The Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum (BALTFISH) is a regional body providing a platform for discussion on important fisheries issues in the Baltic Sea. BALTFISH is originally a Flagship of the Policy Area Bioeconomy of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. BALTFISH was initiated in 2009.

In December 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the eight member states of the Baltic Sea Region and the status of BALTFISH changed from a Flagship into a permanent fisheries forum. Now BALTFISH is embedded into the everyday cooperation work of the Ministries of the region. It thus represents a permanent change brought about by an EUSBSR Flagship.

Read the final report of the BALTFISH Flagship below.

More about the current work of BALTFISH on e.g. HELCOM website.

 

Attachments:
Download this file (2017 02 03 BALTFISH final report.pdf)BALTFISH Final Report[ ]396 kB

The 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be hosted by the Federal Foreign Office together with the Baltic Sea Commission and in close cooperation with the European Commission on 13 - 14 June 2017 in Berlin.

EUSBSR Annual Forum 2017

About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and business will discuss a broad range of issues relevant for the Baltic Sea Region.

The motto of the 8th Annual Forum is “connectivity”, highlighting the necessity to further intensify contacts throughout the whole Baltic Sea Region and to develop a better awareness of each other’s perspectives. 

All information concerning the 8th Annual Forum is available on the EUSBSR website. The registration will open later during spring.

For further information please contact the Forum organisers.

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.

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Read more: Survey to map academic and researchers' mobility trends in Baltic Sea region

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.

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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.