The guidelines for forming a steering committee for Policy Areas and Horizontal Actions have been updated and published on the EUSBSR web. In the action plan, it is stated that every area and action should be chaired by the coordinator and that the steering group should be composed of all Members States and other relevant Baltic Sea region states. More information is found in the attachment under EUSBSR governance.


This communication tool-kit draws on the knowledge from the ‘Baltic Leadership Programme (BLP) Communication’ modules. The content provide concrete guidance, tips and practical examples on how the strategy can be communicated – both internally and externally.

The tool-kit is designed for any Policy Area Coordinators (PAC) and Horizontal Action Coordinators (HAC) involved in implementing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

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Lithuania has made a plan how to embed EUSBSR into the ESIF programmes. The Lithuanian case is described in the attachment below.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region has opened the call for applications for targeted support and communication measures for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The call is open from 14 December 2015 to 29 February 2016.

The projects funded under this call support the implementation of the EUSBSR by:

  • Ensuring its visibility as well as contributing to the implementation of the EUSBSR Communication Strategy (available at,
  • Providing capacity building for the key implementing stakeholders of the EUSBSR (National Coordinators, Policy Area Coordinators, Horizontal Action Coordinators and other relevant financial institutions),
  • Providing support to evaluation of the EUSBSR.

More information is available on the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme web.


The work on formulating a Communication Strategy for the EUSBSR is finalised. The work is now available on the EUSBSR web together with background paper showing analyses  of communication activities already done. The Communication Strategy (Section A) is finally approved by the group of National Coordinators in their meeting on 11 December 2015. This document also includes a background paper on communication (as section B).

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Executive Agency for SMEs in the European Commission has launched a call for Thematic Routes on Underwater Cultural Heritage.

The general objective is also to promote the creation of these routes and its preservation as a way to promote competitiveness of the coastal and maritime tourism sector.

The call for proposal is available if you click on the EASME web. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2016.

Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the European Commission is welcoming people and organisations to start planning for the next Strategy Forum that is arranged in Stockholm, Sweden on 8-9 November 2016.

As part of the preparations there is a web page opened for the forum. At the same time, Sweden is inviting anyone interested to start preparing for seminars and workshops during the Strategy Forum. There is a guidance paper on how to apply for this on the new web page.

The Alps are the most intensely used mountain region of the world. Therefore, the preservation and enjoyment of natural and cultural assets in the area should be at the heart of the Strategy as well as facilitating a sustainable internal and external accessibility. At the same time, the main challenge of the Strategy should be to tackle the economic, social and territorial imbalances existing in the Alpine Region as well as stimulating an innovative and sustainable model of development, which enables the promotion of growth and jobs.

This event brings together the EU Institutions, participating States and Regions and all key players in the governance and implementation of the EUSALP and offers all the main stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and ideas on the best working methods and efficient management of the Strategy.

The event, co-organized by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, will take place in Brdo (Slovenia) on the 25th and 26th of January 2016.

More information on Commission web and on the event web.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme calls for applications for funding from the Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The call was opened today and the last day to apply for funding is the 28 January 2016.

There is more information with relevant links available on the Interreg BSR web.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme provides 255.000 euro for the 7th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The Programme’s Monitoring Committee approved a proposal by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Forum will take place on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

More information on EUSBSR related funding issues if you click here.