Baltic Business Arena will be arranged as part of the 14th Baltic Development Forum in Copenhagen on 18-19 June. In Baltic Business Arena companies are invited to participate in a matchmaking activity, with opportunities to book face-to-face meetings with other companies and business organizations.
"We arranged a Baltic Business Arena last year in Stockholm, with quite good results", says Carina Lahall at Enterprise Europe Network in Örebro, Sweden, who is organizing the event in close cooperation with a number of partners in other Baltic Sea Region countries.
Baltic Business Arena is focusing on the following business sectors: clean-tech, renewable energy, sustainable construction, life science, information and communication technologies (ICT).
Read more and register on: www.b2match.eu/balticbusiness2012
Interested companies are invited to contact the partners mentioned on the website in order to benefit for a grant which covers certain travels costs.

Some new graphic material has been recently developed and put at users' disposal under the section Materials, visual identity. The latest items comprise six maps, a letter template and the EUSBSR logo translated in ten different languages. All these outputs can be downloaded and used when it comes to carry out a EUSBSR-related activity. A visual identity manual is being currently created and will be available in June 2012.

The 8th ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference of the NDPHS (Northern Dimension Public Health and Social Well-Being) has adopted the position paper “Post-2013 European Programmes: Raising the Profile of Health and Social Well-being”. The paper calls for a visible exposure of social well-being and health in the cooperation programmes’ priorities. Read more information about this here

Visit the main information platform on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. On this website you can find out about the latest developments of the strategy, its 11 priority areas and main actions, as well as information about existing funding opportunities and much more. The website is coordinated by the European Commission – DG Regional Policy and INTERACT Point Vienna. Access the website at www.danube-region.eu

The EU-project AGORA 2.0 aims at developing features of a common identity profile. What comes into your mind when you think of the Baltic Sea Region? Now you can vote online for the common characteristics of the Baltic Sea Region at www.bsr-identity.net

There are numerous heritage sites in the Baltic Sea Region. What are the most popular ones? A contest gives you the unique chance to vote for your favourite Cultural & Natural Heritage features in the Baltic Sea Region. You can vote now at www.6-bsr-wonders.net

In the framework of the assessment of the communication needs of the Strategy, the consultancy firm DEA Baltika has prepared a questionnaire to be filled in by stakeholders. The results of this survey will provide some information on the gaps of the Strategy communication-wise. The European Commission has supported this initiative with an introduction letter. You can access and complete the survey here.

The Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) is a network of the social partners in the Baltic Sea Region. It serves as a platform for exchange of experience and communication between the key labour market actors in most countries in the Baltic Sea Region.

The Enlarged Steering Committee has agreed on two common focus areas for 2012-13 which are mobility of labour and youth unemployment. In late autumn 2012 the second Annual Round Table of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum will be organised in Hamburg.

BSLF is the only cooperation body where trade union, employer organisation parliament and governmental organisation representatives work together to create sustainable regional labour markets within in the BSR:
www.cbss.org/bslf

The Swedish ESF Council, will the coming years strengthen the transnational cooperation between projects funded by the ESF in the Member States. The intention is also to analyze the relation and linkage between the ESF and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

A network of the Managing Authorities for the ESF between the Member States concerned  – Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany -  has been consolidated and a number of joint activities will be carried out: conferences, partner search forums and learning seminars in Sweden as well as in the other Member States.

There is also a
new web available focusing on transnational issues in ESF.

The project BSN – ESF is coordinated by the Swedish ESF Council and funded by the Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Unit (a Swedish central government agency).