Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the European Commission is welcoming people and organisations to start planning for the next Strategy Forum that is arranged in Stockholm, Sweden on 8-9 November 2016.

As part of the preparations there is a web page opened for the forum. At the same time, Sweden is inviting anyone interested to start preparing for seminars and workshops during the Strategy Forum. There is a guidance paper on how to apply for this on the new web page.

The Alps are the most intensely used mountain region of the world. Therefore, the preservation and enjoyment of natural and cultural assets in the area should be at the heart of the Strategy as well as facilitating a sustainable internal and external accessibility. At the same time, the main challenge of the Strategy should be to tackle the economic, social and territorial imbalances existing in the Alpine Region as well as stimulating an innovative and sustainable model of development, which enables the promotion of growth and jobs.

This event brings together the EU Institutions, participating States and Regions and all key players in the governance and implementation of the EUSALP and offers all the main stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and ideas on the best working methods and efficient management of the Strategy.

The event, co-organized by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, will take place in Brdo (Slovenia) on the 25th and 26th of January 2016.

More information on Commission web and on the event web.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme calls for applications for funding from the Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The call was opened today and the last day to apply for funding is the 28 January 2016.

There is more information with relevant links available on the Interreg BSR web.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme provides 255.000 euro for the 7th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The Programme’s Monitoring Committee approved a proposal by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Forum will take place on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

More information on EUSBSR related funding issues if you click here.

The Polish chair for the EUSBSR is inviting to a seminar to show and discuss the achievements within the EUSBSR.

 How far have we gone and why do we want to go on?

10 December 2015, Warsaw, Poland

Venue: Ministry of Infrastructure and Development

Wspólna 2/4 Street

This one day seminar (8.30 – 18.00) is looking for best ways of cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region using the potential of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

We will look into and discuss:

-        the concrete examples of what we have already achieved with the EUSBSR and what our ambitions are for the future

-        the best ways of making our achievements work on the policy level

-        how to communicate and show benefits it provides for countries involved and ordinary people in the region  

-        how to enhance support to the EUSBSR by the European Structural and Investment Funds programmes, what are the bottlenecks and what solutions could be found to overcome those

The seminar is meant to bring together the current EUSBSR stakeholders (European Commission, EUSBSR National Coordinators, Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators, Flagship Leaders and cooperating partners, INTERACT, Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme, Focal Points) and potential new players interested to join in as well as European Structural and Investment Funds programme managers.

The final programme is attached to this announcement.

 

Attachments:
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The Rail Baltica project took an important step forward yesterday with the signing of a €734m European Union (EU) grant funding agreement. This aims at building a European standard-gauge network from Estonia through Latvia and Lithuania and with connections further to Warsaw and Berlin.

The deal was signed in Tallinn by representatives of the RB Rail trilateral joint venture, which is responsible for co-ordinating implementation of the project, together with the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG Move), the EU's Innovation and Networks Agency (Inea) and the transport ministries of the three countries.

More information is available if you click here.

Today, one year ahead, Sweden is inviting you to book the date for the 7th Annual Forum for the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region. The forum will take place in Stockholm, Sweden 8-9 November 2016.

More information will follow shortly.

 

This glossary is only about the wording used in different macro-regional strategies. The glossary is updated as of the situation at the end of October 2015. You can find the glossary in the attached file.

In a brand new report: All hands on deck, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling for all actors in the Baltic Sea Region to raise the bar on collective ambitions. The invitation goes to governments, civil society and the private sector.

The report begins by stating:

"We all know that the Baltic Sea is in trouble. We know that current actions to restore the sea to good environmental health are still not adequate to achieve this goal. At the same time, we also know that the Baltic Sea is seriously under-performing as an economic resource.
 
As a region, we risk missing out on hundreds of thousands of new jobs and billions in future revenue if we do not take decisive action now to protect and restore the sea’s ecosystems, and to use its resources and potential sustainably."
 
If you like to read and learn more you will find the full report here.

There is a new map showing which areas is covered by the existing Macro-Regions and Sea-Basin strategies in Europe. It has been produced by the European Commission. The map is attached to this news item.

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