This year at Almedalen, Gotland, Sweden, the Swedish Institute held a Baltic region-themed seminars covering topics ranging from security and defence cooperation; how best to cooperate with Russia; and strategies for fostering and harnessing innovation across the Baltics.

And while Almedalen is a wellknown political forum and has become more international in recent years, the theme of Baltic cooperation doesn’t get as much attention as Jacek Paszkowski, SI, would like amONGST the thousands of seminars on offer.

An alternative, he suggests, would be to launch another week – a Baltic Sea Week modelled on Almedalen, but held in English and designed expressly to discuss pressing issues from a Baltic perspective.

“Gotland, out here in the middle of the Baltic Sea, is a natural location to discuss these issues,” he says. “It’s time for a truly Baltic Almedalen.”

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The EUSBSR Action Plan strives for a more focused approach with a fewer amount of thematic areas among other things. A featured article addresses the new changes in details. In addition, success stories from Policy Area 'Education' and the impending EUSBSR communication strategy are also part of this issue.

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Culture.pl, the Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia, the Gdynia Film Festival, and the Gdynia Film School are organising a short-film competition about the Baltic Sea countries – their cultural identity, their history, their society, their transformation. More information

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland has launched an integrated Baltic Sea website telling not ony about activities regarding EUSBSR but also other related activities like to work done in CBSS, the Arctic Region and the Northern Dimension. If you like to have a look, click here.

INTERACT is opening a call for tenders on a survey: Alignment of funding for implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Please find the terms of reference for this survey attached below. The deadline for submission of the bids is on 21 August 2015 at 16:00 hrs local time in Finland, by which date and time an electronic version of the bid should be received at the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A signed hard copy of the bid is requested to be sent by post to: INTERACT Point Turku, P.O.Box 236, ELY Centre, 20101 Turku, Finland. The successful bidder will be contacted by end of August 2015.

Do you want to learn about the vocabulary used in the context of EU macro-regional strategies? From general terms, to the wording about the structure and the different actors involved, INTERACT has developed a two-page document with relevant terminology for the four existing EU macro-regional strategies. Additional issues like stakeholder meetings and platforms for knowledge exchange are also reflected in the document.

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An additional EUR 1 million of the European Parliament's funding have been allocated to the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility in order to support new preparatory projects. We welcome projects in all policy areas and horizontal actions of the EUSBSR Action Plan 2015. The submission deadline for applications is 30 October 2015. Beforehand, the Seed Money Facility offers face-to-face consultations and support to potential applicants and project idea owners during consultation days on 25-26 August 2015 in Riga (t.b.c.) and on 8 September 2015 in Berlin. More information on this can be found at: seed.eusbsr.eu

Following an extensive consultation with Member States concerned and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, a revised Action Plan of the EUSBSR was agreed with Member States concerned and now is finalised. The revised Action Plan, which is more streamlined and focused, consists of 13 policy areas and 4 horizontal actions, in total 17 thematic areas of macro-regional significance. It also includes a new chapter on the role of regional organisations/networks and their added-value within the EUSBSR. The revised Action Plan was presented at the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR (15-16 June 2015, Jūrmala, Latvia).

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The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centrum Balticum foundation have produced a guide on the EUSBSR in Finnish language. The new guide is focusing on basic information about the Baltic Sea Region strategy.

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A new publication funded by INTERACT and carried out by Spatial Foresight is now available. It addresses cooperation methods and tools applied by ESI Funds programmes to support the implementation of the EUSBSR during 2014-2020. The publication also includes recommendations on the next steps.