The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is created to strengthen cooperation between countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Save the sea, connect the region and increase prosperity – this is our common field of work.

By the #EUSBSRBetterTogether! campaign starting today and promoting this cooperation framework we want to highlight the importance of working together to ensure further growth in our region and face future challenges.

Stay tuned for the updates on EUSBSR Facebook page and Twitter account and follow the #EUSBSRBetterTogether!

 

 


The 10th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR will be held in Gdańsk on 12-13th June 2019. The Forum will be hosted by the Pomorskie Region together with the Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation in close cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and other partners.

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About 800 participants from governments, international organisations, NGOs, universities, local and regional administrations and businesses will come together to discuss developments and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

Please book the date in your calendar and visit Gdańsk – city of freedom and solidarity - in June 2019! More information will soon follow at the EUSBSR website.

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The Annual Forum is co-financed from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 programme.

 

As many as 31 new projects will receive funding within the framework of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. The Monitoring Committee of Interreg Baltic Sea Region met in Tallinn on 19-20 September 2018 to select most promising transnational projects to further stimulate the development of the region in the fields of capacity for innovation, management of natural resources and sustainable transport.

Newly selected projects complement 74 ongoing projects from the first call and second call, and will actively contribute to making the Baltic Sea region more innovative, better accessible and sustainable.

More information here.

Is your organisation participating in an EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? Would you like to co-operate with countries outside the EU? If you are a Swedish organisation, you can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute to establish and develop networks in this area!

Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea Region offers Swedish actors the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from Russia or the countries of the EU Eastern Partnership in a current EU project or a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The projects applying for funding for Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea Region will contribute to economic, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea region and its immediate area. In the long term they will contribute to an increased integration in the region. The projects will work on a common challenge in the region and benefit all participating actors.

The projects should have a clear link to policies in the region: the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and/or the EU Eastern Partnership.

More information here.

In early October 2018 Interreg Baltic Sea Region launches the second call of the funding instrument “Project platforms”. In a project platform, core partners of Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects can cooperate with partners from other EU funded programmes and coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.

To support the forming up of project platforms, a development seminar is organised in Berlin, Germany on 13 November 2018. It is addressed to project partners of Interreg Baltic Sea Region regular projects, coordinators of the EUSBSR and representatives from projects of other EU funding programmes that work on such topics as: 

Research and innovation infrastructures,

Smart specialisation approach and strategies,

Marine bottom litter management,

Management of marine space, and

Climate change adaptation and mitigation.

During the seminar the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (MA/JS) explains main features and requirements for project platforms. The second part of the event is devoted to pitching platform ideas and developing them further.  

At the end of the seminar, individual consultations with the MA/JS are possible upon prior request. 

Registration opens in the beginning of October.

More information here.

Application open for Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth & Bioeconomy

Are you interested in renewing and innovating the field of Bioeconomy and taking part in an intergenerational dialogue?

An entirely unique leadership training programme to tackle the challenges of youth participation in the Bioeconomy sector, for participants from the Baltic Sea Region.

BLP Youth addresses the need to better integrate younger generations into the field of Bioeconomy. Youth (up to 30 years of age) are vital for renewing and innovating the sector, which is necessary in the transition from a fossil based to a bio based society/economy, but today necessary links and methods for attracting and involving youth are lacking.

The programme is targeting representatives from youth organisations as well as representatives from organisations working with Bioeconomy. We are looking forward to receiving applications from Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Iceland, as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

The application period is open until  22nd August. For detailed information check the website of the Swedish Institute or follow the link to submit your application. In case of questions, please contact Gabor Schneider at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +46-8-453 78 59, Mobile: +46-732-318521.

Communication is cited as one of the most important success factors or one of the crucial failure reason of any undertaking. Effective communication is targeted and simple. But how to incorporate a simple communication to a complex problem with multi-level actors involved? This is one of the greatest challenges for the European Union Strategy for Baltic Sea Region.

Let’s Communicate! project goes on contributing to further development of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) communication strategy and increasing involvement of various actors in the Region.

Within the Baltic Sea Subregional States Cooperation (BSSSC) Annual Conference Solidarity, participation and smart action for a better future” , Let’s Communicate! will host an inspiring workshop “Communicating Baltic Sea region cooperation as simple as possible – but not simpler. The contribution from the regions”, which will take place on the second day of the Conference.

In the workshop the focus will be given to the importance of regional and local actors in communicating Baltic Sea region cooperation and to the benefits it brings about to the civil society.

“We have gathered excellent and diversified panellists to discuss the burning issues of EUSBSR communication strategy, says Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, Let’s Communicate coordinator within Pomorskie in the EU Association. “We do acknowledge the role of the regional and local actors in communicating the EUSBSR and we aim to involve them in the process of communicating the EUSBSR in a more effective way”, she continues and adds that the anticipated outcome of the workshop will be a valuable output to the upcoming revision of the EUSBSR communication strategy.

The registration to the Conference and the full Programme can be found here. Registration is open until the 24th of August!

 

Following the example of the EUSBSR, three other macro-regional strategies have been adopted so far: The EU Strategies for the Danube Region, for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, and for the Alpine Region. It is the role of the Interact Office Turku to enhance the exchange across these strategies. This exchange follows either concrete topics such as e.g. water quality or transport, or it addresses specific managerial questions to improve the strategies’ implementation.

In this context, in September 2018, the Interact organizes two seminars:

Should you be interested in participating, please do not forget to register!

 

 

The first Routes4U meeting for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) will take place on 6 and 7 September 2018 in Oslo, Norway. The meeting will contribute to identify the regional needs of the Baltic Sea Region with regard to the Cultural Routes Programme in the framework of the Routes4U Project.

It will determine areas of cooperation and recommendations on regional development, social participation and cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. One dedicated session will focus on strengthening the existing Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and developing new ones.

Participants to the meeting include representatives from European Institutions, Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe networks and stakeholders from the cultural and tourism field at national and macro-regional level in the Baltic Sea Region.

The event is hosted by the Arts Council Norway.

Find registration and the programme of the meeting here.

 

Since 2016 EuroAccess has been a central online information point on EU funding opportunities in the Danube region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, a decision to extent the website to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region – has been taken. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018.

EuroAccess, acting as a gateway to EU funding, provides the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others.

More information is available on www.euro-access.eu.