Baltic TRAM project is offering companies in the Baltic Sea region free access to analytical research to help them in developing news products and services.

Companies selected for support will receive scientific advice tailored to their specific business needs. More precisely, they will be provided with free measurements of material samples on micro, nano- or molecular scale, and consultations with experts in analytical research facilities and research institutes. Through these services, companies will be able to upscale the knowledge of their materials’ properties and help improve their product portfolio or in-house manufacturing processes.

Read more: Open call for companies to access free analytical research

Six of the ten finalists for the European Capital of Innovation Award 2017 are from the Baltic Sea region countries.

The Baltic Sea region cities are Aarhus (DK), Berlin (DE), Copenhagen (DK), Helsinki (FI), Tallinn (EE) and Tampere (FI). The other finalists are Nice (FR), Paris (FR), Tel Aviv (IL) and Toulouse (FR). The winner will be announced on 7 November 2017 in Lisbon Web Summit.

Read more: Baltic Sea region well represented among finalists for European Capital of Innovation Award

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%).

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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.

 

 

“No new funding” is one of the founding principles of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Instead, the existing funding schemes and programmes should be used more effectively.

As cooperating transnationally is crucial for the implementation of the EUSBSR objective, the EU structural funds should better enable transnational components in the projects funded. To answer this need a network of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Managing Authorities has been established. The ERDF MA-network is aiming at increasing the geographical flexibility of ERDF structural funds, to better contribute to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The network was established in Warsaw on 19 May 2016. Only a year later it has already initiated a pilot project called “Cleaner Growth”. The objective of the pilot is to develop transnational collaboration proposals to help regions implementing smart specialisation strategies focusing on cleantech. The pilot project and the work of the ERDF MA-network was communicated widely for the first time in the 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR on 13-14 June 2017.

The pioneering project collaboration between existing ERDF-funded projects should begin during the autumn 2017. PA Innovation and the ERDF MA-network will inform about the process.

Find more information on the topic on the presentation of Niclas Forsling in the Annual Forum session “Macro-regional Strategies – What’s in it for Cohesion Policy?”

Policy Area Innovation of the EUSBSR is strongly involved in the process of the ERDF MA-network and the pilot project initiative. A blog on the ERDF MA-network can be read on PA Innovation’s website.

Contact PA Innovation Coordinators for more information.

Photos from the 8th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region are available on the EUSBSR Flickr account. Photos can be used in non-commercial contexts as long as the photographer is accredited.

AFPhotos by Bernd Fiehöfer

Find the photos here.


The EUSBSR Flickr account serves as a photo stock for EUSBSR related contexts. It is administered by Let's communicate project.