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.
A stakeholder survey for the Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region has been launched by the European Commission.
Taking part in the survey allows you to contribute to shaping the framework for the implementation strategy for the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda and to identify the necessary steps and priority actions, commitments and investment needed.
Inputs from public and private stakeholders and potential workshop participants are welcomed by 2 December 2016.
Fill in the survey here.
More information about the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda and the survey on European Commission's website.
The new updated beginner's guide to the EU Startegy for the Baltic Sea Region has been published by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
The brochure includes basic information about the EUSBSR and its implementation. In addition it introduces people working within the Strategy framework and also model examples of projects implementing the EUSBSR objectives.
Download and read the brochure on the Strategy Forum's website or below.
Interact has released a new publication: Macro-regional strategies in changing times - EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSALP and EUSAIR headed towards the future together.
The publication brings together for the first time all four EU macro-regional strategies and the issues relevant for all of them. It aims at bringing the Strategies out of their own geographical contexts to stakeholders in a larger area. Peer-to-peer activities between the Strategies and their stakeholders are enforced with the publication.
The publication includes points of view of several experts and also a nice quiz on macro-regional strategies.
Read the publication on Interact's website.
A new foresight report published by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) lays the ground for discussions in the seventh EUSBSR Strategy Forum taking place in Stockholm 8-9 November.
The report gives an input to the discussions about what the future might bring – and the added value that could be achieved through Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region provides with a framework and important objectives, but constant development is needed to achieve the objectives in a rapidly changing context.
The authors of the report and other commentators are discussing the report in a parallel seminar "Looking towards 2030 - from foresight to vision" on Tuesday 8 November at 15:00-16:20. The report will however contribute to many discussions during the Forum.
Read the summary and the whole report on Strategy Forum website.
Successful 9th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum (BSTF) was closed on 20th October with the adoption of the participants Forum Declaration and greetings of the 2017 BSTF host region Turku, Finland.
On 19-20 October 2016 around 160 tourism stakeholders gathered in Pärnu, Estonia to discuss the many aspects of seasonality and sustainability and to meet with their peers. The Forum was organized by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism, Tartu University | Pärnu College and the City of Pärnu. Keynotes, panel discussions and interactive workshops were used to meet the needs of the various stakeholders groups, including private businesses interested in transnational cooperation and exchange.
Moreover, the Forum attracted back-to-back meetings of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference Working Group on “Sustainable Tourism” and the Steering Group of Policy Area Tourism. In addition, the Forum organizers seized the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Council of the Baltic Sea States to discuss further options of Baltic Sea cooperation.
During the discussions it was suggested to not define sustainable tourism as a distinct field of tourism, but to rather think of all tourism in a more sustainable manner. In addition, the participants were advised to seize the UNWTO’s 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as an opportunity to jointly further sustainable tourism development in the Baltic Sea region, also against the background of the Baltic 2030 process, a process of renewed commitment to sustainable development initiated by the member states of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in June 2016. Reinvigorating the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism in the Baltic Sea region would be a first step to take.
Find the Forum Declaration below.
For more information and Forum material, see the event website.
The Newsletter for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been revived!
Subscribe to the Newsletter on the front page of the EUSBSR website.
The newsletter of October 2016 launches the new project "Let's communicate!" as the communication point of the EUSBSR. The project continues the work done previously by Interact Office Turku. Read more about the project objectives and partnership in the new blog section, Highlights, on our website.
In the newsletter also information about the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in November and Macroregional Matchmaking sessions organized during the Forum.
Read the newsletter here.
EUSBSR Policy Area Innovation has launched a strategy guide, 2016–2020, which aims to put the EUSBSR Action Plan into practice within the policy area of innovation.
As defined by the Action Plan of the EUSBSR, Policy Area Innovation is essentially about intelligently combining the regional strengths, competences, research and development (R&D) and players of the entire Baltic Sea Region. The aim of this strategy guide is to provide policymakers and innovation actors with guidance and inspiration for how to best utilize the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region so as to effectively achieve EU and joint national goals.
You can download and get more information about the strategy guide here.