Baltic TRAM project is offering companies in the Baltic Sea region free access to analytical research to help them in developing news products and services.

Companies selected for support will receive scientific advice tailored to their specific business needs. More precisely, they will be provided with free measurements of material samples on micro, nano- or molecular scale, and consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes. Through these services, companies will be able to upscale the knowledge of their materials’ properties and help improve their product portfolio or in-house manufacturing processes.

Read more: Open call for companies to access free analytical research

Six of the ten finalists for the European Capital of Innovation Award 2017 are from the Baltic Sea region countries.

The Baltic Sea region cities are Aarhus (DK), Berlin (DE), Copenhagen (DK), Helsinki (FI), Tallinn (EE) and Tampere (FI). The other finalists are Nice (FR), Paris (FR), Tel Aviv (IL) and Toulouse (FR). The winner will be announced on 7 November 2017 in Lisbon Web Summit.

Read more: Baltic Sea region well represented among finalists for European Capital of Innovation Award

To support the implementation of EU Macro-regional and sea-basin strategies, the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme is supporting clustering activities between ongoing projects.

Clustering activities can take place between projects from different programmes dealing with the same theme or projects that are addressing the same territorial challenges. The cooperation has to take place between projects funded by different cooperation programmes and the objective is to ensure better implementation of the cooperating projects, more efficient use of the funding, better results and wider dissemination of the results. 

The clustering activities shall contribute to the implementation of EU’s Macro-regional and Sea-Basin strategies, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic, or to the EU Arctic Communication, An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic.

The deadline for submitting clustering projects is 30th September 2017.

More information on the call available on the NPA Programme's website.

The training will strengthen your skills in designing, developing and implementing projects within Policy Area Health of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Read more: Call for Applications: Capacity building for EUSBSR stakeholders within Policy Area Health

Evaluation and background report of the 7th EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm 8-9 November 2016 has been published. 

In the report the overall organisation, publications released during the event, the workshops and seminars, media coverage and the results of the evaluation survey are published and analysed. In addition, the Swedish organisers of the event offer a list of "10 dos and don'ts" for the future organisers of the EUSBSR Annual Forum.

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Have a look at the report below.

In July 2017 the European Commission published a Communication "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth". In the Communication the Commission is proposing a new set of actions to further help Europe's regions invest in their niche areas of competitive strength ("smart specialisation") and generate the innovation, resilience and growth needed.

The Communication is accompanied by the Commission's Staff Working Document where the importance of the EU macro-regional strategies in increasing cooperation in innovation investment across European regions is recognised and concrete examples from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region are provided.

More information:

European Commission communication "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth"

European Commission Staff Working Document "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Towards resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth at territorial level"

For further information see the Commission's website