6 June 2018 in Tallinn after the Annual Forum.

 

Read the whole NC-group meeting report here.

 

As regional identity is one of the priorities of CBSS, it is now calling for projects that focus either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth. Call is open from 15 February – 31 March 2018.

 

Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The focus is to improve and strengthen the particpation and influence of children and young people and strenghten their regional identity.

Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences are welcome.

To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

More information on the CBSS website.

 

The Bloomberg Innovation Index for 2018 has been released and four Baltic Sea region countries can be found among the 10 most innovative economies in the world.

 

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Sweden is ranked second followed by Germany at the fourth place. Finland and Denmark are found on the seventh and eighth place of the Index.

The rest of the Baltic Sea region countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland as well as Russia and Norway) can all be found among the 50 most innovative countries.

 

The index scores countries using seven criteria, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies.

Source: Silicon Republic & Bloomberg

 

Within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Innovation  aims at promoting global competitiveness and growth of the Baltic Sea region through support for entrepreneurship, business development, science and increased innovation capacity.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

A seminar focused on the clean and safe shipping in the Baltic Sea Region will be organised on 6 February 2018 in Oslo. The aim is to engage more Norwegian actors in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR.

 

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In the seminar the work within the EUSBSR in the field of clean and safe shipping is presented and the ways for Norwegian actors to get involved with the Strategy are outlined. Good examples and future opportunities of Norwegian actors in concrete projects are also presented.

The seminar is organised in English.

The programme and registration link are available at the event website.

 

The seminar is organised in the framework of the "Let's communicate!" project. One of the tasks of the project is to promote the EUSBSR in Norway. 

 

The organisers of the 9th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region to be held in Tallinn on 4–5 June 2018 invite all strategic stakeholders to participate and propose seminars for the event.

Seminars are an essential part of the Annual Forums of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). They serve to exchange views on themes pertinent for the EUSBSR as well as to develop and disseminate new ideas and initiatives.

Seminars should provide a clear link to the Strategy and to the general subject of the 9th Annual Forum: “After 2020”. We expect the seminars to relate to at least one of the three main themes of the Annual Forum: “EU Cohesion Policy and the EUSBSR After 2020”, “EUSBSR and the Digital World” and “EUSBSR and the Marine Environment”. Ideas about seminars that enhance the EUSBSR main objectives – “Save the Sea”, “Connect the Region” and “Increase Prosperity” – are also welcome. 

  • The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia together with the Baltic Development Forum in Denmark and other partners and is organized in close cooperation with the European Commission. The Annual Forum is co-financed from the programme of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

The 9th Annual Forum will have 21 slots for 90-minute seminars. The call for seminars will be open until 31 January 2018. Please find additional information and a form for your proposal here