EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism has initiated a discussion paper series. It aims at improving the dialogue and exchange between tourism stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, particularly those who are actively engaged or interested in transnational cooperation in tourism matters.

The first paper “Transnational Destination Branding for the BSR – Political Aspiration and Practical Application” is the first tangible result of strategic discussions within the Steering Group concerning the potential for joint actions. The paper discusses the reasons for transnational branding of the Baltic Sea Region and analyses the preconditions for such activities.

Read the discussion paper in the attachment below.

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More information on Policy Area Tourism on its website.


”Let’s communicate!” project presents:


Meet your EUSBSR-match in Creative Lounge of the Strategy Forum 2016!


Feedback from previous EUSBSR Annual Forums suggests that participants wish more networking and meeting new people. Macroregional matchmaking allows you to “speed network” with many people to find out whether you have a future in cooperation.


-          3 thematical sessions – participate in one or all of them!

-          2 minutes for each pair to introduce themselves to each other.

-          1 goal: the more familiar faces, the more cooperation opportunities!

So grab your business cards and come to meet your match for future cooperation!

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See Strategy Forum and Creative Lounge programme on

More information about Macroregional Matchmaking sessions from "Let's communicate!" project coordinator miitta.eronen(a)


In 2016 Interact launched the study ‘Added value of macro-regional cooperation: collecting practice examples (cases)’. One of the steps within the study is to call upon a small focus group to test preliminary conclusions and recommendations made.

Thus the aim of the focus group is to debate draft results of the Study and recommendations of how programmes and projects can make better use of the added value that macro-regional strategies offer to them.

The focus group is scheduled for Thursday, 27 October 2016 to be held in Brussels.

More information and the registration form are available if you click here.

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The Commission has taken the initiative to push the strategic transnational cooperation in order to implement the Baltic Blue Growth Agenda.

The first step will be an online survey that will be launched soon. Based on the outcome there will be four interactive workshops in early 2017. All these activities are aiming at developing an implementation strategy for the Blue Growth in The Baltic Sea area. The strategy should be finalised during 2017.

More information about the planned processes is described in the attached document.

The first call for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region seed money opened 21 September 2016. Interested applicants are welcome to submit their applications until the 28 October 2016.

Seed money is funding provided by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme to support the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). With seed money support projects can be prepared for any funding source available in the region.

The seed money project applications are first evaluated by the EUSBSR Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators after which applications can be submitted to the Interreg BSR Programme. Final selection of seed money projects is done by the Monitoring Committee of the Programme by May 2017.

More information on Interreg BSR Programme's website.


The Russian Federation has made some EUR 4 million available to finance the participation of Russian organisations in the current second call for applications of Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

At the same time, negotiations on EU financing for Russian organisations are still ongoing. Ideally, Russian national funds and EU funds will be combined. If the Financing Agreement comes late for the current call, project partners can count on Russian national funding administered by the Managing Authority.

More information on Interreg BSR Programme's website.