The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference is arranged in Dublin, Ireland on 27 September 2016. The theme for this year is Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Atlantic Area. You will have the possibility to meet with potential partners in order to promote your projects, exchange good practices and experiences and discover new funding opportunities in the EU Atlantic Area.

Direct link to more information about the conference.

You can now register to the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR, One Region, One Future - Vision 2030 for the Baltic Sea Region, and the 18th Baltic Development Forum Summit on 8 and 9 November in Stockholm, Sweden.

More than 50 sessions and seminars will gather key persons and drivers of change from business, politics and civil society to contribute to a vision for 2030. From the economic state of the Region to the environmental state of the Baltic Sea, from digital markets to youth social entrepreneurship. You will find more information about the agenda if you click here.

The Baltic Development Forum Summit starts in the morning of 8 November along with early arrivals seminars of the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR. The Strategy Forum is officially kicked-off with lunch at 12.00 and the opening inspirational session at 13.15.



Out of 35 projects approved by Interreg Baltic Sea Region in November 2015, 25 have now been designated as flagships for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). In total, EUR 66.6 million out of the Programme’s ERDF funding are allocated to these projects.


New flagships were approved by the Group of National Coordinators of the EUSBSR at the end of June. Eight of these are funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Programme. These eight new flagships include in particular transport projects and add to the 17  earlier designated flagships funded by the Programme. The Programme currently funds 25 flagship projects all together.

These designated projects cover twelve out of 17 policy areas and horizontal actions of the EUSBSR.

An updated programme has been released for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR. Detailed information about the event can be now found. Check the programme here. Concerning the proposals for seminars/workshops, applicants will be notified shortly. Information will be updated in the dedicated webpage.

One of the main sessions now announced in the programme addresses the potential of cooperation on digitalisation for the benefit of the whole EU. The Baltic Sea region countries are at the forefront of digitalisation in Europe. We have interviewed the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group who recently presented a report on the state of digital development. You find this interview at the Strategy Forum website.

Lastly, registration will open on 22 August.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Programme offers funds to coordinators of the policy areas and horizontal actions defined in the Action Plan of the EUSBSR. These funds are meant to support the coordinator work, i.e. to bring forward policy discussions and to engage  policy makers, flagship leaders and others eager to contribute to their region’s development. This week, the Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region granted EUR 3.54 million for the coordination of all 17 policy areas and horizontal actions.

The Monitoring Committee also supports the partnership “Let’s communicate!” led by the Finnish Centrum Balticum Foundation with some EUR 0.5 million. “Let’s Communicate!” puts the Communication Strategy of the EUSBSR into practice. Throughout the project, coordinators and flagship leaders are equipped with communication tools and encouraged to engage in communication actions. The project applies storytelling techniques to show positive change in the region. One aim is to reach out to those target groups that are not familiar with the EUSBSR.

More detaiuled information about the decssions taken are available on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region web.

Sweden and Finland have published their calls for transnational project proposals in the 2016 EUropean Social Fund co-ordinated call. Each covers four themes.

The Swedish ESF Council is launching this call in order to promote project cooperation and mutual learning among the member states of the European Union. The aim is to apply or develop methods in a transnational context together with at least one partner from another member state (preferably at least two), within the following themes:

  • Social Economy
  • Inclusion
  • Youth Employment (NEETS and mobility)
  • Migrants.

The deadline for the call in Sweden is 30 September 2016.

The four themes for this first call for transnational proposals funder by ESF in Finland are:

  • Employment
  • Youth employment
  • Learning and skills
  • Social inclusion

Specific priority will be given to projects addressing the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and projects demonstrating social innovation. The deadline for submission in Finland is 3 October 2016.

More information is available if you click here.

The organisers of the 7th Startegy Forum for EUSBSR in Stockholm, Sweden received more than 70 proposals by the deadline of 17 May 2016.

Some subjects raise the topics of (examples):

  • What happens if we do not work to improve the conditions of the Baltic Sea?
  • Can we envisage a "Vision Zero" for serious maritime accidents in the Baltic Sea?
  • How can culture and tourism interact?

The programming committee is now analysing the suggstions and will inform the groups that made their proposals by mid-June about which proposals are accepted and give deadlines for presentations in the official programme.

The outline for the programme is available on the Forum web.



Sweden has built a new website for the 7th Strategy Forum in Stockholm, Sweden 8-9 November 2016. The site has been opened today and there you will find all relevant information about the Forum. Registration for the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and BDF Summit will open the 22 August!

The new website is available if you click here.

The funding for this call from the Swedish Institute aims to promote economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and contribute to greater integration.

The idea for this call is to broaden and deepen relations and cooperation between the countries in the region, based on EU cooperation in general and on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in particular. The support focuses on the inclusion of non-EU countries in the region in current EU partnerships.

The EU Strategy and Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Region calls for the challenges in the region to be addressed through transboundary and cross sectoral cooperation. In addition, it is important to involve relevant decision-making levels from the intergovernmental down to the local level.

The application period is 15 April – 30 September 2016.  A decision is usually announced at the latest two months after the application has been submitted. More information if you click here.

The Interreg Baltic Sea region programme has allocated 46 millions for EUSBSR flagships. These designated projects cover ten (10) out of 17 policy areas and horizontal actions of the EUSBSR.

The implementation of the EUSBSR is financed by different national and EU funds. One of them is Interreg Baltic Sea Region which stimulates cooperation between regions in Europe using funds of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

More detailed information about the programme support to EUSBSR if you click here.