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.

Attachments:
Download this file (Macro-Regions_Alpine_Adriatic_Baltic_and_Ionian_Danube_A4P.pdf)Macro-Regions_Alpine_Adriatic_Baltic_and_Ionian_Danube_A4P.pdf[Map on Macro-Regions in Europe]953 kB

The federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany has produced a new brochure on the EUSBSR in German language. The flyer presents the objectives of the EUSBSR and giving some advice to possible project leaders and highlighting some funding opportunities. The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is also offering a website where more detailed information about the Macro regional strategy and the updated Action plan.

Attachments:
Download this file (MV Flyer Ostseestrategie_web.pdf)MV Flyer[ ]334 kB

The BONUS programme has launched the pre-announcement and details of the ‘Blue Baltic’ call of value 30 million EURO. The call will open on 9 November and be closed on 10 March 2016. If you like to know more click here.

 

The registration for the 4th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is now open. The event is jointly organised by the European Commission, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Ulm and will take place on 29th-30th October 2015 at the Trade Fair in Ulm (Germany).

The Annual Forum 2015 will focus on innovation, professional training, labour mobility and migration, competitiveness and entrepreneurship as well as the role of civil society. During four thematic sessions and more than 30 workshops and panel discussions, this year’s forum will explore the key factors for a sustainable and inclusive growth of the Danube region and thus invites participants to actively exchange their experience in strategic approaches and topical developments for this region.

You will find the agenda, practical information and can registrater on www.danube-forum-ulm.eu.

The follow up on Annual Forum in Jurmala online has been extensive. Senior Desk Officer Uldis Elksnitis working with Communication in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is summarising:

- There were about 800 tweets using the hashtag #EUSBSR during the days of the Forum and the hashtag was trending, so we reached a lot of people on Twitter as well.  On this note I would like to commend VASAB, who was among the most active Twitter users and did a spectacular job covering the networking village activities.

It is obvious many of the activities are done in Latvian language but there are also reports, comments and news published in other languages (English, Finnish, Russian, German, Swedish etc.).

In addition, says Elksnitis: - I know that there were two TV reports in Latvian TV stations, and one on the radio (also in Latvian). 

Here are a few examples/links of the reporting:

German blog Interreg.de

Top of digital Europe

Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

Baltic Compass

Biliteral cooperation discussed in connection to AF

Helcom summary