To support the implementation of EU Macro-regional and sea-basin strategies, the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme is supporting clustering activities between ongoing projects.

Clustering activities can take place between projects from different programmes dealing with the same theme or projects that are addressing the same territorial challenges. The cooperation has to take place between projects funded by different cooperation programmes and the objective is to ensure better implementation of the cooperating projects, more efficient use of the funding, better results and wider dissemination of the results. 

The clustering activities shall contribute to the implementation of EU’s Macro-regional and Sea-Basin strategies, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic, or to the EU Arctic Communication, An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic.

The deadline for submitting clustering projects is 30th September 2017.

More information on the call available on the NPA Programme's website.

The training will strengthen your skills in designing, developing and implementing projects within Policy Area Health of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Read more: Call for Applications: Capacity building for EUSBSR stakeholders within Policy Area Health

Evaluation and background report of the 7th EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm 8-9 November 2016 has been published. 

In the report the overall organisation, publications released during the event, the workshops and seminars, media coverage and the results of the evaluation survey are published and analysed. In addition, the Swedish organisers of the event offer a list of "10 dos and don'ts" for the future organisers of the EUSBSR Annual Forum.

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Have a look at the report below.

In July 2017 the European Commission published a Communication "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth". In the Communication the Commission is proposing a new set of actions to further help Europe's regions invest in their niche areas of competitive strength ("smart specialisation") and generate the innovation, resilience and growth needed.

The Communication is accompanied by the Commission's Staff Working Document where the importance of the EU macro-regional strategies in increasing cooperation in innovation investment across European regions is recognised and concrete examples from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region are provided.

More information:

European Commission communication "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth"

European Commission Staff Working Document "Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Towards resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth at territorial level"

For further information see the Commission's website

National Coordinators (NC) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region represent the member states involved in the Strategy. The NC-group is the overall coordination body for the development, implementation and policy monitoring of the EUSBSR. Also representative from the European Commission is a member of the group. The NC-group may also invite representatives from other organisations, national representative or other to their meetings.

At the NC meeting on June 15th 2017, the group formally adopted the Rules of Procedure (RoP) of the NC-group, which outlines, among others, the tasks and decision-making practices of the group. Also the orders of rotation for the NC-group’s chairmanship and the EUSBSR Annual Fora are determined until 2025.

According to the adopted Rules of Procedure “the non-attributable reports will be made public” on the EUSBSR website. The Rules of Procedure document and the report from the NC-meetings will be found here (Rules of Procedure will be published as soon as final elaborations are approved).

Reporting the work of the NC-group increases the transparency of the coordination of the EUSBSR. Among all Macro-regional Strategies, the EUSBSR is the first one reporting of the decision-making in the coordination body of the Strategy.

 

Attachments:
Download this file (170705 Report EUSBSR NC meeting Berlin 15 June_Final.pdf)Report NC group meeting June 15 2017[ ]311 kB

 

The latest Eurobarometer on ‘Citizens' awareness and perceptions of EU regional policy’, conducted in the spring 2017, has just been published in June 2017.

The Eurobarometer is part of a series of studies that examines Europeans’ awareness of and attitudes towards EU Regional Policy. The respondents’ awareness of EU co-financed projects and of EU’s key regional funds are reported in the study. Also reported are the opinions on which geographical regions and areas of investment the EU should target and who should take decisions about regional investments. The study concludes by looking at public awareness of cross-border cooperation, including four EU macro-regional strategies in the Baltic Sea, Danube river, Alpine area and Adriatic and Ionian Sea regions, Interreg and EU outermost regions.

According to the Eurobarometer a majority of respondents in EU countries are unaware that there is an EU strategy to promote cooperation in certain areas (59%). More than a tenth of respondents (14%) are aware of a strategy to promote cooperation between countries around the Baltic Sea. Fewer are aware of similar initiatives around the Danube river, the Alpine area (both 8%) and the Adriatic and Ionian Sea (7%).

Eurobarometer 1
Source: Flash Eurobarometer 452

“Around the Baltic Sea” is the most mentioned answer in 17 countries. More than half the respondents in Sweden and Estonia (both 51%) and Finland (60%) mention this area of cooperation.

Eurobarometer 2

Source: Flash Eurobarometer 452

In addition to the Eurobarometer overall report, factsheets of each member state are provided in English and on national languages.

Find the report and factsheets here.