The Baltic Sea Labour Forum (BSLF) is a network of the social partners in the Baltic Sea Region. It serves as a platform for exchange of experience and communication between the key labour market actors in most countries in the Baltic Sea Region.

The Enlarged Steering Committee has agreed on two common focus areas for 2012-13 which are mobility of labour and youth unemployment. In late autumn 2012 the second Annual Round Table of the Baltic Sea Labour Forum will be organised in Hamburg.

BSLF is the only cooperation body where trade union, employer organisation parliament and governmental organisation representatives work together to create sustainable regional labour markets within in the BSR:
www.cbss.org/bslf

The Swedish ESF Council, will the coming years strengthen the transnational cooperation between projects funded by the ESF in the Member States. The intention is also to analyze the relation and linkage between the ESF and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

A network of the Managing Authorities for the ESF between the Member States concerned  – Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany -  has been consolidated and a number of joint activities will be carried out: conferences, partner search forums and learning seminars in Sweden as well as in the other Member States.

There is also a
new web available focusing on transnational issues in ESF.

The project BSN – ESF is coordinated by the Swedish ESF Council and funded by the Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Unit (a Swedish central government agency).

A total amount of 10 websites for Priority Areas and 2 for Horizontal Actions are now available from the EUSBSR website. Some more will be launched soon.

Seven new videos have been uploaded on the EUSBSR YouTube channel. Colin Wolfe, Head of DG Regio, addresses the developments of the Strategy on two of these videos. Moreover Priority Area 13 videos have also been made available. Access them by clicking on the YouTube icon under the section Social Media on the right column.

The purpose of the web site is primarily to spread the information about the EUSBSR among the present and future Polish stakeholders. The Polish NCP and the Ministry of Foreign Policy want to improve the visibility of the EUSBSR in Poland. The web page is conducted in Polish language.

The Commission has now provided translations of the new Communication for the EUSBSR. All different language versions are available in the zip-file attached to the Communication in the left-hand side under the Headline: Documentation