In Interreg Programmes new transnational projects have been granted with funding. Most of the projects strongly support the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). 

Read more: Projects supporting the EUSBSR approved in Interreg programmes

 

PolandOn 25th May 2017 in Warsaw, the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the 12th Meeting of Poland’s Working Team on EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region was held.

The meeting was attended by over 40 people related to the Strategy, representing resorts, governmental institutions, academic entities, international and non-governmental organisations and other institutions.

It was also attended by the Co-ordinators of EUSBSR Policy Areas Safe, Secure and Health, who presented their ambitions and plans, exemplary Flagship projects, opportunities for Polish institutions and the support they offer.

During the meeting, the most important issues related to the implementation of the Strategy were mentioned, among others, the Conclusions of the Council on the implementation of macroregional strategies, the adoption of the new Action Plan of the EUSBSR and the upcoming EUSBSR Forum in Berlin.

The meeting was organised by the EUSBSR National Co-ordinator Joanna Wojtkowska, as well as Kamila Wojsznis and Grzegorz Szopiński, all representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

 

Good news for all interested parties, who want to participate in the 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR and the 19th BDF Summit on 13 - 14 June 2017 in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin!

The registration time period has been extended by one week. Registration will be available until 2nd June 2017. You may register under the following link: https://eusbsrforum.de/ostsee/guest/

The Federal Foreign Office is looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin!

More information about the Annual Forum Programme on the event website.

On April 27, around eighty participants attended a seminar in Oslo about value creation in culture, cultural heritage and creative industries through Baltic Sea Region cooperation.

The seminar “Value creation focusing on culture, cultural heritage and creative industries” was held in Oslo as part of the "Let's Communicate!" project. The seminar was organized by Eastern Norway County Network and BSSSC in close cooperation with the Norwegian Arts Council and the Directorate for Cultural Heritage.

Read more: Increasing prosperity in the Baltic Sea region through culture?

Registration to the 8th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin on 13-14 June is now open!

The programme of the Annual Forum is also published. Registration will be open until 26 May or until the event is fully booked.

Photo by Melker DahlstrandPhoto by Melker Dahlstrand

See the programme of the Annual Forum here.

More information and registration to the Annual Forum here.

Participation Day, which is organized for the first time on 13th June 2017, takes place back-to-back with the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin.

The aim of the event is to attract local and regional levels to take part in EUSBSR cooperation and present concrete project proposals and concepts. The event particularly hopes to attract, in addition to local and regional levels, representatives from civil society, academia, media and business.

Read more: EUSBSR Participation Day invites local and regional actors to join Baltic Sea region cooperation

The Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been updated in March 2017.

Apart from a number of technical updates and corrections, main changes on substance concern a revised Policy Area Transport chapter and the inclusion of a new action on the integration of refugees in Policy Area Education.

In the governance chapter there is also a new section on the procedure to follow in the case of change of thematic coordinators.

Read the revised Action Plan here.

Let´s Communicate!” –project organizes a seminar in Oslo on 27 April 2017. The focus lies especially in creating growth and jobs in the fields of culture, cultural heritage and creative industries.

The topic of the seminar is “Increased prosperity through culture”. This narrows down to two main objectives. First to look at the relationships between different types of organizations, networks and platforms and also the financial programs in the Baltic Sea region and the EUSBSR. The second main objective is to inform and discuss Norwegian actors possibilities for more active engagement and participation in the arenas and in concrete project activities in the Baltic Sea region.

Read more: Engaging Norwegian actors in the EUSBSR framework – seminar in Oslo on 27 April

A joint meeting of transport issues' Coordinators of the four EU Macro-regional Strategies was organised by INTERACT Programme in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 14-15 March.

The meeting was aiming at exchanging implementation know-how, practices and experiences in among the Coordinators. It provided an opportunity for an open and lively dialogue on the daily management and coordination governance questions. Issues such as governance structures, involvement on multi-level actors, alignment of funding and communications were discussed.

Read the report of the meeting on INTERACT wesbite.


Transport issues in the EUSBSR

Within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area (PA) Transport is responsible for the transport issues. PA Transport is coordinated by Sweden and Lithuania (see the contact information here) and currently there are four Flagships demonstarting the implementation of the EUSBSR in the field of transport issues:

  • EMMA enhancing inland navigation,
  • TENTacle focusing on transport corridors intersecting the Baltic Sea region,
  • NSB CoRe improving the accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region to freight and passenger transport, and
  • SCANDRIA®2ACT fostering clean, multimodal transport to increase connectivity and competitiveness of corridor regions.

 

A joint paper from nine regions covering different macro-regional strategies on how to improve embedding of the EU macro-regional strategies into the EU regulatory framework post 2020 was prepared under the initiative of Bavaria, current presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region.

In the position paper it is stated that a better embedding of Macro-regional Strategies (MRS) into EU policies post 2020 would improve the impact of MRS as a political framework. Operational programmes should thus be encouraged to better support Macro-regional projects.

Read the document below.