The new updated beginner's guide to the EU Startegy for the Baltic Sea Region has been published by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

The brochure includes basic information about the EUSBSR and its implementation. In addition it introduces people working within the Strategy framework and also model examples of projects implementing the EUSBSR objectives.

Download and read the brochure on the Strategy Forum's website or below.

 

Beginners guide

 

Attachments:
Download this file (The Baltic sea region for beginners.pdf)EUSBSR for beginners[ ]1554 kB

Interact has released a new publication: Macro-regional strategies in changing times - EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSALP and EUSAIR headed towards the future together.

The publication brings together for the first time all four EU macro-regional strategies and the issues relevant for all of them. It aims at bringing the Strategies out of their own geographical contexts to stakeholders in a larger area. Peer-to-peer activities between the Strategies and their stakeholders are enforced with the publication. 

The publication includes points of view of several experts and also a nice quiz on macro-regional strategies.

Read the publication on Interact's website.

 

 

A new foresight report published by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) lays the ground for discussions in the seventh EUSBSR Strategy Forum taking place in Stockholm 8-9 November.

The report gives an input to the discussions about what the future might bring – and the added value that could be achieved through Baltic Sea Region cooperation. The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region provides with a framework and important objectives, but constant development is needed to achieve the objectives in a rapidly changing context.

The authors of the report and other commentators are discussing the report in a parallel seminar "Looking towards 2030 - from foresight to vision" on Tuesday 8 November at 15:00-16:20. The report will however contribute to many discussions during the Forum.

Read the summary and the whole report on Strategy Forum website.

 

Successful 9th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum (BSTF) was closed on 20th October with the adoption of the participants Forum Declaration and greetings of the 2017 BSTF host region Turku, Finland.

On 19-20 October 2016 around 160 tourism stakeholders gathered in Pärnu, Estonia to discuss the many aspects of seasonality and sustainability and to meet with their peers. The Forum was organized by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism, Tartu University | Pärnu College and the City of Pärnu. Keynotes, panel discussions and interactive workshops were used to meet the needs of the various stakeholders groups, including private businesses interested in transnational cooperation and exchange.

Moreover, the Forum attracted back-to-back meetings of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference Working Group on “Sustainable Tourism” and the Steering Group of Policy Area Tourism. In addition, the Forum organizers seized the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Council of the Baltic Sea States to discuss further options of Baltic Sea cooperation.

During the discussions it was suggested to not define sustainable tourism as a distinct field of tourism, but to rather think of all tourism in a more sustainable manner. In addition, the participants were advised to seize the UNWTO’s 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as an opportunity to jointly further sustainable tourism development in the Baltic Sea region, also against the background of the Baltic 2030 process, a process of renewed commitment to sustainable development initiated by the member states of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in June 2016. Reinvigorating the Strategy for Sustainable Tourism in the Baltic Sea region would be a first step to take.

Find the Forum Declaration below.

For more information and Forum material, see the event website.

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The Newsletter for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has been revived!

Subscribe to the Newsletter on the front page of the EUSBSR website.

The newsletter of October 2016 launches the new project "Let's communicate!" as the communication point of the EUSBSR. The project continues the work done previously by Interact Office Turku. Read more about the project objectives and partnership in the new blog section, Highlights, on our website.

In the newsletter also information about the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in November and Macroregional Matchmaking sessions organized during the Forum.

Read the newsletter here.

 

 

 

EUSBSR Policy Area Innovation has launched a strategy guide, 2016–2020, which aims to put the EUSBSR Action Plan into practice within the policy area of innovation.

As defined by the Action Plan of the EUSBSR, Policy Area Innovation is essentially about intelligently combining the regional strengths, competences, research and development (R&D) and players of the entire Baltic Sea Region. The aim of this strategy guide is to provide policymakers and innovation actors with guidance and inspiration for how to best utilize the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region so as to effectively achieve EU and joint national goals.

You can download and get more information about the strategy guide here

Forside Strategy Guide