The Coucil of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Project Support Facility (PSF) is an instrument to finance preparation and implementation of Baltic Sea Region cooperation projects contributing to CBSS long-term priorities, bringing added value for the Baltic Sea Region, showing impact in regional cooperation and fostering sustainable partnerships.
PSF IN BRIEF:
- The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome.
- The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 65 000 euros.
- The project proposals may be initiated by a variety of legal entities of CBSS Member States, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
The call for applications is once per year and each time oriented towards one of the CBSS priority areas. The priority area for the year 2017 is “Sustainable development for a prosperous Baltic Sea Region”. The call is open from 15 February to 15 April 2017.
More information about the PSF call on CBSS website.
The PSF instrument's funding can support the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Slovenia will host the first media and macroregional communication conference at the Slovenian coast on 4-6 April 2017.
The conference titled KNOW THY NEIGHBOUR will adress the media and communication aspect of all the four EU macroregional strategies (EUSAIR, EUSALP, EUSDR, EUSBR). It will bring together media representatives, EU macroregional governance structures, stakeholders and public to exchange views, discuss and share experiences.
Registration opens in March.
More information on the website of EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.
The second step of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme's second call closed on 19 January with 71 full-fledged applications.
71 lead applicants of 75 concept notes that were selected for the second step submitted a full application. These applications include more than 900 partners and cover all objectives of the Programme priorities 1-3.
The applications will be assessed in the upcoming three months. On 23-24 May 2017, the Monitoring Committee will select applications for funding.
More about the statistics and details of the call on the Programme's website.
INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme supports the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. More about the Programme's role in relation to the EUSBSR framework here.
In December 2016, the Lithuanian Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) launched a survey in order to map Baltic Sea Region-wide academic and researchers' mobility trends. It is one of the most visible actions of the Baltic Science Network's dynamic work. If Baltic Science Network´s national workshops provided a qualitative dimension to the drafting of transnational academic and research mobility tools, then survey led by MOSTA will ensure a quantifiable basis for the Baltic Science Network's drafted policy recommendations.
Last months of 2016 were marked by intense public consultations of Baltic Science Network (BSN) members with the academic and research community, as well as business sector representatives interested in advancing their research and development potential. These discussions were taking place in order to map the existing challenges and obstacles which the Network should address in order to unleash the full potential of macro-region´s academic and research excellence.
The conclusions and recommendations from the national workshops will be further discussed in the upcoming transnational workshops. Namely, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DASHE) will host a BSN workshop on transnational cooperation in science and research in the Baltic Sea Region on 18 January 2017 in Copenhagen. BSN will be discussed also during the CBSS conference Baltic Sea Science Day on 8 February 2017 in St Petersburg. On 10 February 2017, MOSTA will host a BSN workshop on researcher mobility in the Baltic Sea Region in Vilnius.
Although Baltic Sea Region is already a competitive area which hosts some of the world´s biggest research infrastructure projects (such as the European XFEL which is the world's largest X-ray laser), there is still room for improvement left in order to make the most out of the impressive pool of brainpower hosted by the macro-region´s research and academic institutions. BSN´s core belief is that facilitated circulation of academics and researchers across the Baltic Sea Region would help to ensure higher competitiveness of research institutions based in the macro-region, as well as ensure more efficient management of the academic and research talent pool.
In order to improve the overall academic and research performance of the Baltic Sea Region and close the remaining gap in research performance, BSN is complementing the qualitative consultation process with a quantitative component, namely, survey tailored for academics, researchers as well as transnational mobility experts which is led by MOSTA.
The commitment of BSN members to deliver a considerable pool of responses is marked, for example, by the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics´ (UNECON) organised dissemination of the survey to 100 research institutes and universities based in the North Western Region of the Russian Federation. Another example how BSN strives to invite as many researchers, academics as possible is the extension of the survey not solely to national networks of the Council of the Baltic Sea States´ (CBSS) Member States but also dissemination of the survey in close cooperation with domain specific networks, such as EU PolarNet and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
Cooperation with EU PolarNet also serves as a telling example regarding the relevance of BSN´s work which in pure geographic terms holds a potential to impact research dynamics beyond the mere Baltic Sea Region borders. This idea was first introduced in the context of the CBSS Secretariat´s hosted meeting of the Four Regional Councils of the North (as outlined in the Northern Notes #46). The results of MOSTA´s led BSN survey will serve as a valuable source of information in which directions BSN could be able to advance its transnational excellence proposals, thus where it holds a potential to create European and international-level wide disruptions of academic and research performance trends.
The EUSBSR community is welcomed and encouraged to support BSN aspirations in tearing down the remaining obstacles restraining the academic and research performance in the Baltic Sea Region by actively promoting the survey and engaging in it both target audiences. By such specific actions we are jointly contributing to two of the macro-regional goals “increase prosperity” and “connect the region”. In other words, through joint qualitative discussion and quantitative mapping focused on identifying the existing hindrances of academic and research mobility, BSN and its stakeholder community is helping to build policy tools to ensure reinforced cooperation between the research and academic centres in the region, where mutual learning and transfer of best practices would contribute to raising the competitiveness of each of the engaged institutions.
The survey offers a separate template for research and academic mobility experts from managing authorities (accessible here), as well as a separate template for academic and research community representatives (accessible here).
Zane Šime, Communication & Researcher Coordinator for the Baltic Science Network,
Council of the Baltic Sea States´ Secretariat
+46 8 440 19 25
We have the technology, we have the knowledge. What we need now is an innovative, visionary and multidisciplinary leadership! These topics will be discussed in the Baltic Sea Future Congress in Stockholm on 6-7 March 2017.
Baltic Sea Future will address the challenges in the Baltic Sea region, focusing on the key role of municipalities. The Baltic Sea is loved, needed and polluted, and municipalities are the hubs who can coordinate interests, engage local citizens, turn scientific results into action, and handle the challenges to create a sustainable future for the Baltic Sea.
Inauguration and welcome speech by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria, UN appointed Sustainable Development Goals Advocate.
Selections of speakers:
• Johan Rockström, Professor, Stockholm University and Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.
• Per Espen Stoknes, PhD, BI Center for Climate strategy, Director of Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School.
• Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, HELCOM.
More information on the congress website.
The third call of Central Baltic Programme for project applications is now open!
The call is open in all four priorities and all specific objectives. Applications need to be submitted by 27 February.
More information about the Programme and the call on Central Baltic Programme's website.
On 16 December the European Commission has published the first ever single report on the implementation of all four Macro-regional Strategies.
The report provides an assessment of the state of implementation of the current strategies and takes stock of the main results achieved to date. It draws lessons from the experience gained so far and presents a number of recommendations on possible developments of the strategies and their action plans, also in the light of the future cohesion policy.
Clear added value by the Macro-regional Strategies
Overall the implementation of the four EU macro-regional strategies, covering 19 EU Member States and 8 non-EU countries, has generated stronger interest in and awareness of the European territorial cooperation and territorial cohesion and its added value. They have led to increased coordination and strengthened cooperation in certain areas (e.g. navigability, energy, climate change) and between countries concerned, as well as intensified cooperation with non-EU countries, bringing them closer to the EU. Strategies have also contributed to shaping policy, implementation of existing legislation and a deeper dialogue between different actors.
Challenges to overcome
However, the strategies have not shown yet their full potential and certain challenges still need to be overcome. Greater ownership and responsibility need to be retained by Member States who initiated the strategies; effectiveness of governance systems needs to be improved; relevant existing funding sources (EU, regional, national) need to be better coordinated. The report also underlines the importance of administrative resources and capacity to deliver the set objectives.
The report is accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Document which provides more detailed information concerning the state of implementation of each macro-regional strategy, as well as specific recommendations.
Read more on the backgroung and the report on the Commission website!
The EUSBSR YouTube channel includes now over 30 short interviews with the Strategy Forum participants and 13 videos from the main seminars of the Forum.
For instance, the key note speeches by Prime Ministers Löfven and Sipilä and by the Commissioner Corina Cretu are all filmed.
Some videos from the Baltic Development Forum Summit are also included.
The videos are provided by the Swedish Institute.
Go to EUSBSR YouTube channel.
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ("EASME") has launched a call for proposals with a view to concluding grant agreements to develop and promote transnational touristic thematic routes and transnational thematic tourism products in the fields of nautical tourism and water sports tourism.
The deadline for the proposals is 15 March 2017.
The action supports the implementation of sea basin strategies and regional approaches, notably in the Atlantic (Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic Area), the Baltic Sea (EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region), the Adriatic-Ionian Seas (EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region), the Black Sea Synergy and the Mediterranean (BLUEMED).
More information on EASME's website.
The Swedish Institute (SI) invites Swedish organisations to submit applications for seed funding under the framework for collaboration in the Baltic Sea region.
The 2016/2017 call for applications is now open and closes 1 February 2017. Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding.
Seed funding is intended to be used to start new collaborations or expand existing ones in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and in some cases in Moldova and Georgia. Please note that the main applicant must be a Swedish organisation.
More information on Swedish Institute's website.
More than 100 photos from the EUSBSR Strategy Forum held in Stockholm 8-9 November 2016 have been uploaded on the EUSBSR Flickr account.
The photos on Flickr can be used by others in a non-commercial EUSBSR context as long as the photographer is accredited. Photographer's name is mentioned under each photo.
All available documentation from speeches and presentations to videos and photos from the Strategy Forum have been collected to the event website. More video material will be published later on. There is also a possibility to buy photos that are not yet available for public reposting from the photographer Melker Dahlstrand.
INTERACT has published a video about EU Macro-regional Strategies and Transnational Cooperation Programmes illustrating the main differences between them. At the same time, it highlights that they are both working on common issues for the territory and supporting cooperation.
See the video on INTERACT's YouTube channel.