The 1st Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), jointly organised by the European Commission and the Government of Croatia, will take place in Dubrovnik, Croati on 12/13 May 2016. This event will take stock of the progress of the Strategy since its endorsement by the European Council in October 2014, and will contribute to define the way ahead.

For information on the programme click here and in order to register click here.

Seed funding is a project funding that Swedish actors can apply for within the framework of the Baltic Sea cooperation scheme. This type of funding is designed to create and develop new project partnerships that encourage economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and, by extension, deeper integration in the region.

The project activities must be clearly linked to a Baltic Sea Regional context. The projects are required to tackle a common challenge identified in one or other of the following: the EU’s Eastern Partnership, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Region, and/or the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). The application period for 2016 ends on 14 April 2016.

Please note that only partners from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and in some cases in Moldova and Georgia can be funded. Partners from Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway and Iceland are welcome to participate in the projects without funding.

More information if you click here.

Any organisation can apply for staging seminars at the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm 8-9 November 2016. There will be three categories of seminars. All applications need to be sent in by 17 May. The instruction for applying is described in a guidance document.
All relevant information regarding the Strategy Forum will be uploaded on the dedicated page for the forum.
 

 

This year, 3 calls for proposals will be launched under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to foster blue growth across Europe. Focus areas are: Education, Research and Innovation.
 
With a budget of over 7,5M€, the 3 calls 'Blue careers', 'Blue labs' and 'Blue technology' will help enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, stimulating the creativity of young researchers and setting up partnerships to bring research results to the market in promising blue growth technology areas. The calls will be open to all sea basins surrounding the EU coasts and will target a wide range of stakeholders of the blue economy.
 
The launch event will be opened by Karmenu Vella (tbc), Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The launch of these three calls represents a concrete step to implement the "Communication from the Commission: Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth".
 
            There is more information about the event if you click here

The event in Upplands Väsby outside Stockholm on 20 April 2016 will offer possibilities for seeing live projects, networking and posting project ideas for potential partners in the programme region. For you, the key stakeholders of the EUSBSR, this is a great chance to see very concrete cooperation examples and how the strategy is put into life.

The priorities of the programme reflect most policy areas and horizontal actions of the EUSBSR. The priorities are listed below. In the attachment you can find the Specific Objectives as well as their result indicators.

Priorities of the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020:

·         Competitive economy

·         Sustainable use of common resources

·         Well-connected region

·         Skilled and socially inclusive region

       The table describing the money available and the priorities/specific objectives is attached.

       The programme and more information is avalable if you click here

More detailed information on ongoing flagships is now available.The list is based on information provided by the coordinators of policy areas/horizontal actions. It allows to learn more about different actors' (e.g. academia, private sector, social and economic partners), as well as countries involvement in the EUSBSR.

Attachments:
Download this file (Flagship partners_2016.xlsx)Flagship partners_2016.xlsx[ ]144 kB

The guidelines for forming a steering committee for Policy Areas and Horizontal Actions have been updated and published on the EUSBSR web. In the action plan, it is stated that every area and action should be chaired by the coordinator and that the steering group should be composed of all Members States and other relevant Baltic Sea region states. More information is found in the attachment under EUSBSR governance.

 

This communication tool-kit draws on the knowledge from the ‘Baltic Leadership Programme (BLP) Communication’ modules. The content provide concrete guidance, tips and practical examples on how the strategy can be communicated – both internally and externally.

The tool-kit is designed for any Policy Area Coordinators (PAC) and Horizontal Action Coordinators (HAC) involved in implementing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Attachments:
Download this file (BLP Communications Toolkit 18Dec15.pdf)BLP Communications Toolkit 18Dec15.pdf[Communication Toolkit]1530 kB

Lithuania has made a plan how to embed EUSBSR into the ESIF programmes. The Lithuanian case is described in the attachment below.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region has opened the call for applications for targeted support and communication measures for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The call is open from 14 December 2015 to 29 February 2016.

The projects funded under this call support the implementation of the EUSBSR by:

  • Ensuring its visibility as well as contributing to the implementation of the EUSBSR Communication Strategy (available at balticsea-region-strategy.eu),
  • Providing capacity building for the key implementing stakeholders of the EUSBSR (National Coordinators, Policy Area Coordinators, Horizontal Action Coordinators and other relevant financial institutions),
  • Providing support to evaluation of the EUSBSR.

More information is available on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme web.