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.
A new tool for searching funding for projects in the Baltic Sea Region has been developed by INTERACT and Swedish Institute. Baltic Funding Portal is an inventory of more than 300 funding instruments making cooperation possible in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Baltic Funding inventory includes more than 300 funding instruments. They cover public and private funding sources from all Baltic Sea countries (Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia), including the non-EU countries such as Norway and Russia. In addition, EU-wide funding programmes are included.
The added value of Baltic Funding Portal is that it presents many funding instruments for the first time in English language. More detailed information is available in the original language and on the original web-sites of the instruments.
The 5th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was organised in Bratislava on 3-4 November. During the Forum the Ministers responsible for Research and Innovation of the participating countries of the Strategy met and agreed on a joint statement.
In the statement the Ministers express their commitment to continue providing political support to the Research and Innovation activities carried out at national and regional level. They also emphasize the importance of the alignment of funding to the activities from all relevant sources.
Read the whole statement on EUSDR website.
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) as EUSBSR Policy Area Health coordinator organized a seminar as part of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum programme on population health vis-a-vis economic prosperity in the Baltic Sea Region.
The title for the seminar was: "Wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?" The main question discussed was whether the positive trend of populations in the Baltic Sea Region becoming healthier and wealthier can continue - or whether the new challenges that the societies face will have an impact on the trend. The topic was discussed with three renowned experts.
Read the presentations and conclusions of the seminar on NDPHS' website.
The keynote speeches by EU Commissioner Corina Cretu, Prime Ministers Stefan Löfven and Juha Sipilä in the opening session of the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region can be read online.
Speech by Corina Cretu on the website of European Commission.
Speech by Stefan Löfven on the website of Government Offices of Sweden.
Speech by Juha Sipilä on the website of Finnish Government.
Prime ministers Juha Sipilä and Stefan Löfven and EU Commissioner Corina Cretu getting to know the activities in the Strategy Forum's Creative Lounge. Picture: Ninni Andersson / Regerinskansliet
The 7th Strategy Forum for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is under way during 8-9 November in Stockholm, Sweden.
Corina Creţu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland who holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and representatives from the eight countries participating in EUSBSR will discuss during the two days how best to drive the region forward.
"For seven years now, the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, the first macro-regional strategy ever, has enabled cooperation on challenges which cannot be addressed at national level: clean and safe shipping, climate change adaptation and improved transport networks, to name a few, but more needs to be done. In particular, renewed and constant political commitment, efficient pooling of resources and communication efforts to show the value added of the Strategy."
Corina Cretu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy
"The Strategy Forum in Stockholm will focus on the future with a vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region. I believe that our region can provide an encouraging example to others of how to co-operate around the UN Agenda 2030. By cooperating we make sure that our region stays competitive, environmentally friendly and creates jobs for the future.”
Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden
“The Nordic Council of Ministers supports a transition away from the fossil fuel dependency of our societies and towards a sustainable bio-based economy in the Baltic Sea Region. In my vision of the Baltic Sea Region in 2030, the region will be a world leader in the circular economy and the bioeconomy, and this will have led to a much cleaner Baltic Sea and helped in mitigating climate change.”
Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland
The debates of the Strategy Forum focus on future challenges and opportunities for the Baltic Sea Region and a vision for 2030. In more than 40 sessions and seminars over 1200 participants discuss how the Strategy can contribute to development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region, and Increase Prosperity.
Read the whole piece of news on European Commissions website.